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Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China
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In 2010 we met in Beijing, China, by invitation of the Central Academy for Drama China (CADC) and with support from the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Centre of OISTAT. This was the first official OISTAT meeting in China. The preparation spanned over two years. OISTAT secretariat and the executive director Wei - Wen Chang provided valuable assistance and advice during the entire process.
The program of the Beijing meeting included two business sessions in which we addressed organizational issues, membership, planning for the next meetings. Overview reports of on-going OISTAT projects, namely, Scenofest 2011, the new OISTAT website and WSD 2013, DTW, were presented for discussion by OISTAT Executive Director Wei-Wen Chang, Scenofest project leader Jessica Bowles and DTW project leader Michael Ramsaur and Marina Raytchinova. (Minutes of the business sessions are attached.)
The International educational symposium, held in conjunction and under the theme
“ Contemporary Design Education - Between National Tradition, Innovation and Globalization ” featured the impact of growing internationalism on the contemporary theatre education and practice and the importance of respecting national specifics and traditions. Ten presenters from China and from OISTAT explored approaches to teaching design and stage technology. The symposium provoked great interest and was attended by over 100 students from CADC. It was also featured in a special academic publication of CADC.
In addition to the working sessions, the Chinese hosts offered an exciting cultural program: visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, traditional Pecking opera performance and a wonderful scenography exhibit of works by students and professors from the Academy. Last, but not least the international delegates enjoyed opportunities to meet and talk with Chinese designers and teachers in an informal professional environment.
The meeting in Beijing was very successful. Our Chinese colleagues did not spare enthusiasm and effort to prepare an excellent meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the hosts from the Central Academy for Drama and in particular to President Xiu Xiang, Prof. Liu Libin, Prof. Sun Daquing, as well as to Prof. Zhang Kangmei, Ms. Lu Ning and Ms. Ju Ping.
(Click here to download the paper by D-r Gabrille Högg, delivered at the Beijing EduCom meeting. D-r Högg provides an overview of the education system in Germany, which offers specialization in a very wide range of professions in the field of theatre and event technology. )
Submitted by Marina Raytchinova, Chair