扶青计划-青年艺术创想周
2017.10.21-28

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About R.A.W!

China Shanghai International Arts Festival's (CSIAF) young talents program R.A.W! is entering its third year in 2014. With the core mission to give support to Chinese young artists, R.A.W.! consists of three main strands, to commission new works, to provide performance opportunities and to increase international collaborations. Our commission program works extensively with young artists including but not limited to composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, playwrights and theatre makers. Each year, an arts panel composed of leading figures in different arts fields selects a few young artists based on the ideas they pitched. The finalists will be granted an amount of fund to develop their ideas into stage performances. Their productions are to be premiered during the opening period of the Shanghai International Arts Festival, to an audience of both public and professionals.

Over the last two years, with the help of many friends of the Festival and devoted arts practitioners, we have proudly brought to the audience 13 new productions ranging from music, dance, theatre to multi-media pieces.

Link to a brochure of our previous works:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4f8oenh0o4ywexu/RAW2012%262013%20Artists%20%26%20Works.pdf

Link to the 2013 promotion video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsdeaUUSnIE

2014 R.A.W! Commission Program

Theme: Evolution – Adapting and Transforming

Evolution started as a biological term which later developed its social and cultural implications. Its basic principle is demonstrated in the change of inherited characteristics over generations. With the multi-dimensional progress, and the interfere of unexpected changes (i.e. mutation), evolution usually results in diversity and uncertainty. So is the development of arts and culture. We chose it as this year's theme because it's the big challenge Chinese young artists are dealing with today, knowingly or not. They are facing the heavy depth of traditional culture and aesthetics, and are being exposed to the information and technology explosion. They live in an era with the unprecedented complexity of ideologies, theories and methods. We hope by bearing the theme "evolution" in mind, young artists might cast some reflection on such subject as:
» Is there subjective choice in the progress of evolution? What will that be?
» Is the current path of evolution rational?
» What was the "genetic heritage" of our current being? And how do they present themselves in contemporary arts works?
» Will there be any new perceptions to be brought into our daily life with innovative artistic expressions?

Procedure

After we announced this year's theme in April, we have received about 70 applications from Chinese young artists around the world. We are more than excited to discover that those young artists have chosen a wide range of approaches to express their understanding of the theme "evolution". They showed their perspectives in re-understanding the classics, childhood impressions, environment, social isolation, impact of new media and so on.

After several rounds of workshops, our arts panel will choose 6 of them to develop their ideas to stage works. The productions will be premiered in October at the opening period of the CSIAF and approximately the same time period as the Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (SPAF), which is also part of the CSIAF. The venue will be in the Shanghai Theatre Academy (Huashan Rd. campus).

*The next workshop is provisionally scheduled at July, 19th. We welcome your participation and we are looking forward to sharing with you more interesting stories of the young artists and their works by then.

The Arts Panel

The arts panel is formed by a number of internationally renowned maestros to ensure the artistic standard of the commissioned works and to provide support to the selected young artists. This year, members of the arts panel will provide one-on-one mater class to the selected young artists according to their specialized fields.

Chairman Tan Dun, the conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor
Member Lin Huaimin, dancer, writer, choreographer, founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Member Yang Liping, established dancer and choreographer
Member Lin Zhaohua, director and former vice-president of Beijing People's Art Theatre
Member Tian Qinxin, Director of National Theatre of China
Member He Xuntian, composer, professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Started RAW, then what?

Few great works was created without being pruned and polished over and over. As a matter of fact, it is exactly the probability to be constantly redeveloped that makes a production truly great. Hence we need every bit of assistance to help those young artists broaden their horizon, escalate their skills and improve their works. We hope in the sense of boldness, our works will always stay "RAW". Yet in artistic approaches and producing methodologies, we will "evolve" over the time. Therefore we are constantly looking for collaboration in the following aspects:
» Co-production between countries or other project-based activities with the participation of Chinese young artists.
» Attending international festivals, showcases and forums where young artists can exchange ideas with their counterparts overseas.
» Residency, training programs or funding provided by overseas arts organizations.
» Advices or forums in producing works by young artists.