- Phone : 718-392-3493
- Alt Phone : 347-528-8412
- Address : 20 J Street, 214, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Chinese Theatre Works has a dual mission of preserving and promoting traditional Chinese performance styles and creating new works using Chinese opera, traditional Chinese shadow puppetry, and contemporary Western forms of theater and puppetry. Very few companies present traditional Chinese culture to American audiences, and even fewer companies create new pieces putting traditional performance into a contemporary cultural frame. CTW is truly unique in that we serve as a bridge for Chinese artists to both practice their centuries-old techniques, and absorb some of the innovations of the contemporary New York theatre scene. Seen from the other side of the bridge American audiences In our work, the cultural exchange goes both ways. Not only do the Western artists involved gain insight from working in a very different performance tradition, but the Chinese artists are able to explore ways of translating their art form into a Western context. Our theatre work is a continuation of our ongoing investigation of the ways that very different styles of performance can speak to each other, working across barriers of language and culture, through visual language, dance and music as well as textual interplay.