Member Book: Ferrari and Thorpe, Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore

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Dear list members,

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book I coedited with Ashley Thorpe, Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore.

Book Details

Ferrari, Rossella and Ashley Thorpe, eds. Asian City Crossings: Pathways of Performance through Hong Kong and Singapore. Routledge, 2021.

ISBN 9780367488413

274 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations


Asian City Crossings is the first volume to examine the relationship between the city and performance from an Asian perspective. It introduces "city as method" as a new conceptual framework for the investigation of practices of city-based performing arts collaboration and city-to-city performance networks across East- and Southeast Asia and beyond.

The volume captures creative dialogue that travels city-based pathways along the Hong Kong-Singapore route, as well as between Hong Kong and Singapore and other cities. It includes essays by scholars of Asian studies, theatre studies, ethnomusicology, and human geography and reflective accounts by performing arts practitioners based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mapping the Terrain: Hong Kong, Singapore, and the City as Method -- Rossella Ferrari and Ashley Thorpe

2. Culture of Exchange and Cultural Exchange -- Danny Yung

3. From 1989 to 1997 and Beyond: Zuni Icosahedron’s Transnational Explorations  --Wah Guan Lim

4. Dialectics as Creative Process and Decentring China: Zuni Icosahedron and Drama Box’s One Hundred Years of Solitude 10.0: Cultural Revolution -- How Wee Ng

5. Thoughts on Cross-Cultural Collaboration by Mok Chiu-yu, a Hong Konger: What We Did and Why There Was Little Interaction with Singapore -- Mok Chiu-yu

6. Augustine Mok Chiu-yu’s Intercultural Asian People’s Theatre: Imagining "The Third Way" for Hong Kong -- Jessica Yeung

7. Solitude to Solidarity: Imagined Transnational Alliance of Humanity against Bestial Hegemony -- Daphne P. Lei

8. Crossing-Over as Strategy -- Liu Xiaoyi

9. The City and the Artist: Alice Theatre Laboratory’s Seven Boxes Possessed of Kafka in Shanghai -- Mirjam Tröster

10. Unequal Cosmopolitanisms: Staging Singaporean Nanyin in and beyond Asia -- Shzr Ee Tan

11. Minor Translocalism: Messy and Marginal Networks in and beyond Singapore. An Interview with Tan Suet Lee -- Amanda Rogers

12. Facilitating Exchange -- Kok Heng Leun

13. Postscript: Asian City Crossings as a Strategy for Freedom? -- Rossella Ferrari and Ashley Thorpe


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Kind regards,

Rossella Ferrari

University of Vienna