Pat To YAN
Active in Hong Kong and German Theatre. Playwright, Director, Educator. Artistic Director of Reframe Theatre. Visiting Lecturer (Dramaturgy) of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Elected representative of Literary Art of Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in English Literature; the Chinese University of Hong Kong, MA in Sociology; Royal Holloway, University of London, MA in Playwriting (pass with distinction). His play A Concise History of future China is selected by 2016 Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen Stuckemart as one of the five theatre works presented. It is the first ethnic Chinese play ever selected and premiered in Hong Kong New Vision Festival 2016. The German Premiere was produced by The Staatsschauspiel Saarbrücken and The Lübeck Theatre respectively in 2020-2021. The staged reading (full or abridged version) of this play was already performed in Berlin, London, Munich, New York, Taipei & Mannheim. His play in Cantonese White Blaze of the morning is awarded Best Play, the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. Happily ever after nuclear explosion is commissioned by Munich Residenztheater and premiered in June 2018. This play is under the programme of World/Stage. He directed a Cantonese version and it was invited by Tai Kwun Theatre Season (HK) as well as Asia Playwright Festival (South Korea) in 2019 and CINARS Biennale Official Programme (Canada) 2020. In May 2018, he has been invited by National Chengchi University (Taiwan) as Artist-in-residence.
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He focuses on the multi-cultural, technological and political theatre, dance and independent film performances. He is an experienced curator and producer who have worked with the theatre and film companies in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the previous ten years. He was the curator and producer of the recent theatre and film companies including Reframe Theatre, On & On Theatre workshop, Theatre du Pif, Hong Kong Dramatists, New Vision Festival Hong Kong, International Arts Carnival and so on. He finished 3 months internship for art administration in Cloud Gate Dance Theater in Taiwan In 2014. Felix who also has studied the Master Degree in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship - Theatre & Performance Pathway, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom in 2018-19 which is supported by the scholarship from the programme of “Overseas Arts Administration Scholarships” by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His recent theatre curations (selected): Together, a digital immersive theatre by Factory Irregular (Prague Quadrennial 2019); Happily ever after nuclear explosion (2019), Goldfish of Berlin (2019), The Histories and their lovers (2018) and A Concise History of Future (New Vision Arts Festival 2016) by Reframe Theatre; Stream of Consciousness (2018), an immersive theatre by Fringe Club; The Nether (2017) by Papika Studio; Between In and Out (2017), Mobius Strip Theatre; Somewhere out there (2016) by Taiwan National Theatre, The sorrow of young Yat Sum (2016) by International Arts Carnival and so on.
Besides, he is an experienced theatre critic and the works are posted in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and China over ten years. He is the regular critic in “Art Plus” magazine (Monthly) in Hong Kong and Taiwan since 2010 and is one of the judges of The Hong Kong Theatre Libre award since 2013. He also was invited to be a critic in resident in festivals in the world, such as Holland Festival(2015 &2019), Ozasia Festival (2016), Taiwan International Festival of Arts(2011-present), Macau Arts Festival, (2009-present), Beijing Dance Festival (2016) and so on. He has got Award for Young Artist (Critic), Hong Kong Art Development Awards 2015 by Hong Kong Development Council.
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