Women in Red


Women in RedWomen in Red is a solo performance by actor, film maker and theatre director Mo Lai Yan-chi. She is president of FM Theatre Power, a prominent participatory theatre company from Hong Kong. Her performance consists of eight stories that she selected from many years of practicing Playback Theatre, a form of improvisational theatre that involves audience members telling their own stories and actors re-enacting them instantly for them on stage. Mo Lai says: “Playback Theatre is lately gaining popularity in Hong Kong, although we at FM Theatre Power have been doing this for around a decade. […] The audiences come not just to watch a show, but to share their real-life stories. In these 10 years, I must have listened to several hundred stories – many of which have touched me or inspired me in their own ways. I hope that they will be heard by a larger audience, because these [storytellers’] lives have influenced mine. As an actress, I hope to bring these stories to more people.”

FM Theatre Power will come to ICAF with four of its members, including Mo Lai and our guest curator Bonnie Chan. During the festival they will facilitate a Playback and Playforward Theatre workshop in which they will illustrate the many challenges they encounter in today’s Hong Kong.

In addition to Women in Red and the FM Playback/Playforward workshop, ICAF will also screen Mo Lai’s feature film 1+1

China-Nederland in Frans Hals Museum


Anoniem, prent uit Olfert Dapper, Gedenkwaerdig bedryf in het Keizerrijk van Taising of Sina, 1670, Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Anoniem, prent uit Olfert Dapper, Gedenkwaerdig bedryf in het Keizerrijk van Taising of Sina, 1670, Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Barbaren & Wijsgeren

Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw

De tentoonstelling Barbaren & Wijsgeren belicht de wederzijdse beeldvorming tussen China en Nederland in de zeventiende eeuw. Nederlanders waren gefascineerd door de cultuur van het ‘Hemelse Rijk’, Chinezen verbaasden zich over de Nederlandse ‘roodharige barbaren’. Een keur aan schilderijen, tekeningen, porselein en modellen brengt de culturele uitwisseling in kaart. De tentoonstelling is te zien in het Frans Hals Museum van 25 maart tot en met 20 augustus 2017.

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China, The Rise of an Empire


Mysteries of China 1

Omniversum, Pres. Kennedylaan 5, Den Haag from 16 May!

China, The Rise of an Empire captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times, telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Starting with modern China and springing back as we seek the birth of this mighty nation, we talk of an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.

It happened in 1974, when farmers, digging a well in Xi’an, stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds the world had ever discovered – the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors offer a unique time capsule into the past, revealing many things about the very founding of this great country, which we use to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower.

From modern China, to ancient China, and back again, the film is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor and growth, in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.

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