International Collaboration

One Table Many Chairs (2017-2019)

Physcial workshop in Jakarta, 2019
Performance directed by Danny Yung and Liu Xiaoyi in Jarkart, 2019
Workshop in Salihara Arts Centre, Jakarta, 2019
the Atelier for Young Festival Managers NEXT, Kortrijk, 2019
Artists Discussion in Salihara Arts Centre, Jakarta, 2019
Shanghai Urban Cultural Exchange Conference, 2019
One Belt One Road Cross Cultural Conference in Hong Kong, 2019
Liu Xiaoyi visit artists in Phnom Penh during his Network Research, 2019
Liu Xiaoyi visit artists in Yogjakarta during his Network Research,2019
One Table Two Chairs Meeting in Tokyo, 2018
Wharf Workshop in Yokohama, 2019
Wharf Workshop in Yokohama, 2018
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Without dialogue, there wouldn’t be development;
Without exchange, there wouldn’t be progress.

One Table Many Chairs is an international exchange programme that aims to establish an in-depth and reciprocal regional network invested in the cultivation of Singapore-based cultural leaders with a keen interest to work regionally.

Since 2011, Liu Xiaoyi has spent years engaging and collaborating with artists and arts groups from different cities and institutions across Asia. The establishment of Emergency Stairs in 2017 finally allowed us to consolidate the exchanges networks and platforms into the One Table Many Chairs programme. 

Together with the Southernmost Project that brings artists from the region to Singapore for exchange and dialogue, the Emergency Stairs created an invaluable, two-way network where cross-border exchanges and creations can happen both inside and outside of Singapore. The experiment focuses on the long-term, and emphasizes not on one-off experiences but sustained collaborations over time and space.

Through the programme, we aim to develop an exchange model that promotes deeper cross-disciplinary and cross-regional exchanges.

*This project is supported by NAC’s Capacity Development Grant in 2017-2018 and by NAC’s Capacity Development Partnership in 2019

2019

21-25 Nov / Jakarta

Programme: International Collaboration 2019

Organiser: LKP Tari Natya Lakshita Didik Nini Thowok

Venue: Salihara Arts Centre

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Sabrina Sng, Amin Farid

 

15-21 Nov / Bali

Programme: International Collaboration 2019

Organiser: LKP Tari Natya Lakshita Didik Nini Thowok

Venue: ISI Denpasar

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Sabrina Sng, Amin Farid

 

13-15 Nov / Yogyakarta 

Programme: International Collaboration 2019

Organiser: LKP Tari Natya Lakshita Didik Nini Thowok

Venue: ISI Yogyakarta

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Sabrina Sng, Amin Farid

 

13-19 Nov / Kortrijk

Programme: the Atelier for Young Festival Managers NEXT

Organiser: The Festival Academy

Venue: Budafabriek

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

 

22-27 Oct / Shanghai

Programme: Urban Cultural Exchange Conference 2019 Annual Meeting

Organiser: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Venue: Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Grace Lee

 

1-16 Sep / Hong Kong

Programme: One Belt One Road Cross Cultural Exchange Research and Experimental Theatre Touring Program 2019

Organiser: Zuni Icosahedron

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Singapore Participants:  Liu Xiaoyi, Jo Lim, Sabrina Sng, Amin Farid

 

21-23 Aug / Yogyakarta

Programme: Strategic Research Study (Southeast Asia)

Organiser: Emergency Stairs

Venue:  ISI (Indonesian Institute of Arts) Yogyakarta, Bagong Kussudiardja Foundation, LKP Tari Natya Lakshita Didik Nini Thowok

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

 

15-16 Aug / Kuala Lumpur

Programme: Strategic Research Study (Southeast Asia)

Organiser:  Emergency Stairs

Venue: Five Arts Centre, INXO Arts and Culture Foundation

Singapore Participants:  Liu Xiaoyi

 

14-15 Aug / Phnom Penh

Programme: Strategic Research Study (Southeast Asia)

Organiser: Emergency Stairs

Venue: Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, Amrita Performing Arts

Singapore Participants:  Liu Xiaoyi

 

13-14 Aug / Bangkok

Programme: Strategic Research Study (Southeast Asia)

Organiser:  Emergency Stairs

Venue: Unfolding Kafka Festival, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Singapore Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

2018

19-29 Oct / Tokyo

Programme: One Table Two Chairs Meeting 2018

Organiser: Za-koenji Public Theatre

Venue: Za-koenji Public Theatre

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

 

8-20 Oct / Hong Kong

Programme: Creative Playground 2018

Organiser: Eurasia Belt Road Cross-Cultural Exchange Program, Zuni Icosahedron

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Chanel Chan, Zachary Ho

 

23 Sep-7 Oct / Taipei

Programme: Euro-Asia Young Performing Artists cross-cultural exchange and education program

Organiser: National Taiwan College of Performing Arts

Venue: National Taiwan College of Performing Arts

Participants:  Liu Xiaoyi

2017

6-11 Dec / Hong Kong

Programme: Belt Road Cities Exchange Conference 

Organiser: Zuni Icosahedron

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Participants:  Liu Xiaoyi, Chong Woon Yong

 

11-25 Nov / Taipei

Programme: Euro-Asia Young Performing Artists cross-cultural exchange and education program

Organiser: National Taiwan College of Performing Arts

Venue: National Taiwan College of Performing Arts

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

 

20-30 Oct / Tokyo

Programme: One Table Two Chairs Meeting 2017 

Organiser: Za-Koenji Public Theatre

Venue: Za-Koenji Public Theatre

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi, Chong Woon Yong

 

11 Sep-6 Oct / Zurich

Programme: Euro-Asia Young Performing Artists Cross-Cultural Exchange and Education Program

Organiser: Zurich University of the Arts

Venue: Zurich University of the Arts

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

 

9-10 Sep / London

Programme: Asian City-to-City Collaboration and Performing Arts Exchange

Organiser: SOAS University of London

Venue: SOAS University of London

Participants: Liu Xiaoyi

The Wharf Workshop (2018-2019)

The Wharf Workshop is an international theatre camp for young people organized by Wakabacho Wharf (Yokohama). It is co-curated by Makoto Sato (Tokyo) and Xiaoyi Liu (Singapore) in 2018 and 2019. Prior to the pandemic, The Wharf Workshop have been organizing gatherings for young artists active in neighboring Asian cities to learn from each other and build a network of young artists in Japan and internationally.

Wakabacho Wharf, which opened in 2017, is an arts center with a small theater, studio and dormitory-style accommodations. It is a space established by playwright and director Makoto Sato as a base for his theater activities.

2019

17 Jul- 5 Aug / Yokohama

Programme: The Wharf Workshop

Organiser: Wakabacho Wharf

Curators: Makoto Satoh, Liu Xiaoyi

2018

29 Aug-17 Sep / Yokohama

Programme: The Wharf Workshop

Organiser: Wakabacho Wharf

Curators: Makoto Satoh, Liu Xiaoyi

One Table Two Chairs Meeting (2016-2018)

One Table Two Chairs Meeting was a 3-year series of Asian experimental theatre exchange at the Za-Koenji Theatre. Emergency Stairs’ Liu Xiaoyi has been invited to participate in the festival for three consecutive years as a director, and has presented three works in Tokyo.

ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre is a theatre for contemporary performing arts. The theatre is funded by the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization. The theatre produces, presents and supports a wide range  of cultural activities for the community of Suginami, enabling people of all ages to see and take part in many art forms from drama and dance to music and storytelling.

2018

20 – 28 Oct / Tokyo

Programme: One Table Two Chairs Meeting

Journey to Nowhere

Directed by Liu Xiaoyi; Performed by Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta) & Kanji Shimizu (Tokyo)

2017

20 – 29 Oct / Tokyo

Programme: One Table Two Chairs Meeting

Journey to the South

Directed by Liu Xiaoyi; Performed by Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta) & Wang Bing (Nanjing)

2016

17 – 23 Oct / Tokyo

Programme: One Table Two Chairs Meeting

Descendants 400

Directed by Liu Xiaoyi; Performed by Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong (Graz) & Liu Xiaoyun (Nanjing)