This summer Jess and Caroline met in Edinburgh to explore the possibilities of Hua Dan taking a show to the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and onto the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales.
After seven years of delivering theatre projects with and for migrant communities across Mainland China, Hua Dan now has the dream to produce an original piece of theatre, in collaboration with a team of UK-based theatre artists, for the global stage. At a time when the world is at once fascinated, scared and unsure about what role China will play in the future, Hua Dan can share the heartbeat of this vast continent, which many westerners never get to hear, through the compelling stories of today’s young, migrant workers.
These are the stories of the women who have made Hua Dan, and who are ready to reclaim “Made in China” for themselves. Hua Dan as a company of performers, grassroots educators and entrepreneurs have learnt their craft in the hinterlands of Beijing migrant schools and the post-earthquake villages of Sichuan. The team, mostly under 30, have migrated from all corners of rural China. They are radical in their ability to think out-of-the box and make theatre in any kind of space with people from all backgrounds. They have voices that were once silenced by the production line and are now ready to make a production of their own to share with the world.
If you are interested in supporting this project, or would like to know more about it, please email [email protected].