Lecture and Seminar by Dr John Elsom | | |

Date: 2005/3/23-24
Time: 1-2 p.m.

Dr John Elsom, the famous theatre critic, was invited to come to Hong Kong and share with the participants how to promote xiqu to the world. These lecture and seminar are part of the project, funded by the "05/06 Biliteral Cultural Exchange Project" co-presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, is organized by Jingkun Theatre and co-organized by the Centre for Translation.
Lecture: Translating Culture: Elements of Chinese Opera and National Art in Western Theatre
Date & Time:2005/3/23, 1-2 p.m.
Venue: Room 905, 9/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

Seminar: Translating Culture: Promoting National Culture Abroad
Date & Time: 2005/3/24, 1-2 p.m.
Venue:Room 905, 9/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

About Dr John Elsom:
John Elsom, PhD, BA (Cantab), is an author, journalist, theatre critic and university teacher. In 2003, he was awarded an Order of Merit for his services to International Culture by the Romanian President, Ion Iliescu. He has held posts with Paramount Pictures and the BBC, broadcast widely and taught in universities in Britain and the US, including the Department of Arts Management at City University in London, where he started the first MA in Arts Criticism. From 1972 to 1982, he was the resident theatre critic at The Listener. He has written for many magazines and journals world-wide, including on a regular basis, London Magazine (1963-70), Contemporary Review (1978-92) and the US magazine, The World & I (1985-2004), where he was a contributing editor. He has stood for parliament and chaired the Liberal Party's Arts, Broadcasting and Heritage Committee (1978-88). He was the president of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) (1985-92), a UNESCO-affiliated non-governmental organisation, during the years which saw the ending of Cold War; and helped to stage more than fifty international conferences. John Elsom's books include Theatre Outside London, The History of the National Theatre, Erotic Theatre, Post-War British Theatre Criticism, Cold War Theatre, Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary? and (forthcoming) Missing the Point. His stage works include Peacemaker (with music by Sally Mays), Maui (opera libretto for the composer, Barry Anderson), How I Coped (a trilogy of three separate plays, One More Bull, The Well-Intentioned Builder and How I Coped, 1969), Malone Dies (1984, adapted from Samuel Beckett's novel for the comedian, Max Wall) and The Man of the Future is Dead (1985 and revised 2001). The Well-Intentioned Builder is in the repertoire at the National Theatre of Craiova in Romania. He was a founder member and chair of the Bush Theatre in London (1970-75), the chair of the Society of Hermes specialising in contemporary music (1969-72) and chaired the board of the International Workshop Festival (2001/02). He chaired the international selection committee for the Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival for six years (1995-2001); and the international juries for the Theatre of Nations Festival in Nancy (1984) and Golden Lion Theatre Festival in Lviv, Ukraine (2000).