Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national American theater organization that fosters communication among professional, community and university theaters, is in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebration. In July 2011, TCG launched its I am Theatre video series that raises awareness of the many creative and technical contributors to a theater production.
For the project, the group interviewed and filmed 50 theater artists, including actor Eric Begosian, playwright Lynn Nottage and Huntington Theatre Company's Managing Director Michael Maso, and posted one new video weekly to the TCG website.
This week's selected clip features director and CalArts theater faculty Chi-wang Yang (Theater/IM MFA 07), a founding member of Cloud Eye Control, a performance collective known for integrating technology, live theater, animation and music in its productions.
Yang—who explores issues of identity and physicality in both his theater and installation work—has been featured internationally, including at REDCAT, LACMA, Time-Based Arts Festival, Fusebox Festival, EXIT Festival (Paris), the Platform International Animation Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Havana International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe.
In the above video segment, Yang talks about his work, influences and ensuring theater's relevancy in the 21st century:
Theater can be incredibly relevant and powerful, but I think that is very much contingent on how much it is able to open up to include other kinds of art forms, aesthetics and art-making practices....ultimately, yes, I do want to consider myself a theater artist, but it's not necessarily because I want to hold onto what theater is or has been, but it's because I'm thinking about what theater can be.