Dramaturgy and Political Theatre Today

In this public seminar, Stefan Bläske, production dramaturg at the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), his work and experience as a dramaturg, in particular his practice at the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). As the production dramaturg of IIPM’s Five Easy Pieces – featured this October / November as part of the Hong Kong International Black Box Festival 2018 – he also shares the creative processes employed by the IIPM and explores the dramaturgy of political theatre today.

IIPM is a theatre and film production company founded by Milo Rau in 2007 for the creation and international utilisation of theatre productions, actions and films, dramaturgy and research. It is also a critical department in the investigation and treatment of historical and socio-political conflict.

6 October 2018 (Sat)


Studio Theatre, 1/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Stefan Bläske

Low Kee Hong, Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon
Janice Poon Sze Wan, Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator

Conducted in English with simultaneous Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation

Target Participants:
Theatre professionals and those with an interest in theatre

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens on 6 September 2018.


Adverse weather arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the talk, the talk will be cancelled.

About the speaker

Stefan Bläske
Dramaturg, International Institute of Political Murder

Photo: Marc Stephan

Stefan Bläske is a dramaturg and lecturer. After studying Theatre and Media Studies, Philosophy, Public Management and Governance, he worked as a research associate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and as a graduate assistant at the University of Vienna. In parallel he wrote reviews and articles for www.nachtkritik.de, the Theater der Zeit magazine supplement double, the magazine Fotogeschichte and other media. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked as a dramaturg at the Residenztheater in Munich, and in 2014 he was mentor for direction and dramaturgy at the Otto Falckenberg School of Performing Arts. Bläske has worked with the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) since 2015, when he joined director Milo Rau for the production The Dark Ages(Residenztheater, Munich).

About the Moderators

Low Kee Hong
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon

As Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District, Low Kee Hong is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for drama and theatre arts. In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of a number of projects and programmes that engage in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation. These include Hong Kong’s first International Workshop Festival of Theatre; a three-year programme on new directions in scenography (“What is Stage”); a three-year programme on dramaturgy (“Dramaturgy and Beyond”); international residency programmes with partners in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia; new commissions with international festivals, such as Samson Young’s One or Two Stories or Both with the Manchester International Festival, Teatro de los Sentidos and Tang Shu Wing’s Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody with GREC Festival Barcelona; and West Kowloon’s first original Cantonese musical The Great Statesmanfeaturing Cantonese opera elements.

Janice Poon Sze Wan
Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Janice POON is Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator at School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a veteran theatre artist and cultural practitioner engaged in cross disciplinary playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, curating and theatre making focusing on play development and text-based cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural theatre making. Her works are loaded with humanity concern in socio-political situations and has been recognised with the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship. Devoted to cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the international theatre scene, she has been a resident artist at The Lark Play Development Center in New York and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, and is also a frequent speaker and facilitator at international theatre conferences and festivals. Her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the US, China and other regions in Asia. And Then, I Float (2013) was awarded four major awards, nominated for the best play award at the Hong Hong Theatre Libre, and also invited as part of a cultural exchange project at the Schillertage festival in Mannheim, Germany (2015); Small Waisted (2016) won the Multi-cultural Short Plays Competition organised by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.