Production dramaturgy – Theatre and the Socio-political

This workshop and screening series offers participants the chance to watch and explore four productions featuring dramaturgy by Stefan Bläske, Dramaturg at the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). The programme culminates in a three-day professional workshop led by Bläske, in which he examines different approaches for conducting research on socio-political issues, and explores how materials are analysed, identified and transferred into theatre productions. The workshop also looks closely at the role of the production dramaturg in shaping the performance.

Bläske has a background in theatre, philosophy, public management and governance, and has worked closely with renowned director Milo Rau as a dramaturg on major socio-political theatre productions since 2015.

Screening and Discussion series

In preparation for the artist workshop, participants watch screenings of four productions that illustrate the versatility of Bläske’s work, and discuss the wide range of materials and issues adapted and transferred by IIPM. The screening and discussion sessions are led by Janice Poon, lecturer at the School of Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Workshop sessions

The second part of the series comprises three full-day artist workshop sessions led by Stefan Bläske. During these sessions, Bläske looks at the different dramaturgical approaches used to conduct research and to analyse, identify and transfer the materials into theatre productions for the contemporary stage. He also shares insight into the role of a production dramaturg, and discusses how he offers artistic and contextual advice throughout the development process.

Screening and Discussion Series:




Screening Title


22 Sept (Sat)

2:30pm – 8:30pm


Seminar Room, 3/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

The Moscow Trials,
The Last Days of the Ceausescus,
Hate Radio,
Five Easy Pieces

Janice Poon

23 Sept (Sun)

10:00am – 6:00pm

30 Sept (Sun)

2:30pm – 8:30pm

Artist Workshop with Stefan Bläske:

Date Time Venue Speaker
3 – 5 Oct (Wed – Fri) 10:00am – 5:00pm

Studio Theatre, 1/F,  The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Stefan Bläske

Janice Poon

Selected participants are required to commit to attending all screening and workshop sessions. Due to copyright arrangements, no other viewings will be provided.

The screening and discussion series will be conducted in Cantonese and supplemented in English
The artist workshop will be conducted in English

Number of participants:

Administration Fee (Part A and B inclusive):

10% – 20% discount*
*Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions. Participants who took part in our “Dance Dramaturgy” and “Production Dramaturgy “workshops in March and July (Workshop Series 1 or 2 or 3 or both) can enjoy 10–20% discount on fees. For details, please refer to the application form.

Participants wishing to apply for Workshop Series 5 in January 2019, please pay the full fee for the first workshop series and retain your confirmation email in order to enjoy discounts on later workshops. West Kowloon will base all fees/discounts on our email records.

Target participants:
Theatre professionals including stage directors, choreographers, playwrights, performing arts critics, interdisciplinary professionals and others.
Non-theatre professionals with a background in culture and humanities or performance-related experience.
Students or graduate students of performing arts, performance studies, dramaturgy, political studies, sociology, and other fields of culture and humanities.

Participants will be selected based on their application. Please submit your application before 14 Sept 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions on or before 19 Sept 2018.

Ms Yuen: (852) 2200 0811,

The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speaker. All changes will be announced on the website.

Overseas participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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 an event, the event will be cancelled.

About the Speakers:

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, 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).

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.