Partners & Networks

The PETA-Mekong Partnership Project is committed to strengthen advocacy and networking with arts groups, civil society organizations, government and international organizations, developing programs in Asia to help sustain the efforts of creativity and the arts in education and advocacy for social development.


Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

Phare Ponelu Selpak is a local non-government organization based in Battambang, Cambodia dedicated in rebuilding and development of Cambodia through social and educational initiatives, more importantly the recognition and preservation of Khmer art and culture.  It was founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians who returned to their country in 1986 after a childhood spent in refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodian border.  It started as a visual arts school, and later developed other education programs (formal and non-formal) – a circus and drama school, a music school, and a literacy school, for children and young adults who were living in difficult situations (street kids, trafficked children, and orphans) to help them reintegrate into the society.

Since 2001, Phare Ponlue Selpak has developed many artistic activities that have been presented and toured around Cambodia and other countries dealing with issues surrounding land mines, HIV/AIDS, human rights, human trafficking, and the environment.  Its students have also participated in many trainings and fora which have allowed them to share their knowledge and experience, and improve their skills.

Contact information:

Address:
Phare Ponleu Selpak
Anch Anh Village, Ochar Commune
Battambang District, Battambang Province
P.O. Box 316
Cambodia

Telephone:
+855-53-952 424

Fax:
+855-23-986 008

Mobile:
+855-12-890-360

Email:
coordinator@phareps.org
admin@phareps.org
circus@phare.org
awarenesstheater@phareps.org
visualarts@phareps.org
music@phareps.org

Website:
http://www.phareps.org


Kabong Lao Theatre (Laos)

Kabong Lao Theatre is an offshoot and a special unit developed under the Lao National Puppet Theatre of the Lao Ministry of Culture and Information, organized in 2001, performing a contemporary style of puppetry known in Laos as “hun kabong”. They use natural found objects and recycle them to create masks and puppets which they use as their tool for performing. They explore and put emphasis on artistic form using their bodies as an actor and their objects (masks/puppets) in close collaboration to develop their own stories which feature both human and animal characters.

Kabong Lao have been using puppetry and animated movements to tell stories for entertainment, to convey messages, and to instill interest in the development of creative pursuits, particularly targeting children in schools and youth centers as their main audience.

Kabong Lao has toured and performed overseas to Cambodia, China, France, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and Thailand.

Contact information:

Address:
Kabong Lao Unit
Lao National Puppet Theatre
Department of Fine Arts
Ministry of Culture and Information
P.O. Box 122
Ban Sisakhet, Chantaboury District
Vientiane, Lao P.D.R.

Telephone:
+856-21-212457

Fax:
+856-21-212408

Email:
to-kabong@hotmail.com


Khaoniew Puppet Theatre Group (Laos)

Khaoniew Puppet Theatre Group, or simply “Khaoniew”, which translates into “sticky rice” that Laos is known for, is a contemporary puppet theatre group which was formulated in 2009 by 11-member artists coming from the state puppet troupe Kabong Lao Theatre. Known for using ingenious local materials—such as coconut material, bamboo buckets and sticks, as masks and puppet, combined largely with lyrical movements, they innovatively retell stories to their audience not only for entertainment, but also to convey social messages.

Khaoniew’s use of their unique form of puppetry allows the group to bridge language and social barriers, especially to ethnic communities in Laos.

Khaoniew’s work also uses games and interactive theatre to open the floor for audience participation and discussion.

Contact information:

Email:
khaoniewlao@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.khaoniew.com


Lao National Puppet Theatre (Laos)

The Lao National Puppet Theatre of the Lao Ministry of Culture and Information is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Lao puppet theatre and to promote Lao culture both for local and foreign audience. For several years now, they have been touring and performing to villages around their country, combining humor and different images through puppetry, to convey messages and for awareness on different issues – avian flu, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, rights and vulnerability of women, gender rights and the environment.

The Lao National Puppet Theatre has been supported by the Lao Government and other international organizations such as UNICEF.

Contact information:

Address:
Lao National Puppet Theatre
Ministry of Culture and Information
Samsenthai Road, Samket Village
Chathabuly District, Vientiane Capital, Lao P.D.R.

Telephone:
+856-21-212457

Fax:
+856-21-212408

Email:
suvandy@yahoo.com


Lao Youth AIDS Prevention Project and Takieng Lao Community Theatre Group (Laos)

The Lao Youth AIDS Prevention Project (LYAP) is a non-government organization established in 2000 under the umbrella of the Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization “Mettadhamma” Project. It was developed to facilitate, empower and create opportunities for Lao vulnerable youth, marginalized people (e.g. drug users, migrants and transgenders) and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to be responsible citizens and to prevent the further spread of HIV in the communities.

LYAP has initiated peer education networking to address emerging issues related to drugs, gender and sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. They have organized and developed a community theatre and performance group to engage young people in creative effort to raise awareness on different social issues.

The Takieng Lao Community Theatre Group (TLCT Group) is a non-profit community drama group organized in 2004 also under the Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization “Mettadhamma” Project, initiated by the Lao Youth AIDS Prevention Project (LYAP). Based in Nonbon, Vientiane, Laos, it was formed by a creative group of development outreach volunteers and PLWHA to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

The TLCT Group uses participatory approach and integrates theatre to engage the public in dealing with issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. They have been conducting outreach work to vulnerable groups – PLWHA, HIV/AIDS affected children, men who have sex with men, transgenders, out of school youth, drug users and migrant workers.

The TLCT Group has been performing to different provinces and villages in Laos through the support of Staying Alive Foundation.

Contact information:

Address:
Lao Youth AIDS Prevention Project
Sisangvone Village, Saysetha District
Vientiane Capital
P.O. Box 775
Lao P.D.R.

Telephone/Fax:
+856-21- 414166

Email:
lyap_project@yahoo.com

Address:
Takieng Lao Community Theatre Group
Naxay Road, Nonbong Village
Xaysettha District, Vientiane
P.O. Box 053
Lao P.D.R.

Telephone/Fax:
+856-21-414812

Email:
takienglao.theatregroup@gmail.com


FLAMES (Laos)

FLAMES (an acronym for Friendship, Leadership, Action, Motivation, Education & Success) is a group of young men and women (16-25 year olds) in Laos mobilized to support and empower young people in improving their socio-economic status, and be able to adapt to the rapid changing environment. Their activities include community awareness raising, peer education and developing life and leadership skills through trainings and workshops using drama and other theater techniques. The group also assists young people in making more informed decisions about their own lives and seeks to provide them with a greater ability to reduce their risk to vulnerable situations arising from the emerging risks within their country. The group delves on various youth issues in Laos such as reproductive health, drug prevention, gender and sexuality, human trafficking and children’s rights.

FLAMES members have a range of unique skills in performance (singing, dancing, acting and other types of visual performance) which they use and share as tools in the community.

FLAMES Youth Group operates through the support from Save the Children Australia.

Contact information:

Address:
FLAMES Youth Group
c/o Save the Children Australia
213 Phonsavanh Road
Ban Phonsavanh Neua
Vientiane Capital
P.O. Box 2783
Lao P.D.R.

Telephone:
+856-21-415432

Fax:
+856-21-314471


Mandalay Marionettes Theater (Myanmar/Burma)

The Mandalay Marionettes Theater is a private puppet theater company established in 1986 in Mandalay — the center Myanmar arts and culture, dedicated to the preservation, restoration and showcasing of traditional Marionette puppetry (Myanmar string puppets) for entertainment, education and advocacy. They have been invited in several cultural exchange programs, and their performances have been brought and competed and/or featured in several countries including France, Japan, Morocco, Taiwan and USA. They also perform for the local people during pagoda festivals in Myanmar, and provide trainings for their youth to preserve their culture.

Contact information:

Address:
Mandalay Marionettes Theater
66th St., Between 26th & 27th St
Mandalay, Myanmar

Telephone/Fax:
+95-265011
+95-2-34446

Email:
puppets@myanmar.com.mm
naing.yee.mar@mandalaymarionettes.com

Website:
http://www.mandalaymarionettes.com


Wandering Moon (Thailand)

The Wandering Moon Performing Group and Endless Journey (Wandering Moon) is a non-profit independent organization based in Chiangmai, Thailand, established informally in 1998. They support, promote, use and develop alternative and specialized media like puppetry, print media, film and a special contemporary performance using lights, puppets and shadows called “shadow theatre” – which they have been very known for and invited to represent Thailand in international events and festivals.

In 2006, the Wandering Moon was the first shadow theatre group that has been selected and invited from Asia to participate in the International Shadow Theatre in Schwabich Gmund, Germany; and one of the two puppet theater groups selected as Thailand representatives to perform in an international puppet festival held in Bangkok and organized by SEAMEO SPAFA. Other events/festivals they have been selected and invited include the Asia-Pacific Festival-Conference of Women in the Arts (Philippines), Art Exhibition and Forum on Identity versus Globalization (Chiangmai, Bangkok and Germany), a theatrical exchange program with Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Art, National Children and Youth Theatre Festival (Philippines), and Mekong Artist in Residency (Cambodia)

The Wandering Moon Performing Group and Endless Journey also develops trainings and workshops using alternative media for children, NGOs, private organizations/groups and government agencies, and produces advocacy work through their art tackling various social issues such as women and gender rights, and environmental concerns.

Contact information:

Address:
The Wandering Moon Performing Group and Endless Journey
100/4 moo 10, Suthep Road
Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Thailand

Telephone/Fax:
+66-5-390-4076
+66-5-332-8145

Mobile:
+66-8-5040-1565

Email:
wanderingmoontheatre@gmail.com

Website:
www.wanderingmoontheatre.com


Crescent Moon Theatre (Thailand)

Crescent Moon Theatre is a contemporary theatre company famously known as a political theatre and the 1st independent theatre group in Thailand. Its beginnings started in 1969, by a group of students from Thammasat University who were interested in literature who established the Crescent Moon Club. Some of its members’ famous works include short stories and plays that are questioning the political and social context of their period. Since then, the name Crescent Moon became famous among students as political activists in literature, theatre, and also in broadcasting.

One of its members, Kamron Gunatilaka, became a lecturer in the Dramatic Arts and Mass Communications Department of Chiangmai University, where he was able to develop contemporary theater performances particularly its actors using Brechtian techniques. Came 1975, Kamron Gunatilaka and his students went to Bangkok where they trained other students from different universities and founded the Crescent Moon Theatre. Since then, the Crescent Moon Theatre has been developing contemporary performances using various forms and powerful metaphors to question and engage their audience to be critical in political and social situations. Kamron Gunatilaka is counted among the well-known and powerful dramatist in Thailand, and the works produced by the Crescent Moon Theatre has been awakening the next generations.

In 1995, the young generation of Crescent Moon Theatre emerged again with The Permanent Theatre Project and created performances, workshops and theatre arts activities which aim to create original bodies of work, as well as to promote the actor’s development. Their development style in their work is usually through dynamic group work and improvisation.

Contact information:

Address:
Crescent Moon Theatre
65/1 Pridi Banomyong Institue
Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Wattana
Bangkok 10100 Thailand

Mobile:
+66-8-1929-4246
+66-8-4174-2729

Email:
theatre_art@hotmail.com

Website:
crescentmoonspace.blogspot.com
crescentmoontheatre.wordpress.com


B-Floor Theatre (Thailand)

B-Floor Theatre is Thailand’s pioneer in physical theatre, established in 1999. Specializing on non-text-based performances and sensory storytelling, they explore and develop new, original and experimental works mainly using movement, dance, mime, gymnastics, martial arts, and other experimental body forms and movements that are highly visual, viscerally, artistically, and intellectually challenging, combining with lights, sounds, objects, puppets, masks and film/video presentation to convey messages and themes, and to communicate universal forms of human interaction and condition which can cut across languages and cultures, and to raise social awareness by communicating personal experiences and inner struggles, and the points of view of suppressed ideas, people and events. They develop these performances through improvisation of the expressive abilities of the human body.

B-Floor Theatre has been invited and has participated in several international festivals – Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2001), Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (2001), Asia-Pacific Festival-Conference of Women in the Arts in the Philippines (2003), the 6th National Theatre Festival in India (2003), Physical Theatre Festival in Tokyo (2005), and M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (2006), and has impressed audiences in the United States, France, Denmark, Egypt, India, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.

In 2002, B-Floor Theatre also got an artist in residency program from Alliance Francaise, Bangkok. And in 2005, they got support from Arts Network Asia where they conducted an exchange workshop and developed a collaboration work with a Korean contemporary theatre company, Theatre Nottle, in Wonju, South Korea.

B-Floor Theatre has also organized and produced a physical theatre festival in Thailand called “B-Fest: Physical Theatre Weeks” to enhance and promote physical theatre in Thailand through open workshops, for a, developing and showcasing new works and performances.

Contact information:

Address:
B-Floor Theatre
65/1 Pridi Banomyong Institute
Sukhumvit 55 Road (Thong Lor), Wattana
Bangkok, Thailand 10100

Mobile:
+66-8-9167-4039

Email:
info@bfloortheatre.com
bfloortheatre@gmail.com
ja_bfloor@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.bfloortheatre.com


Saosoong Theatre (Thailand)

Saosoong Theatre is a non-profit theatre company established in 1997, popular in developing plays on Pop Culture – the programs on TV, the movie, the magazine, the news, the internet, etc., which most teenagers are engage with. Their performances try to pick up the points of view of the youngsters regarding politics, lifestyles, and fashion, and orient them to be conscious of its pros and cons, and make an effort to be responsible about their decisions – which they present in a comic and satirical style.

Saosoong Theatre productions are mostly original contemporary works or deconstructions and reconstructions of existing literatures. They use improvisations in developing their scripts, and include slang words so audience can more relate.

Saosoong Theatre is one of the new generation theatre companies in Thailand that has received critical acceptance from their audience and the leading companies in the Thai theatre circle/industry.

Contact information:

Address:
Saosoong Theatre
2/89 Mooban Makmai
Sukhapiban 5 Road, Samai
Bangkok 10220 Thailand

Telephone:
+66-2-994-3141

Mobile:
+66-89-427-7779

Email:
saosoongtheatre@yahoo.com

Website:
saosoong.blogspot.com


Bangplay Learning Theatre Group (Thailand)

Bangplay Learning Theatre Group is one of the leading educational theatre groups in Thailand which explores and utilizes theatre, dramatic arts and creative activities, exercises and works to communicate and educate various issues in the community, and to instill creativity and imagination especially to children and youth – for self-acknowledgement, confidence building, develop critical thinking and problem-solving. Founded in 2004 by theatre teachers, actors and practitioners, and a kindergarten teacher, the group promotes the use of theatre and dramatic arts as a learning process for both the creators and viewers.

Bangplay Learning Theatre Group has developed programs such as “Theatre for Youth Potentiality Camp” and “Theatre and Sexuality and AIDS Learning Camp” which they implement to the Thai community.

Contact information:

Address:
Bangplay Learning Theatre Group
44 Ramkhamhang Road
Soi Ramkhamhang 52 Hua-mark Bangkapi
Bangkok 10240 Thailand

Telephone/Fax:
+66-2-377-9732

Email:
bangplay48@yahoo.com
aj_aea@yahoo.com

Website:
bangplaytheatre.blogspot.com


Khandha Arts ‘N Theatre Company (Thailand)

Khandha Arts ‘N Theatre Company, founded by Sonoko Prow in 1998, formerly the Bluebox Theatre Group, is a contemporary theatre group in Thailand, mostly composed of independent artists interested in the use of dance and theatre for their physical, mental and spiritual development. They specialize on the use of Butoh, physical theatre and multimedia (visual arts, film, music and shadow theatre) to develop contemporary performances. They also collaborate with different artist communes and groups, both local and international, to develop powerful performances both in formal theatre venues and street performances.

Among Sonoko Prow and Khandha Arts ‘M Theatre Company’s projects include: “Body & Poem: Butoh Notation”, a co-production with Japanese Butoh master Katsura Kan and Senryu-poet Seino Chisato held in Bangkok (June 2009); “For A Little Less Noise – Mae Nam”, for “Mekong Arts and Media Festival 2009” held in Phnom Penh (November 2009); “Breath of Mountain”, for International Butoh Festival “Power of Age” held in Budapest (December 2009).

Contact information:

Address:
Khandha Arts ‘N Theatre Company
222/68 Muban, Buaban, Soi Pahonyothin
49/1 Taladbangkhen Laksi
Bangkok 10210 Thailand

Telephone/Fax:
+66-2-940-9985

Mobile:
+66-8-1565-3793

Email:
shojisonoko@hotmail.com
khandhaarts@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.khandhaarts.org


New Dance Theater (Thailand)

New Dance Theater was founded in 2000 by a small group of freelance performers who share an interest in Thai classical dance and other performing arts. They aim to seek broader range of knowledge and be open-minded in exchanges and experiences for self-development and to develop and present creative performing masterpieces to society.

Contact information:

Email:
pickgood17@yahoo.com
pondnewdancetheatre@hotmail.com


Sema Thai Marionette Troupe (Thailand)

Sema Thai Marionette Troupe is the first marionette troupe in Thailand established in 2004 with the aim to use marionette for conceptual presentations. Under the supervision of Monta Performing Arts, an arts and cultural management organization in Thailand, they started by creating 6 marionettes to perform “Suttha Mahaburuth” (Belief of the Great Man), a story during the dark age, after the death of Buddha (Parinibbana), before the collection and rehearsal of the teachings of Buddha (Tipitaka).

Since Sema Thai Marionette Troupe began, their performances have always been addressing and related to real social issues to trigger concern from their audiences. In 2006, they have been supported by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to develop a campaign using marionette puppetry through performances and workshops tackling alcoholism. They brought this campaign in academic institutions and communities, developing an “alcohol free youth network” that appreciates and knows the basics of using marionettes as well. Eventually, they have also developed a performance tackling violence against women and children using a traditional folklore in Thailand, which they perform in schools and communities.

Sema Thai Marionette Troupe has been awarded the “Most Poetic and Modern Performance” in the 12th World Festival of Puppet Arts held in Prague in 2008. They have also performed and did collaborations with groups in Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Contact information:

Address:
Sema Thai Marionette Troupe
16/255 or 225 Moo 2, Vibhavadee Soi 58
Vibhavadee-Rangsit Road, Tarad Bangkhen Sub-district, Laksi District
Bangkok 10210 Thailand

Telephone/Fax:
+66-2-956-4180

Email:
marionette_sema@yahoo.com
sema_puppet@hotmail.com
semathai@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.semathai.com


Makhampom Theatre Group (Thailand)

Makhampom Theatre Group is a social organization, and a registered NGO, unique for its community and grassroots-based, and educative approach using the medium of theatre, to promote progressive political and social change. It was formed in 1981, less as a group of artists, but rather as a group of activists, who joined together with the socio-political objectives of an NGO movement. Its volunteers, who are also its members, composed of different people from different walks of life–students, artists, activists, unemployed workers, and even monks, with various motivations and expectations, are its ad-hoc group of teachers, writers, journalists, actors, dancers, musicians and performers, collaborating, developing and pursuing together different projects and activities using theatre and arts for a greater vision of social development.

Although in the ‘70s, Makhampon already emerged out as a political theatre movement, only in the ‘80s that it really formalized its cause when activists during the ‘70s October Event in Thailand regrouped to develop Thailand’s network of NGOs. During that time, combining socialist ideas with those of indigenous culture, communal traditions, folk wisdom and Buddhist principles, emerged as the heart of Thailand ’s democratic movement. Under the banner of Grassroot Micro Media Project with the objective of providing alternative, local media to marginal communities, Makhampom officially emerged and became a dominant feature. Soon, it became an alternative institute for training in community theatre and folk arts, and until now, as one of the most influential organizations in Thailand, developing programs and initiatives promoting the creativity and social growth of Thai society.

Makhampom’s initiatives include the creation and development of the annual Bangkok Theatre Festival to support the growth of Thai contemporary theatre, the Makhampom Living Theatre venue in Chiang Dao that is a community centre and fundraising base, and the Makhampom Studio in Bangkok that is the home of Makhampom’s performance work.

Contact information:

Address:
Makhampom Theatre Group
222-224 Suttisan Road
Samsen-nai, Phayathai
Bangkok 10400
Thailand

Telephone:
+66-2-616-2274

Fax:
+66-2-616-2275

Email:
makhampom3@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.makhampom.net


Bangkok Theater Network (Thailand)

The Bangkok Theater Network (BTN) is an association of theatre artists, teachers and coordinating groups established to create space and promote arts and theatre potential to the public. Its members share a common belief in the importance of arts firmly and sustainably existing in Thai society. Furthermore, they also believe that in creating theatre art, or arts of any kind, there is a basis of interdependence between several networks, such as those who produce, present, or pass on the artistic skills to the next generation, as well as the public or the audience.

The Bangkok Theatre Network has about 50 members consisting of non-profit theatre groups, youth artists, university student theatre groups, drama clubs and various universities’ dramatic arts department, and independent theatres.

Since 2002, the Bangkok Theater Network has been producing the annual Bangkok Theatre Festival, held to provide spaces for theatre people to create, show, and see, and show the potential of Thai artists.

Contact information:

Website:
http://www.bangkoktheatrenetwork.com


Youth Theatre (Vietnam)

Youth Theatre is one of the well-known theatre groups in Vietnam established in 1978 developing a wide range of theatre performances – children’s theatre, adult theatre, musical theatre and physical theatre. In 2001, the group also explored on experimental art forms which gained critical recognition in both the local and international theatre circle.

In 2002, the group developed an interest in physical and experimental theatre, and their entry performance, “Dream of Happiness”, won great respect from among the experimental theatre companies all over the world at the International Theatre Experiment Festival held for the first time in Vietnam. In 2004, the same production also received an award of excellence at the International Short Play Festival held in China.

Contact information:

Address:
Youth Theatre
11 Ngo Thi Nham
Hanoi, Vietnam

Telephone:
+84-4-9434673

Fax:
+84-4-8229850

Email:
buinhulai_1979@yahoo.com

Website:
youththeatrevn.blogspot.com


Together Higher Dance Troupe (Vietnam)

Together Higher Dance Troupe is Vietnam’s first contemporary dance company for deaf-mute and hearing impaired dancers. Formed in 2002, it aims to create dance pieces that explore human experiences using contemporary forms and approaches, and to provide opportunities for artists with disabilities to work and perform in mainstream arts.

Together Higher’s performance of “Stories of Us”, their very first performance developed through a workshop, addressed the themes of isolation and identity loss experienced by both people living with HIV/AIDS and people with disabilities. It gained critical reception from its local and foreign audiences, and has toured throughout Vietnam, and later in Cambodia, Italy and the USA.

In its early development years, Together Higher Dance Troupe has been under the auspices of Vietnam National Opera Ballet, and has also been supported by the UNESCO Center for Culture and Sports Development, part of Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations.

Contact information:

Address:
Together Higher Dance Troupe
11 Ngo Nui Truc, Kim Ma
Hanoi, Vietnam

Telephone:
+84-913305166

Email:
lanmua@yahoo.com


Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (Vietnam)

Vietnam National Opera and Ballet is one the leading ballet dance companies in Vietnam, established in 1959 in Hanoi. Its artists and dancers have been sent to Australia, France, Sweden and in USA to acquire new trends and styles in classical and contemporary art. Oven many generations of artists dedicated to the profession, its ballet team has been home for internationally acclaimed and wolrd famous Vietnamese dancers and professionals, taking part and handling international ballet productions and extensive programs with international academy standards.

Contact information:

Address:
Vietnam National Opera and Ballet
11 Nui Truc Street, Ba Dinh
Hanoi, Vietnam

Telephone/Fax:
+84-4-6273-2097

Fax:
+84-4-3846-3528

Email:
vnob.nhacvukich@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.vnob.org


Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center (Ruili, Yunna, China)

Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center is a non-profit civilian culture and art organization registered and approved by the Bureau of Culture of City of Ruili, established in 2005. Its vision is to empower ethnic minority communities in China to face/meet modern social challenges through the use of indigenous forms of music and dance. It aims to promote and use arts to advocate the preservation of local indigenous cultures, to provide life skills and career opportunities/development, and poverty alleviation to rural out-of-school youth from local ethnic minority communities, and to advocate and promote different social issues, specifically the reduction of drug use and HIV infection through the arts among local indigenous populations.

Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center also works in partnership with the Ruili Communist Party Committee, the Ruili Center for Disease Control, and the Dehong Music and Dance Ensemble. The Center recruits out-of school ethnic minority youth from rural villages and trains them in the performing arts, specifically local traditions/forms of ethnic music and dance. Through collaboration with the local partners, these students develop and produce public performances that celebrate local ethnic minority culture and traditions, as well as promote health among youth in Ruili City and neighboring provinces.

Neng Guan Perfroming Arts Training Center has been supported by The Global Fund for Children and Am-Cham China or The American Chamber of Commerce People’s Republic of China.

Contact information:

Address:
Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center
c/o Bureau of Physical Education
71 Nanmao Street, Ruili City
Yunnan Province 678600
People’s Republic of China

Telephone:
+86-692-411-6781

Fax:
+86-692-411-9168

Email:
nengguan_center@yahoo.com.cn


Miroto Dance Company (Indonesia)

Miroto Dance Company was founded in 1986 by Martinus Miroto, a dancer, actor, choreographer and dance instructor, who has created more than 40 contemporary works, and has performed in Asia, Europe, USA, Africa and Australia, famous for combining Western and Eastern discipline, with Javanese spiritual and Western energy.

Martinus Miroto also founded the Miroto Dance Foundation, the “Studio Tari Banjarmili, his dance studio-theatre, and the Bedog Arts Festival.

Contact information:

Address:
Miroto Dance Company
Turusan Rt 07 Rw 14 Banyuraden Gamping Sleman
Yogyakarta 55293
Indonesia

Mobile:
+62-817-410-2274

Email:
mirotodance@yahoo.com


Arts Network Asia (ANA)

Arts Network Asia (ANA) is a support giving body working across Asia to encourage and support regional artistic collaborations, as well as to develop arts and cultural managerial and administrative skills among Asians, formed by an independent group of artists, cultural workers and arts activists from the Asia region. It is motivated by the philosophy of meaningful collaboration and mutual respect among Asian artists and arts communities, initiated and carried out for the Asian society.

ANA is a venue for Asian expression, both traditional and contemporary, recognizing its cultural diversity and its relationship to the rest of the world. It supports themes of collaborations, research, networking, dialogues across cultures, through residencies and projects, to further develop the Asian local communities and artistry in this age of globalism.

Arts Network Asia was founded in 1999, and operates through the support of The Ford Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council through special funds from the Rockefeller Foundation. It was hosted and managed by TheatreWorks (Singapore) from 1999 to 2003; the Five Arts Centre (Malaysia) from 2004 to 2006; and currently hosted and managed again by TheatreWork since 2007.

Contact information:

Address:
Arts Network Asia
c/o TheatreWoks (Singapore) Ltd.
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 239007

Telephone:
+65-6737-7213

Fax:
+65-6737-7013

Email:
taytong@theatreworks.org.sg

Website:
http://www.artsnetworkasia.org


The Magdalena Project

The Magdalena Project is an international cross-cultural network of women in contemporary theater, pursuing its vision and commitment in ensuring the visibility of women’s artistic endeavor. The network facilitates critical discussions, supports women’s theatre and performances, and provides training for further development women artistry. Its main objective is to develop both artistic and economic structures to enable women to work and get their work seen and seriously recognized in a wider cultural context.

The Magdalena Project was founded in Wales in 1986 in Cardilff, Wales. Since its beginning, it has produced performances, workshops, conferences, and collaborations; hosted international festivals; gathered a wealth of archive material relating to women and performance; published newsletters, journals, and books; and acted as a consultant for women’s theatre events around the world.

Contact information:

Address:
The Magdalena Project
33 Salisbury Road
Barry, CF2 6PB
Wales, UK

Telephone:
+44-1446-403730

Email:
magdalena@themagdalenaproject.org

Website:
http://www.themagdalenaproject.org

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