Artists needed for project inspired by Chinese Labour

Men of the Chinese Labour Corps load sacks of oats onto a lorry at Boulogne while supervised by a British officer (12 August 1917)
Credit: Brooks, Ernest – Men of the Chinese Labour Corps load sacks of oats onto a lorry at Boulogne, supervised by a British officer (12 August 1917)

Chinese Arts Space is planning Project New Earth, inspired by the history of the Chinese Labour Corps who served behind the Western Front during WW1:  

They plan to commission TWO exciting contemporary 15mins performances (music, dance, theatre, live art or cross-artforms) to complement two short multimedia digital artworks, for touring across the UK:

ONE of the live pieces will be Dance / Combined Arts suitable for The Place, and the other can be any artform

ONE of the pieces has to be upbeat / large scale, suitable for Chinese New Year celebrations on the Trafalgar Square stage, eg. celebrating peace, survival or victory achieved with the CLC, rather than sadness, loss or death, which would be inauspicious for CNY

CAS welcomes contemporary / abstract / experimental proposals, especially in music, dance or live art. Scripted theatre can be literal and is welcome for smaller stages (touring to a variety of venues)

Theatre-makers – if you’re aiming for the Trafalgar Square stage – visual physical theatre with a strong narrative works better outdoors than naturalism, eg. Greek chorus or other forms of Chinese / East Asian outdoor physical theatre.


1. One sentence summarising your idea

2. One paragraph / page, expanding your concept

3. CV/showreel/soundcloud/sample scene/links, showing yr previous work

4. Number & names of possible collaborators (if known) and their links

5. Technical requirements (if known) NB. Touring, so please keep to a minimum

6. Proposed budget (if known)


Deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Friday 7 August 2015

Selection: 10 August

CAS submission to ACE: 14 August

Funding decision: 6 November

Initial presentations: The Place, and CNY stage in Trafalgar Square; possibly Leicester Square or Shaftesbury Ave stages (for smaller works), early February 2016

Short UK tour: April-June 2016 (month tbc)

Email submissions

Please send your proposals by 12 noon, Friday 7 August to CAS General Manager, Xiaoxiao Sun: [email protected]

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