Founded in 2008, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental has become a leading force of Chinese experimental theatre. It is dedicated to refresh the stagnant theatre scene in Beijing. While the Chinese theatre has rapidly become shallow and conservative, the group of artists intends to develop experimental theatre in several different directions, such as political, physical, documentary, multi-media, and cross-cultural theatre.
Wang Chong, founder and artistic director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, is the leading force of Chinese experimental theatre. Wang was born in Beijing in 1982. He received his bachelor degree in law from Peking University and went to study theater at University of Hawaii and University of California, Irvine.
In 2008 Wang founded Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental. In 2012 he started the Chinese New Wave Theater Movement by presenting a series of new performances with innovative use of live video and sound. This ongoing movement gained critical and popular acclaims. UK-based magazine International Arts Management notes “Taking a radical approach to both form and text, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental has been changing the face of China’s theatrical landscape.”
Wang’s works have been invited to festivals in 16 countries, including: Festival/Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Festival, Toga Asian Theater Directors Festival, Seoul Asian Theater Directors Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Melbourne Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, Adelaide OzAsia Festival, Jerusalem Israel Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Rotterdam Festival de Keuze, New York Under the Radar Festival, and Oslo International Ibsen Festival.
His productions include: The Warfare of Landmine 2.0, winning 2013 Festival/Tokyo Award; Lu Xun, noted by The Beijing News as The Best Chinese Production of Year 2016; Thunderstorm 2.0, noted by The Beijing News as one of The Best Ten Little Theater Works in China, 1982-2012.
He also translated and directed Chinese premieres of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine, Peter Handke’s Self-accusation, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Arabian Night, Sarah Kane’s Crave, Nick Payne's Constellations, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, and Woody Allen’s Central Park West. Wang has led New Wave Theater workshops in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Israel, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
Wang is noted by The Beijing News as Experimental Artist of Year 2012. He received Saison Visiting Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and Han Suyin Award for Young Translators.
At the start of year 2016, Wang stopped using cellphone and social networks. He currently lives in The De-electrified Territory (TDT, or Ting Dian Ting), a self-designed Beijing apartment that has no electricity and no electronics.