Revitalizing and Conserving Traditional (puppet) Theatre, and…having fun!

By Dr. Robin Ruizendaal

Date          : Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Time          : 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue        : George Town World Heritage Inc.,
                      116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh, 10200 Penang

Language : English

In this talk the speaker will discuss how to create and promote a performing arts centre and exhibition space with a limited budget and how to enter the local and international performing arts market, as well as how to interact with the audience, the government and corporate sponsors. 

The traditional performing arts in Asia are exciting, entertaining and colourful music theatre and are a great tool for language, music and theatre education.  Despite the rise of electronic media, the traditional theatre can adapt and transform in this new digital era. We will thus find how in Taiwan (and China) companies work to transform, create and conserve the traditional performing arts and also use them as inspiration for modern productions. 


About the speaker:

Dr. Robin Ruizendaal,

Director of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei

Artistic Director of the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company

Cultural Advisor to the Taipei City Government

Author and director of over 20 plays that have been performed in over 30 countries

Author of numerous academic books and articles and three children’s book


Dr. Robin Ruizendaal earned a Ph.D. In Chinese studies from Leiden University, Holland, and has been doing research on puppet theatre for twenty years, including extensive fieldwork in China and South-East Asia. He developed the puppet show “Marco Polo”, “Liao Tianding”, “The Wedding of the mice”, “The Matchbox Girl” and “Autumn Rain”. He also wrote and produced large-scale music theatre production “The Pilgrimage” for the Macao Fringe Festival, 2004 and many other original plays for actors and puppets.


Kopi Conversations are free and all are welcomed, but do let us know if you’re coming in order for us to have enough seats, snacks and coffee.

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our staff at 04 - 261 6606. SPACE IS LIMITED to 50 people. Registration is required and on first come, first served basis. Please note that latecomers may be turned away.


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