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10 Socially Engaged Art Practitioners to Know: 9. Ping Chong + Company

Ping Chong + Company

Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity. The company was founded in 1975 by leading theatrical innovator Ping Chong with a mission to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world. Today, Ping Chong + Company produces original works by a close-knit ensemble of affiliated artists, under the artistic leadership of Ping Chong. Productions range from intimate oral history projects to grand scale cinematic multidisciplinary productions featuring puppets, performers, and full music and projection scores. The art reveals beauty, precision, and a commitment to social justice.

Ping Chong + Company creates theater that crosses boundaries of identity, community, and form. The work encompasses puppetry, dance, documentary theater, and other experimental theater forms. While our projects explore a wide variety of subject matter, from a hidden genocide in Africa to class struggles in America to modernization in China to the massive displacement of refugees in modern wars, the common thread is a unifying commitment to artistic innovation and social responsibility. As an artist who has shifted between multiple worlds, identities, and communities, Artistic Director, Ping Chong has honed a collaborative creative method that examines the fluidity of identity and fosters cross-cultural exchange. Ping Chong approaches theater-making as a generative artist, working with a team to develop productions through an extended and organic multi-year process. Ping Chong + Company serves as an artistic incubator for the projects it undertakes and then seeks out producing and presenting partners to extend the range of its projects.


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