Short Overview:


Concept Videos:

type of project: Fellowship Research Project

published: 2020

by: StageNoMore

team / experts involved:

  • Director and dramaturg: Ran CHEN
  • Stage designer and video artist: Di WANG
  • Food anthropologist and researcher: Shan HE
  • Academic and technical support: Qian CHEN


development/rehearsal blog:


tags: theater, alcohol, screen, live performance


“Gānbēi” (work-in-progress) is about connection and disconnection, in this fragile moment of the world.

“It’s all in the wine”, a Chinese slang, meaning that with the help of alcohol, everything indescribable can be expressed and understood. Alcohol is seen as a common language. Gānbēi (cheers in Chinese), achived by the media of alcohol, is a symbol that represents connection among human beings.

In the pandemic era we are all experiencing, individuals are forced to cut connection with society in different levels. People are often connected by screens, same applies to those drinking parties. The online drinking scenes across the globe creates a unique theatrical moment, enabling digital and physical bodies co-exist in the same time and space.

An individual, in front of a lit screen, cheers with people in the screen. This reminds us of another scene described by Li Bai, a Chinese poet from Tang Dynasty: “Then the moon sheds her rays on my goblet and me, and my shadow betrays we’re a party of three.”

In the nature, Li Bai, all alone by himself, can only cheer with moon, an out-of-reach existence and shadow, a close-by emptiness. The poet’s connection to moon and shadow, is echoing with our current connection with screens, and the digital world behind the screen. We all achieve an unusual connection under the circumstances of disconnection.

“Men in our time do not see the ancient moon, but this moon did shine on men of yore” The moon inspires Li Bai’s poems, also human being’s curiosity towards the unknown. Apollo 11 landed the moon surface in 1969, and the first drink human beings swallowed on the moon is wine. It was an astronaut carrying out a single man’s communion service before stepping out onto the moon.

What is the real connection? What are we looking at when we are looking into a screen? Is it a mirror image of us? Is it alienating us from ourselves? How is it reshaping us in an imperceptible way?

  • DJI robomaster x1
  • 32-inch screen x1
  • Projector x1
  • Laptop x2
  • Ipad pro x1
  • DMG Lumiere by Rosco SL1 MIX x2

A square (or slightly rectengular) space, around 80 m2. Single-colored rubber mat on the floor. Single-colored curtains/walls around to block the light from outside.

20 minutes live performance on site.

If your piece/project is tourable / will be toured:

Write down ALL the details needed by another party ( e.g.: a theater and its technicians). Include hours and number of personnel needed (most important: for loading/unloading) include hours and infrastructure needed on the stage (if you need access and build everything on your own as well as if you need technicians on the spot )

—→ maybe a custom tech rider / stage rider might be a good idea to design together. this tech rider should include this project description page.
—→ from our own practice: it might also be helpful to create a preflight-checklist containing check points, talking points that need to be talked about even before touring, in case you talk with co-producers who will be included into a later tour. Often issues arise before you are even able to setup a tech/stage rider.

What type of Stage Design Elements are used? Describe all relevant parts and embed / reference (link) photos, floorplans, design sketches, touring and storage information! Also: Are there props that are technologically enhanced (interactive props / gamepads etc.) yet also part of the scene? make sure they are referenced here as well as in the tech equipment part of the documentation (or include reference where to find those: equipment or stage/props or both?)

  • floorplan? (if not: where do we know where to put what?)
    • photos / sketches?
    • transport relevant information (packing / unpacking)?
    • building / design documentation?
    • infos about purchasing items?
    • is the stuff stored somewhere where others can borrow/buy/rent it?
    • are those infos found in another category? link!

Are there props that need special description/documentation?

  • table of props
  • photos / sketches?
  • transport relevant information (packing / unpacking)?
  • building / design documentation?
  • infos about purchasing items?
  • are those infos found in another category? link!
  • One performer
  • Three technicians (visual, light, sound)

How is the project run? General description of the system / procedure to run the project/show/performance etc. including baseline information about the cueing and flow of the performance

  1. Is the show or project run / cued by humans?
    • yes: How many humans? (e.g. 1x sound technician, 1x light technician, 1x stage manager, 5x performers (do they give cues or do they only react to cues from outside? How if so?)
    • no: Is any human/artist present and part of the presentation?
      • yes: Ok. Who?
  2. Is the show (or parts of it) run automatically?
    • yes: Please refer to the automated systems and where they are described in detail (e.g. “Arduino microcontroller setup triggers some sounds via OSC network”).
  3. Is there a human controlled system to open/close those automatic cues or are they always open? (computer with cuelab, ableton live, midi controler, lighting control panel, sound control panel, max msp patch with User Interface etc.)
  4. Is there a written cuelist and/or some other data representing the flow of things happening in the show? - Drama / Dialog / Skript? - Dance Notations? - Strichfassung? - Regiebuch? - Bühnen Notizen? - other notes on the cues/flow - Digital Files (cuelab file, json, xml, spreadsheet etc.)
  5. Is there a video/audio/media (not just written) documentation about the show? - yes: Please provide hyperlink and/or embed like this:

  • projects/ganbei_politics/start.txt
  • Last modified: 17.06.2020 13:47
  • by Shan He