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February 3, 2003

UMBC's InterArts Program Presents Theatre Artist Ping Chong

UMBC's InterArts Program presents PingChong, one of America's most renowned contemporary theatreartists, who will present a slide-show lecture on his work. Ping Chong wasborn in 1946 and raised in the Chinatown section of New York City. Hestudied film-making and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts andthe Pratt Institute. Ping Chong began his theatrical career as a member ofMeredith Monk's The HouseFoundation. He collaborated with her on several major works includingThe TravelogueSeries and The Games, forwhich they shared the Outstanding Achievement in Music Theatre Award in1986. In 1972, Ping Chong gathered a group of artists at Meredith Monk'sloft in New York City to create Lazarus, hisfirst independent theatre work. Since then, he has created over fiftymajor works for the stage, including Humboldt'sCurrent (Obie Award, 1977), A.M./A.M. - TheArticulated Man (Villager Award, 1982), Nosferatu(Maharam Design Award, 1985), Angels ofSwedenborg (1985), Kind Ness (USAPlaywrights' Award, 1988), Brightness,which garnered two 1990 Bessie Awards, Deshima, Chinoiserieand AfterSorrow. In 1998 he created Kwaidan, hisfirst full-length puppetry work, in collaboration with Jon Ludwig andMitsuru Ishii. His work has been performed at such major New York venuesas The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, The Joyce Theatre,La MaMa E.T.C., St. Clement's Theatre and The Central Park Summerstage, aswell as at major museums, theatres and festivals in North America, Europeand Asia. In recent years he has expanded the range of his explorations toinclude video and visual arts installations.

Admission is free.

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Posted by dwinds1 at February 3, 2003 12:00 AM