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B·O·N·D International Virtual Performance Festival is initiated by a New York-based Chinese artist, He Tianding, with six interdisciplinary artist co-founders in 2020. Members of the committee are young artists in theatre, film, literature and visual art fields all around the world. For many international artists whose regions have been influenced by the pandemic, the estrangement between people feels deeper than ever since the in-person performances and gigs are being cancelled and postponed. You may feel stuck at the current stage with no place to show your work and you may desire quality communication with artists who are sharing your emotions. Therefore, the B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival was born. Our goal is to break the isolation in the post-covid era and set up a virtual stage for artists and spectators to feel and share with each other.

ABOUT B·O·N·D 2021

        The inaugural B·O·N·D Virtual Live Performance Festival in 2020 engaged over 250,000 audiences from across the world, with 25 selected performances carefully chosen and curated from a pool of global submissions. This year, co-curated with CHUANG Stage, we are excited to support a chosen cohort of Chinese descent theater-makers currently residing and working in New York, Toronto, Brussels, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing; the cohort is commissioned to each create a new, digital monodrama that collectively manifests the underrepresented voices and experience of the Chinese diaspora.

        Projected for global live-streamed premiere in June, the cohort of theater-makers are given multitudes of artistic support and freedom towards bold statements in unprecedented moments for artists of Asian descent around the world. The new B·O·N·D Festival in 2021 seeks to build communities upon solidarity, visibility and continued imagination for new forms, mediums and stories in the virtual performance world. Created and led by US-based Chinese women theater-makers, the festival is driven to uplift Asian and minority voices through curating and learning with our artists and audiences in the face of crises and the hopes for a brighter future.