About Comuna de Pedra
為開拓更多新思維及想法，石頭公社常與不同界別的本地及外地藝團與創作人進行交流合作和聯合創作。其中包括韓國Shiim劇團、美國Fratellanza劇團、著名日本編舞松島誠、墨西哥音樂人Raul de Jesus Saldana、香港黑鳥樂隊等。
Comuna de Pedra was first established in 1996. It had been focusing on physical and dance theatre productions, on stage and site-specific, and as well the promotion of the art education, with the attempt to develop more artistic possibilities and cultivate culture in Macao. Alongside, Comuna also curates and produces different arts projects such as arts exhibitions, festivals and cross-cultural collaborative programs.
Works and Productions
Around 50 original dance theatre productions have been performed at the most visited and not-visited corners of Macau, from indoor theatre to daily living spaces, such as public square, park, pool, empty commercial centre, pub, closed-down factory, old Macau-Taipa bridge; sites of UNESCO World Cultural Heritages such as Ruins of St. Paul Church, Old Ladies’ House.
Comuna de Pedra always employs different elements in its work, for investigating various possibilities of performing arts, such as interactive improvisation, group creation, linking up installations, video arts and other medias in a performance, in-cooperated with words, music, live band, orchestra and danced with masks and big puppets.
For enhancement of new ideas, Comuna de Pedra always team up with local and international artists of different media for creative collaborations. Artists who are known around the region and world-wide includes Japanese choreographer Makato Matsushima, kinetic sculpture and mechanical installation artist Masato Tanaka, national-honored performer of Sichuan Opera Tian Manxa, Mexican musician Raul de Jesus Saldana, the Blackbird Band from Hong Kong, etc.
Comuna de Pedra also collaborates with oversea companies, including Guling Street Theatre Taipei and Zuni Icosahedron (HK), for performances exchanges. A studio was set up in Xio Zhou Village, Guangzhou, in 2008 and Comuna organized “s/ow Macau Xio Zhou Life and Art Festival.
Touring and Overseas Productions
Works of Comuna de Pedra has been invited to perform in different festivals in Hong Kong, Beijing, Nanjing, Taiwan, Thailand, Ireland, Germany, USA, Brazil, etc.
Festivals/International Projects that have been participated at include:
Edinburgh Fringe Festival (England)
Galway Fringe Festival (Ireland)
Bangkok Fringe Festival (Thailand)
The IDEA Congress (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association) (Paris)
The 31st Session of Theatre of the Nation (Ninjing)
The Chinese Drama Festival (Macau)
The International Cultural Exchange Project (Hong Kong/Germany)
Small Theatre Performance and Exchange Project (Keelung / Taiwan)
The Macao International Arts Festival
Macau City Fringe Festival
Planting the Seed of Arts education for Children Youth
Developing and promoting arts education projects has also been an important aspect for Comuna de Pedra. Focusing on projects for teenagers and children, organizations in partnership with Comuna de Pedra include Macau Cultural Centre, Macau Cultural Institute Public Library, DESJ, etc. Our projects also reach out to the community. Workshops and projects have been organized in collaboration with local schools, community centers, institute for special education, etc.
Performing arts Training
The company has been working on the development of art concept and training platform for performers. Professional trainings and workshops have been organized since our establishment in 1996. Instructors are professionals invited from local and overseas. Training includes contemporary arts appreciation, physical training, movement therapy, maskmaking, dance, voice, percussion etc. From 2016 onwards, Comuna de Pedra has started its collaboration with ‘White Space”, a performing arts training studio, aiming to enhance the development of local performers’ training.