Luo Yaxin

Luo Yaxin

Profile

PhD journey

I am a full-time practice-based PhD student from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. My doctoral project researches the intercultural issues raised for me when composing a feminist adaptation of an episode from a Qing dynasty classic A Dream of Red Mansions (《红楼梦》)for contemporary UK audiences. My play Blossoms of Her Selves(《她薾》)contextualises contemporary female issues, especially female independence, suffering and relationships under the patriarchal system. While exploring the interactions between adaptation, feminism and intermediality in theatre performance, this work breaks the on/off stage boundaries and integrates the immersive effects of theatre, cinema and gallery. 

Other key works

  • Stay Safe? (《安身》)— A Play Uncovering Racism Against the Chinese in the UK
  • 裂/Crying of Four Seasons (A creative/critical contemporary dance adapted from ancient Chinese poems; an unprecedented cross-cultural encounter in the name of the four seasons; an unmissable dialogue reflecting on today’s world and modern society)
  • Artistic practices with refugees & Holocaust Survivors  in “6 million +”

Education

I graduated from the Wuhan University with a MA in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature (2018) and a BA in the Experimental Class of Humanities (2015). I also studied in the Korea University (2014) and the Fu Jen Catholic University (2017) as an exchange student focusing on media, literature, fashion and art study/practice.

Scholarships

  • National Scholarship for University Students (China)
  • Korea University Scholarship (Korea)
  • First-class Scholarship of One Asia Consortium Academic (Japan)

Awards

  • First Prize of Chinese New Youth Fiction Competition
  • Second Prize of National College Student Writing Competition
  • Gold Medal of National Calligraphy Competition

Internships and work experience

  • International Cooperation Center of the National Development and Reform Commission
  • China Central Television program
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

Festivals that I have been involved in: Big Ideas By the Sea; Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

I have published some papers/articles in:

  • Davis International Film Festival
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Art Life
  • Home of Drama
  • Daily Hubei
  • Children/Family/Society
  • Principals’ Senior Counselor
  • Finance Today

I have also interviewed more than 40 famous artists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, politicians and scholars across the world.

Research interests

  • Intercultural Study
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Feminism
  • Intermediality
  • Script Writing/Adaptation
  • Theatre Directing

Qualifications

  • MA Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • BA Humanities Sciences