Yangtze (/ˈjæŋtsi/) is the name of the longest river in Asia and third longest in the world. The Chinese call it Chang Jiang, which literally means “long river.” It plays an essential role in both the spiritual and physical life of the people, not only just those who live along its banks, but those who live thousands of miles away.
Founded in 1992 by Maryknoll Sister Joanna Chan, Yangtze Repertory Theatre has been a welcoming home for artists whose work is not readily seen in the U.S. and supported them to launch their professional careers in NYC. Yangtze has been responsible for the New York debuts of many artists, most notably Gao Xingjian, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Literature, who was brought to NY by Yangtze to direct his own play, Between Life and Death, and to present a showing of his ink paintings. To date, these events remain the only full-scale presentations of Gao’s works in the United States. In the fall of 2005, together with Columbia Promotions, Yangtze presented Beijing People’s Art Theater, China’s most historic and prestigious theater company, in its signature masterpiece, The Teahouse, in its New York debut during the company’s first U.S. tour.
River is the perfect metaphor of constant change – a river is not the same river from one moment to the next. We reckon through our work on stage - timely, relevant work that reflect the changing nature of the culturally diverse world we live in today.