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Tang and Four Dreams

Tang and Four Dreams

Tang and Four Dreams


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 Just premiered in Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019!

The Chinese Chamber Musical

“Shakespeare of the East”

Tang and Four Dreams applies a “play within a play” storyline, delivering a contemporary interpretation of Tang Xianzu,who’s widely known as “Shakespeare of the East”. In the Ming Dynasty part, several important episodes in Tang’s life are selected to accompany his composition of the renowned Four Dreams in Linchuan. In the modern part, a young woman named Xin’an, with the help of Daydream, tries to search for the meaning of the key sentence “Where does love arise? It wells up from the deep” written by Tang Xianzu in his masterpiece The Peony Pavilion. In this play, Du Li-niang (the heroine created by Tang) embodies his unswerving commitment to ideals and love, and was presented in the traditional artistic form of the Kunqu Opera.

This great love story constructed by composer Xu Jianqiang and lyricist Lin Zaiyong effectively showcase numerous facets of Chinese culture and the 16th-century Chinese literature for contemporary audience. You will find a strong Chinese national flavor in the play, combining traditional Chinese musical instruments with strings and pianoforte of the west; coupled with live multi-medias, it well integrates both the modern and the traditional.

Reviews

A unique and powerful production steeped in history.

★★★★☆: ONTHEHOUSE

A remarkable and original new work showcasing many facets of Chinese culture and Renaissance Chinese literature.

★★★★☆: LIMENIGHT

Show Starts 19:30 

Running Time 1hour