Saturday, January 6, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 7, 4:00 PM – features post-performance talk
Performer(s) Name: Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, Wang Chong, Claire Conceison
Location: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
Cao Yu’s early 20th-century drama Thunderstorm, regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese theater, is dismantled and reassembled in this new interpretation helmed by internationally acclaimed director Wang Chong. Using real-time video editing and sound mixing from action occurring on stage, a hypnotic, near-silent movie unfolds to tell the explicit story of two female characters discovering that they have been cheated on by the same womanizing playboy.
Updating the story to a Beijing official’s home in the 1990s, Wang and his company of Beijing performers reinvent the classic play to reflect the complexities of contemporary capitalist-communist society, the ubiquity of technology and the sex-obsessed global landscape. Chong incorporates live pingtan players, a centuries-old form of traditional Chinese musical storytelling, to create the dialogue and soundtrack onstage.
The January 7 performance will feature a post-show talkback moderated by Claire Conceison and presented by China Institute. Performed in Chinese with English supertitles.
“One of the best 10 small theatre works in China during the last 30 years.” – Beijing News
By Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental
Directed by Wang Chong
Co-presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and NYU Skirball.
THUNDERSTORM 2.0 is Presented with support from the Asian Cultural Council.
This tour is supported by the Beijing Culture and Arts Fund.
International Touring and Management: Ping Pong Productions
For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138