Performance

VenueArcola
Arcola Tent (2 Ashwin Street)
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
Date From11th August 2017
Date To16th August 2017
WhenFri-Wed 20:00 (not Sun)
What's OnV1422226940

The Monk and the Lotus

The Monk and the LotusT1208626855
Zen Master Yu is a classic Chinese story known for its sarcastic comments on political bureaucracy and religious practice. This operatic adaptation, trimming most references to its specific socio-political context, aims to retain the philosophical essence, exploring the collision between spiritual pursuit and human desire, and asking questions about the nature of reality itself. What is real, what is illusory? A modern western opera incorporating elements of classical Chinese aesthetics, The Monk and the Lotus aims to transform the performance style of opera singers through innovative stage direction that takes inspiration from the close integration of singing and physical movement, a feature inherent in traditional Chinese Opera.
Music Niccolo Athens
Lyrics Shiru Wang
Lyrics Niccolo Athens (after Xu Wei)


Archive :: production:T1208626855, opera or operetta:S75220734, venue:V1422226940

Production details

Company

Producer Spatial Vocal
Producer Physical Studio
Director Shiru Wang
Director July Yang (assistant)
Costume Tong Zhao
Design Tong Zhao
Design Renfel Huang (graphic design)
Other Gloria Geng (make-up)
Performer Robbie Haylett (The Monk)
Performer April Fredrick (The Lotus)
Performer Max Percy (The Monks' Shadow)
Performer Duncan Hodgkinson (Dao)
Performer Yongqiu Yuan (pianist)

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