China Focus~2017


“The voices of China. The faces of China. The stories of China.” CHINA FOCUS is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s celebration of excellence in Chinese theatre and dramatic production.

For the first time, the Chinese government is bringing a masterful and diverse array of award-winning contemporary talent from East to West.

This intercultural exchange invites you to experience something more at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Something from the East.

In order to showcase China’s leading contemporary performing arts through Edinburgh Fringe Festival and promote Chinese heritage and cultural products among international markets, the Ministry of Culture of China is launching CHINA FOCUS this year, and will continue this annual project every summer.

Each year, high quality art performances will be selected and brought to Edinburgh Fringe.

This year’s curated selection of eight shows from leading Chinese theatre companies
showcases the most exciting, innovative, and weighty productions which are making
waves across the Chinese theatre scene today. Traditional Chinese opera, dance
acrobatics, shadow art, as well as modern jazz and pop music, fuse in a programme like
nothing you’ve seen at this festival before.

Ugly and eccentric flesh-eating demons populate a mysterious island on which
our protagonist Maji accidentally arrives. In a battle to escape the nightmarish
land and culture, Maji’s view of beauty and ugliness, of right and wrong, and
even of his own freedom, are turned upside down. Winner of the 2016 Best
Play award from the national Theatre of China.
Dates: 2nd -12th August
Time: 5.50pm
Location: C Venue 34, Adam House, 3 Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

Inspired both by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Peony Pavilion by
Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu, this vibrant production
makes full use of Gecko’s symbolic style to integrate impressive body
language, breathtaking music and striking visual storytelling. The show is
performed in Mandarin by a Chinese cast.
Dates: 2nd – 15th August
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: Pleasance Grand, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

This classical love-story features pop music, pop-art and an award-winning
team of acrobats. Mixing martial arts, physical comedy, and video projection,
this spectacular creates a thrillingly theatrical experience that fuses traditional
Chinese art forms together with contemporary Broadway story-telling, set to
the tune of famous pop songs.
Dates: 3rd – 27th August
Time: 4.20 pm
Location: Assembly Hall (Venue 35), Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU

After the sudden death of her husband, a woman haunts her house in a state of
all-consuming loneliness. Until, that is, a burst of knocking erupts at the door
one day, followed by the sound of a man’s voice… Adapted from Chekhov’s
one-act play The Fool, THE BOOR is presented as a piece of traditional
Peking Opera with an experimental twist. Incorporating elements of shadow
puppetry and percussion, the innovative adaptation has transformed
Chekhov’s work into a truly intercultural production.
Dates: 5th – 7th August
Time: 7.30 pm
Location: Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU

Chinese folk meets modern sounds in this stunning performance of
contemporary Chinese music. Famous folk song adaptations, along with
original compositions by renowned artists, bring together a truly iconic array
of musicians from the Chinese fringe city of Shenzhen.
Dates: 6th – 7th August
Time: 10.30 am
Location: Greenside Church 1B Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB

Roles have been reversed in this dramatic cultural fusion, with ‘Lady Ma’
playing the protagonist. Incorporating martial arts and elements of Chinese
theatre, this artistic merging of song and dance promotes the vital element of
world heritage that is Cantonese opera. This production is an invaluable
experiment in combining Chinese and Western drama.
Dates: 7th – 8th August
Time: 12pm
Location: New Town Theatre, 96 George St, Edinburgh EH2 3DH

This poignant story follows the rugged life of a senior shadow puppet-master
in China during WWII, and the twisted destiny of his shadow puppet box.
Buried and dug up three times, each twist of the box’s rusty key unlocks the
mysteries behind three generations of misery, love, hatred, and delight.
Dates: 21st – 28th August
Time: 1.50 pm
Location: C Venue 34, Adam House, 3 Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

Struggle, one of the classic Wuju Operas, sets its scene at the beginning of the
Tang Dynasty, where we find Prince Qi levelling a dangerous – and false –
charge against the senior general Luo Cheng. To protect his nation, Luo Cheng
must fight a bloody battle, but sustains tragically deadly arrow wounds.
Postmodernist theories of theatre are incorporated into this modern
production, reflecting 21st century currents in Chinese opera, all the while
remaining faithful to the roots of Wuju style.
Dates: 21st – 28th August
Time: 3.00 pm
Location: Lauriston Halls 28 Lauriston ST, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ


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