Wuzhen Theater Fest enters 2nd year

By Han Bingbin ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-06-16 07:57:13

Wuzhen Theater Fest enters 2nd year

Green Snake, directed by Tian Qinxin, is a highlight of the Wuzhen Theater Festival this October. Photo provided to China Daily

The Wuzhen Theater Festival is set to bring some of the world's best experimental productions to the water town. Han Bingbin reports.

Wuzhen Theater Fest enters 2nd year

Children practice Peking opera in E China 

Wuzhen Theater Fest enters 2nd year

Crowning a new King Lear 

It is aiming to become China's answer to the Avignon or Edin-burgh festivals, building a base where drama enthusiasts can indulge in art and the exchange of ideas, and hopefully arrive back in reality with a clearer understanding of life.

As they say, the Wuzhen Theater Festival is beyond the ordinary.

Themed "metamorphoses", the second installment of the festival will begin mid-October and tap into the magic possibilities of transformation and experimentation.

It is set to open with one of China's most iconic plays, Tian Qinxin's Green Snake-a brave adaptation of the country's best known folklore, depicting the love between a human and a snake-turned-fairy.

The festival will end with an equally pioneering production from the United States' Good-man Theater based on the same story, The White Snake.

In between is a lineup of 50 unorthodox performances.

In addition to Chinese theater's most recent experimental outputs-1587, A Year of No Significance by Hong Kong's Zuni Icosahedron and Morning, Morning by Yang Chinghsiang and his drama troupe from Taipei-the festival is also a rare peek into the best productions in global theater.

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