Non SCA Events - Edinburgh
Chinese themed performances from this year’s Fringe
Theatre: SINK Xinxi Du
Based on the true story of the Chinese Writer Lao She
Space Triplex The Prince Philip Building 19 Hill Place Edinburgh EH8 9DP
The Space@Surgeons Hall, Nicholson Street EH8 9DW various dates
Theatre : STRUGGLE Zhejiang Yiwu Opera Heritage Protection Centre
Traditional versus experimental; Chinese traditional opera- Wu Opera.
Lauriston Halls 28 Lauriston St EH3 9DJ Aug 21-27
Music: MY JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA Dong Yi, Chinese Zheng
A journey through the spirit of China
Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, EH8 8BN Aug 18
St Andrew’s & St George’s West, 13 George Street 18,21-23 Aug
Variety : Chinese Arts & Cultural Festival Day One and Two
Wuhan Peking Opera Troupe 12 & 13 Aug
Venue 150 at EICC 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE
Children’s Music :The Magical Trip of a Bead Stories from China
Beijing Fengtai No 1 Primary School
Children’s Music : The Story of China
Beijing Student’s Art Troupe
Venue 150 at EICC 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE 8-10 Aug
Children’s Music : Stories from China
Beijing Student’s Art Troupe
Stockbridge Church 7b Saxe Coburg Street, ED3 5BN 4-10 Aug
Debuting at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a brand-new adaption of an iconic Chinese play in Mandarin with English subtitles
The Y-Y Company presents
The original play was written in Mandarin and has proved one of the most influential masterpieces of modern Chinese drama. It carries the same value and impact in China as Shakespeare’s canon does in the English- speaking world. The play was first staged in the Beijing People’s Arts Theatre in 1958. After the author Lao She’s death in 1966, Teahouse survived despite the Cultural Revolution, being widely performed again after 1985. The narrative is set in the “Yutai” teahouse in Beijing and focuses on the experiences of the manager Wang and his customers. The drama brings alive social transitions from the twilight of Imperial China to the dawn of the People’s Republic.
The reason of this reviving and bringing it to the Fringe is to explore an alternative way of staging – achieving a stronger and more effective communication of the story with English speaking audiences. The problem, clear from reviews of past productions in the UK, is that the subject as first dramatized failed to intrigue and even confused audiences.
“Recognising this, our adaption will tell the story through the memory of the teahouse manager, Wang. This dramatic shift in perspective transforms the play from realism to hyperrealism: characters, plots and sets are all made richer with messages open to the complexities of reflection and interpretation.” – The Y-Y Company
Translation had previously been another challenge: this adaption re-works the dialogue to achieve crisp storylines and characterisation based firmly in the original.
The aim of The Y-Y Company is to explore the tensions between text and form. We have brought together an international interdisciplinary team to create and to perform. The company has performed adaptions in the past, such as Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck. We use the play as a textual platform on which rest physical, musical and digital elements. These are emphasised as equally important in terms of dialogue, movement, sound and visual imagery. In performance, literary tropes are not the only form of storytelling. The company is therefore actively exploring and challenging such an approach to iconic texts. For this adaption, The Y- Y Company is in collaboration with Fenyce Ltd., which produced the digital projection of Jean Abreu’s Blood. We are, finally, delighted to have the talented Kevin Shen in the key role of Wang – Kevin was the lead in Yellow Face at the National Theatre in 2014.
Venue: Greenside at Nicolson Square (Venue 209) Emerald Theatre
Tickets: Full £10, Concession £8
Dates: 14th – 18th of August 2017
Time: 16:50 (1hr)
Box Office: 01316186967
Events: From Shanghai with Love
Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries 25,26 Aug
Discover elegant, enduring and evolving Qipao Fashion, Shanghai Style
1840s to 1940s. Glass of fizz included! 25 & 26 Aug
University of Edinburgh Playfair Library Old College South Bridge EH8 9YL
A production from the National Theatre of China is appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Luocha Land is billed as a thrilling physical theatre piece with 12 performers and a striking original score, set in a dystopian future where the laws of good and evil have been reversed. Fusing elements of traditional Chinese puppetry and Nuo Opera (but with a decidedly modern approach to choreography), the piece received rave reviews at its premiere in Beijing and is about to open in France for a limited run before it comes to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Performances are at 5.50pm daily from the 2nd - 12th August at C, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR. Tickets are available from www.edfringe.com or www.cthefestival.com.
Chinese Culture and Art Festival from AACCEE
supported by the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh
Asian Association Culture Commerce and Education in Europe
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (EICC)
Tickets from the Fringe box office : www.edfringe.com tel 0131 226 00001 . Performance: Divine Melody from Chinese Fiddlers Performers: Shanghai Yangpu Children's Palace Students' Art Troupe Genre: Chinese music and dance Time: 11/08/2017 15:00-16:00 2. Exhibition: Journey to the West Performers: Henan Province Artists Association Genre: Art exhibition Time: 14/08/2017 12:00-17:00 3. Performance: Li Yuan Fei Ge (The song in Pear Orchard), Hua Mulan Performers: HENAN RADIO AND TELEVISION GAHAMA Culture and Arts Centre Zhengzhou Linguaphone English Training Centre Genre: Traditional Chinese Opera, Songs, Children's musical Time: 14/08/2017 14:00-15:30 4. Performance: In a Place Afar, The Song of the Silk Road Performers: Beijing Dream Stage International Art Group Genre: Operatic repertoire Time: 14/08/2017 19:00-21:00 5. Performance: Traditional dance and Rock music Performers: Shanghai Fengxian Students' Art Troupe & Brahma Genre: Chinese Traditional Dancing & Rock music Time: 19/08/2017 15:00-16:00