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Shanghai Daily Tuesday 24 April 2018                                                                                                          Jing鈥檃n C3

Drama festival to offer gamut of statecraft

Li Qian                               and Japan. Fourteen of the plays  Modern Drama Valley and the       in five streets with nearly 100     Tips:
                                      will be Shanghai debuts, and six  Edinburgh International Fes-      theaters,鈥?he said. 鈥淧erformanc-
Modern Drama Val-                     will be staged on the Chinese     tival. Further details are not    es, often in different languages,   Tickets are now
               ley, Sha ngha i鈥檚      mainland for the first time.      available.                        are staged every day. If people     available on damai.
               annual theatrical ex-                                                                      go to Broadway, they know there     cn. They range in
               travaganza, is going      鈥淢odern Drama Valley should       Lu Ang, director of the per-   will be some drama to watch.鈥?      price from 80 yuan
international this year, with a       embrace global arts,鈥?said per-   forming arts department of        Bao Jingying, deputy district di-   (US$12.80) to 580
particular focus on Lithuanian        forming artist Jiao Huang, a      the Shanghai Theatrr Academy,     rector of Jing鈥檃n, said Modern      yuan.
and Russian drama.                    member of the Art Committee       said Modern Drama Valley is an    Drama Valley will be Shanghai鈥檚
                                      of Modern Drama Valley.           excellent place to start build-   鈥渃ultural brand.鈥?   The event, to be held May 5-23,                                      ing a world-class theater hub in
will present 17 productions from         Jing鈥檃n and the Scottish city  Jing鈥檃n.                             Here are some of the top-flight
China, Russia, Lithuania, Po-         of Edinburgh are in talks to                                        performances on tap.
land, Australia, France, Britain      build a relationship between         鈥淣ew York鈥檚 Broadway takes

                                                                        Lithuanian Drama Festival

                                                                           From May 17 to 23, Lithu-         Bergman, who was married         drama by Mikhail Lermontov.
                                                                        ania鈥檚 State Small Theatre of     five times and kept countless       Chekhov鈥檚 鈥淭hree Sisters鈥?is
                                                                        Vilnius will stage 鈥淎 Spiritual   mistresses during his life, is      another well-recognized ad-
                                                                        Matter,鈥?鈥淭he Masquerade鈥?        described as an astute ob-          aptation by Tuminas.
                                                                        and 鈥淭he Three Sisters鈥?at        server of female behavior.
                                                                        the Daning Theater.               This play portrays a mad               鈥淓ston ia Youth Da i ly鈥?                                                                                                          middle-aged woman seeking           described Tuminas as the
                                                                           鈥淎 Spiritual Matter鈥?is an     self-redemption.                    director who knows how
                                                                        adaptation of an Ingmar                                               to express black humor to
                                                                        Bergman script. It was chosen        鈥淭he Masquerade鈥?by Rimas        perfection.
                                                                        as one of the works this year     Tuminas, a leading Lithua-
                                                                        to commemorate the 100th          nian director, is bringing one         鈥淭heater leads people to
                                                                        anniversary of the legendary      of the most successful inter-       explore their true selves,鈥?                                                                        Swedish director鈥檚 birth.         pretations of this romantic         Tuminas has said.

                                      Oldest Russian theater

                                         Russia鈥檚 oldest theater, the  by Brecht.
                                      262-year-old Alexandrinsky,         鈥淲hat really matters is to
                                      will bring two masterpieces
                                      to the stage in Shanghai.        deliver his spirit instead of
                                                                       focusing on the script,鈥?he
                                         One is the Bertolt Brecht     said.
                                      classic 鈥淢other Courage and
                                      Her Children,鈥?marking the          The other play is a new
                                      120th birthday of the Ger-       adaption of 鈥淗amlet.鈥?Direc-
                                      man theater icon. It was         tor Vadim Levanov has set
                                      adapted and produced by          the scene in contemporary
                                      Theodoros Terzopoulos, a         society to present the con-
                                      leading figure in European       flicts of Shakespeare鈥檚 drama
                                      theater.                         in a modern context.

                                         Terzopoulos studied for          鈥淗is play looks like cover-
                                      five years in the Berliner       age of a news event,鈥?said
                                      Ensemble, a theater founded      Elena Gorfunkel, writing in
                                                                       鈥淭he Drama Empire.鈥?
                                                                        Japanese, French directors interpret classics

                                                                           Top Japanese theater direc-       鈥淚 can think of nothing more     by renowned Chinese writer
                                                                        tor Tadashi Suzuki will stage     dramatic than being forced to       Lu Xun in 1921 in a novel of
                                                                        鈥淭rojan Women,鈥?inspired by       imagine a wretched, unpredict-      the same name. Ah Q lived in
                                                                        the tragedy of the same name      able and inescapable fate,鈥?he      the underclass, long oppressed
                                                                        by Euripides. It will be first    said. 鈥淚 think many Japanese who    and deeply humiliated, but he
                                                                        time the production has been      survived the country鈥檚 defeat in    deluded himself into believing
                                                                        staged in the city.               World War II feel the same.鈥?       that he was spiritually superior
                                                                                                                                              to everyone.
                                                                           Using parts of the original       French director Michel
                                                                        text, Suzuki has created a        Didym, known for staging the           For Didym, Ah Q is a tragic
                                                                        new play centered on an old       Moli猫re classic 鈥淭he Imaginary      character in a comedy setting.
                                                                        Japanese woman remember-          Invalid,鈥?will stage his version    He represents humanity.
                                                                        ing wartime plight. He said he    of the Chinese classic 鈥淭he
                                                                        wants to reveal how mankind       True Story of Ah Q.鈥?                  鈥淚ts value is beyond time and
                                                                        suffers from war.                                                     place and can trigger echoes,鈥?                                                                                                             Ah Q is a character created      he said of the play.

                                                                       Original China productions explore human mind

                                                                          Several original productions    Remembrance鈥?will be directed       Cixi, Guangxu took a train to
                                                                       will also be staged at the drama   by Tian Qinxin. From a woman鈥檚      Northeast China, cradle of the
                                                                       festival.                          perspective, the musical tells the  Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), to
                                                                                                          story of a man trying to help his   perform ancestral worship. En
                                                                          鈥淟aoshe Short Stories鈥?is com-  Alzheimer-afflicted girlfriend      route, a Briton named John wins
                                                                       posed of six humorous stories by   look for her memories.              favor with the emperor and the
                                                                       Chinese novelist and dramatist                                         Western-educated 鈥減rincess鈥?Der
                                                                       Lao She. The drama 鈥淴iao Hong鈥?       The drama 鈥淭he Imperial Ex-      Ling.
                                                                       is about renowned female writer    press鈥?tells a story set in 1903,
                                                                       Xiao Hong, who was gifted yet      during the reign of Emperor            Topics related to the fallen em-
                                                                       ill-fated.                         Guangxu (1875-1908). Against        pire and East-West cultural shock
                                                                                                          the wishes of Empress Dowager       are explored in a comedic style.
                                                                          The musical 鈥淎 Moment of
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