Majestic ferocity, sublime tragedy
From the second century BCE onwards, dramatic stories of the deeds of late Qin dynasty warlord Xiang Yu have been passed down through the generations. In this remarkable reimagining, The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra rising young musician Yu Bing revamps pipa classics into an innovative theatrical production. Here, musical instruments become the stars, vividly representing the inner and outer lives of the historical characters: pipa for Xiang Yu, bass drum for rival Liu Bang, and xiao and dizi for concubine Consort Yu. Masks, atmospheric lighting, and physical movement add to the evocative retelling of the fabled general’s exploits.
Meet-the-artist session after the 13 November performance
A “Rising Artists Work” commissioned by the 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival
Co-produced by China Shanghai International Arts Festival and The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra