Z Innovation Lab – The Interrupted Dream

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
18.10 (Thu)8pm
20.10 (Sat)8pm
$200, $100
Free seating
Approx. 80 minutes without intermission
Z Innovation Lab – The Interrupted Dream
“[Didik Nini Thowok]… on the frontlines of cross-dressing performance art”
— The Jakarta Post
“Indonesia’s renown cross-gender artist (Didik Nini Thowok)”
— Broadway World
"[Park Hobin] The admirable, lively movements of Park were fascinating and enthralling.
— Munhwa Daily Newspaper
“[Shen Yili] is pretty and elegant, charming and mellow.”
— Daily Headlines
“[Shen Yili] is in her prime time, with her comprehensive artistry.”
— Mingpao Monthly

Event at the museum
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Classical Javanese dance was once exclusive to the royal court and then later spread amongst commoners, having much influence over Indonesian culture.

Kunqu incorporates singing, dance and literature, showcasing a variety of performing arts forms. In 2001, UNESCO declared Kunqu Opera as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The 2018 scheme of One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre will feature Indonesian, cross-gender, Classical Javanese dancer, Didik Nini Thowok. Eager to absorb different performing arts forms, Nini Thowok travels to Taipei to learn the role of Du Liniang from the Traditional Kunqu Play, Peony Pavilion.

In Hong Kong, an encasing mirrored theatre will become the meeting space for Didik Nini Thowok and Shanghainese Kunqu artist Shen Yili. Yearning for cross-cultural creative exchange, Shen Yili will participate in this collaborative project, bringing forth her specialisation in guimendan roles (young female lead). These two female leads not only become a reflection of one another, but they also provide growth and progress by exchanging through teaching and learning.

Together with contemporary choreographer Park Hobin from Seoul, they re-interpret the classical Chinese literary dream play written by the playwright of the Ming dynasty Tang Xianzu through a cross-language, cross-art, and cross-gender fashion.

Curator, Artistic Director, Director & Designer:
Danny Yung
Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta), Park Hobin (Seoul), Shen Yili (Shanghai), Students from National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, Interns from Zuni’s “Creative Playground”
Sound Creation:
Nerve (Steve Hui), Gordon Lee
Related Info

Post-performance discussion session on 20 October

Zuni Icosahedron is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Zuni Icosahedron is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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