[SZ]Avant-garde play retells folk tale(March 29-31)
2013-February-28 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Time: 8 p.m., March 29-31

Tickets: 180-980 yuan

Reservations: 11185

Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District

Metro: Shekou Line, Houhai Station

Main cast of "Green Snake."

Tian Qinxin, one of China's foremost avant-garde/experimental theater directors, will present her latest play "Green Snake" to Shenzhen audiences.

Tian, a theater director from the National Theater of China for 13 years, is skilled in creating visual effects by emphasizing physical movement, the beauty of scenery and costume, and poetic dialogue.

Her subject of choice is mostly famous classics, which she interprets in a uniquely contemporary fashion. Her works usually evoke strong emotional reactions from audiences and are very popular with theatergoers.

"Green Snake" is a variation of Chinese folk tale Madame White Snake. In the traditional folk tale, Green Snake normally plays a supporting role behind the main character Bai Suzhen, White Snake. As the title suggests, the play features Green Snake as the main character.

Two snake spirits have been training for many centuries to take human form. They want to experience the love, freedom and wisdom that is supposedly only available to humans.

White Snake is the more experienced one and falls in love with human scholar Xu Xian. She plans to have a child with him, which would complete her passage into the mortal realm. Green Snake is the younger and more impulsive of the two sisters and she is not yet quite sure about the benefits of the human world.

Their enemy is overzealous monk Fa Hai. He makes various attempts to banish them from the human world. The monk considers himself a keeper of the natural order of the world and is suspicious of spiritual beings who seek to improve themselves. He abducts Xu from the marriage into his religious reeducation temple. The pregnant White Snake and Green Snake proceed to rescue Xu with their magical prowess. They pit their skills against the monk by trying to flood the temple situated atop a mountain, thereby causing a catastrophe in the region.


Editor: Jecey
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