綠葉劇團 Théâtre de la Feuille | L’Orphelin 2.0 《孤兒 2.0》

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  Physical | Chinese Classic | Bare Stage

L’Orphelin 2.0 《孤兒 2.0》
A Legend retold through the art of the body

L’Orphelin 2.0 is devised based on The Orphan of Zhao, one of China’s oldest plays and the first to be translated into a European language. Described as the Chinese Hamlet, it is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend.

In the story of the orphan of Zhao, Zhao Shuo, the highest general in the Dukedom of Jin was framed up by Tu’an Gu, his political enemy. Tu’an Gu killed Zhao Shuo and all his 300 family members except Zhao’s orphan Zhao Wu, who was hidden and secretly brought up by Zhao Shuo’s loyal retainer Cheng Ying. When Zhao Wu had grown up 20 years later, the Duke rehabilitated his family and allowed Zhao Wu to kill Tu’an Gu to revenge his father’s death.

As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known Commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian. But is there a ‘true’ version?

Creative & Production Team

Director: Ata Wong Chun Tat
Producer: Lei Yuen Hung
Costume Design: Cheng Man Wing
Lighting Design: Chung Po Yee
Sound Design: Fung Chin Lung
Performers: 5 performers and 1 live music

Creative and Premiere Cast: Suen Chi Hung, Wang Yao, Li Tengfei, Liao Shuyi, Zhao Qi
Other Creative and Touring Cast: Lai Cheung Leong, Wong Siu Ming, Newton Wang, To Chun Yiu, Benjamin Tsang
Live Music: Vicky Shin, Heidi Law

Performance Detail

Approximately 1 hour without intermission
Performed in Mandarin with English and Chinese surtitles

Previous Performance

2018

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Nanning, China
Wuhan, China

2017

Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin, China
Harbin Grand Theatre, Harbin, China
City Theatre Festival, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Dongguan, China
Yinchuan, China
Chengdu, China

2016

Contemporary Theatre Biennale, Shenzhen, China
Inside Out Theatre, Beijing, China
Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin, China
Hefei Fringe Festival, Hefei, China
Hangzhou Contemporary Theater Festival
2016 The Third Nationwide Invitation Seasons of Yunnan Small Theatre Drama, Yunnan, China

2015

Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, HK
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China
Zhongshan Culture and Art Centre, Zhongshan, China
Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Wuzhen, China
Wuhan 403 Arts Centre, China

2014

International Theatre Olympic Festival, Xian, China
Premiered in the Beijing Fringe Festival, Beijing, China

Reviews


“L’Orphelin is an example of how to stand out from other physical theatres.” A review from Cando360.com

 

“Wonderful revival of the legendary The Orphan of Zhao. You will be amazed by how a familiar plot can be played out inventively.” A review from Cando360.com

 

“Difficult to find words to express the quality of the show, the physicality, the storytelling (despite not speaking/ understanding Chinese) and was so shocking in a great way to be surprised by the political risk and relevance of such a powerfully rendered piece.” An audience from Guangzhou

 

“Imagination always comes before action. For many troupes focusing on the art of the body, The Orphan 2.0 is inevitably a representative experience and performance.” A review from Cando360.com

 

“The body language of the performers is unparalleled.” Yang Xiaoluan, A reviewer from Guangzhou

 

“I was really lucky to watch such a show.” Xing Liang, A famous dancer and choreographer from Hong Kong

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