Crossing Mountains & Seas
July 11th, 2019 | The Port Theatre | 7:30 PM
Crossing Mountains & Seas fuses together contemporary and aerial dance, contemporary music with Chinese traditions and avant-garde improvisation, against dramatic media projection with the latest video technology, crossing over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic China as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas. The premiere is scheduled on July 11, 2019 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC and July 20, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Shan Hai Jing 山海經 is an enormous collection of ancient Chinese writings and drawings about a magical world where countless mythical creatures or hybrids of human and animals have lived in over 100 kingdoms. How the creatures in these kingdoms have lived in harmony with each other is a metaphor of an ideal multi-cultural society that we are seeking for today. To bridge between the modern day and the mythical world, the story will unfold within an imaged role-playing video game based on Shan Hai Jing. The game acts as a portal for our characters travel between the ancient and modern worlds, the east and the west, the sea and the sky, and the reality and our imagination. Setting the story within a game environment allows for infinite possibilities for creative ideas and makes connection to the youth culture.
Produced by Orchid Ensemble 蘭韻樂團
Co-created by Lan Tung 董籃, Julia Taffe, Sammy Chien 簡上翔, and Chengxin Wei 魏成欣
Choreography: Julia Taffe & Chengxin Wei
Media arts: Chimerik 似不像
Music: Lan Tung & Orchid Ensemble
Dance: Alex Tam, Thoenn Glover, & Cara Siu
Orchid Ensemble: Lan Tung (erhu & vocal), Dailin Hsieh (zheng) & Jonathan Bernard (percussion)
Chimerik: Sammy Chien, Andie Lloyd, Shang-Han Chien, Jill Shao & Ivan So.
Safety Director: Colin Zacharias
Production Manager: Chengyan Boon
Set Design: Khan Lee
Costume Design: Chandra Krown
Lighting Design: Jonathan Kim
Shan Hai Jing characters illustration: Li Tung