Title of Project：Music Theatre The Impossible Black Tulip by Robert Wilson (Producer Presentation)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF :
Genre: Music Theatre
Location: B1 Auditorium, InterContinental Shanghai Jing’An
In 1577, Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionay, set out from Italy on an arduous journey. He arrived at the Chinese border in 1582 and eventually entered the Forbidden City in 1601. Ricci’s exchange of knowledge with the astronomer Li Zhizao and the Mandarin Xu Guangqi became an extraordinary collaboration. In 1602, they presented to the imperial court Kunyu Wanguo Quantu / Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World, a large and complex document that seeks nothing less than to describe the earth and its place in celestial space. It is the oldest Chinese map in the European style and because of its rarity has also been recently called “The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography”. The spirit of this map, which was the result of Chinese and Western knowledge and friendship is revisited in a creative collaboration between Robert Wilson and a Chinese creative team of collaborators and performers. At the last scene of the production, this spirit was revived and extended along the contemporary Silk Roads, spreading the idea, that understanding and respect between diverse cultures are vital for humanity.?The production’s World Premiere is going to be shown within the prestigious China Shanghai International Arts Festival.
Commissioned by the 22nd China Shanghai International Arts Festival.
Co-produced by The Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre & Change Performing Arts.
Supported by Shanghai Theatre Academy & The Watermill Center.
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