The complicated path love takes seen through Chinese eyes
In Constellations, an award-winning 2012 play by British author Nick Payne, cosmologist Liu Mei crosses paths with professional beekeeper Du Lei. They strike up a conversation, become acquainted, fall in love and then split up. End of story, one would say. Yet when Chinese director Wang Chong is involved – who visited Noorderzon last year with his witty Ibsen adaptation Ghosts 2.0 – he creates an infinite number of parallel worlds. Using a dozen cameras, two hamsters (playing the roles of god and time) and a clock-shaped stage, he portrays the way Liu Mei and Du Lei would fare in these other universes. In his extremely modern working, widely acclaimed Wang sheds light on themes such as time and space, with infinite numbers of the couple sometimes remaining together, at others disappearing from each other's lives. Humour and tragedy alternate effortlessly in this stunningly beautiful cinematic tour de force, which was nominated by The Beijing Post as the most controversial performance of the year, with actress Xiaohuan Wang reaping the title Young Theatre Artist of the Year.
Do you want to learn more about this performance and its makers? On August 19th at 19:30 h, this performance is followed by an aftertalk in which you can ask everything you would like to know!
“It captures the loneliness of humans and the vastness of the universe through simplistic means. The moments of the actress getting into alienating from the character provide great emotion. It is excellently done"
Playwright | Nick Payne
Director | Chong Wang
Performers | Xiaohuan Wang, Jialong Li
Design | Linlin Yi, Xinyu Wang
Music | Yanfang Li
Light | Lingyang Meng
Producers | Qingyang Wang, Chong Wang
Assistant directors | Fan Yang, Jingyi Zhang