Cinematographic delight evokes love in parallel universes
In Constellations, 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 Chong Wang 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 (!) and a clock-shaped stage, he portrays the way Liu Mei and Du Lei would fare in these other universes. Like the original work by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, highly acclaimed Wang explores themes such as time and space in this ultramodern adaptation. With their exquisite performances, the actors imbue you with the realisation that in the end we are all alike, despite our inexorably dubious tendency to divide the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’. Humour and tragedy combine wonderfully in this beautiful cinematographic tour de force.
“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