21 June 2012
Songs from the Yellow Earth
Songs from the Yellow Earth is a collaboration between Chinese Theatre Works and the founder and director of the renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre, Peter Schumann.
It incorporates literary and operatic ruminations on war and peace drawn from classic Chinese opera and poetic works from the 'Book of Songs'.
These sources refer to the time of the legendary Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China, and reflect the suffering of the common people and their yearning for social stability. I filmed their beautiful work at the recent 21st UNIMA World Puppetry Festival in Chengdu, China. Above I have put together a few extracts from the production. Enjoy!