China to play big role at UK fest

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By AN­GUS MCNEICE in Lon­don an­gus@mail.chi­nadai­

In Au­gust, the fo­cus of the in­ter­na­tional arts world turns to Ed­in­burgh, where Chi­nese acts will play a ma­jor role at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val.

More than a dozen per­form­ers from China will put on shows through­out the month at the world’s largest arts fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing of­fer­ings of mu­sic, theater and dance.

The Cen­ter for Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val has or­ga­nized China Fo­cus, a group of seven acts that will travel to Scot­land with the sup­port of China’s Min­istry of Cul­ture and the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­na­tional en­ter­prise agency, Scot­tish De­vel­op­ment In­ter­na­tional.

David Leven, head of SDI’s China of­fice, says: “Sup­port­ing con­nec­tions like this be­tween China and Scot­land helps strengthen our re­la­tion­ship and en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion. Ed­in­burgh’s year-round fes­ti­vals gen­er­ate 313 mil­lion pounds ($410.8 mil­lion) for the Scot­tish econ­omy, with the tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity and leisure sec­tors the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries.”

From Aug 2-12 theater fans can watch the Na­tional Theater of China’s Luocha Land at C Venues. The play fol­lows Maji, who finds him­self in an is­land king­dom of flesh-eat­ing demons. Maji’s plans for es­cape be­come con­fused as the other worldly laws of this mys­te­ri­ous place, where beauty and ug­li­ness are re­versed, take their toll on his psy­che.

The Shang­hai Dra­matic Arts Cen­ter and Bri­tish phys­i­cal theater com­pany Gecko will put on a joint per­for­mance of The Dreamer at the Plea­sance Grand be­tween Aug 2 and 15. The pro­duc­tion draws in­spi­ra­tion from William Shake­speare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavil­ion, which is one of China’s most en­dur­ing love sto­ries and was writ­ten in the 16th cen­tury.

From Aug 3-27 vis­i­tors to the Assem­bly Hall will be treated to a fu­sion of ac­ro­bat­ics, pop mu­sic, tra­di­tional Chi­nese art forms, and Broad­way sto­ry­telling with the spec­ta­cle China Goes Pop.

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