Chi­nese acts get rave re­views at The Fringe

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

A di­verse ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional Chi­nese pro­duc­tions en­ter­tained au­di­ences in Scot­land’s cap­i­tal on the week­end, as the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe 2017 opened its doors.

China Fo­cus, a col­lec­tion of eight acts, de­buted at the fes­ti­val, and a dozen other in­de­pen­dent per­form­ers also rep­re­sented the coun­try at this year’s event, which is one of the world’s largest arts fes­ti­vals.

This year’s Fes­ti­val Fringe in­volves 3,398 shows from 62 coun­tries, in venues through­out Ed­in­burgh and will con­tinue all month.

Shona McCarthy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Fes­ti­val Fringe So­ci­ety, says: “We hope this is the start of a ma­jor col­lab­o­ra­tion with China at The Fringe. We want to see more Chi­nese work in 2018 and be­yond.”

Ma­jor Chi­nese per­form­ing arts com­pa­nies at the fes­ti­val in­clude the Na­tional Theater of China, the Shang­hai Dra­matic Arts Cen­ter and the Shang­hai Acad­emy of Drama.

Xiang Xiaowei, the cul­tural coun­selor at the Chi­nese em­bassy, says China Fo­cus will be an an­nual fea­ture, mark­ing a “new chap­ter in cul­tural re­la­tions” be­tween China and the United King­dom.

“The China Fo­cus se­ries will be­come an icon of Chi­nese cul­ture at The Fringe in the fu­ture and will fur­ther en­rich cul­tural ex­changes dur­ing the ‘golden era’ of China-UK re­la­tions,” he says.

On Sun­day at The Grand, the au­di­ence wit­nessed one high­light of the China Fo­cus pro­gram — The Dreamer.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween UK theater com­pany Gecko and the Shang­hai Dra­matic Arts Cen­ter has al­ready racked up sev­eral four-star rat­ings from fes­ti­val re­view­ers.

The pro­duc­tion draws in­spi­ra­tion from William Shake­speare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavil­ion.

While the di­a­logue is in Man­darin, non-Chi­nese speak­ers can fol­low the show through the ac­tors’ phys­i­cal­ity. The im­mac­u­late set de­sign, light­ing and live vi­o­lin all im­press.

On Sat­ur­day evening, a sold-out crowd of more than 500 packed into Ed­in­burgh’s As­sem­bly Hall to watch China Goes Pop, fea­tur­ing the Shan­dong Acro­batic Troupe and the China Arts En­ter­tain­ment Group.

Some of China’s most tal­ented jug­glers, con­tor­tion­ists, aerial silk spe­cial­ists and ac­ro­bats per­formed to re­cent pop smash hits.

The show was named one of Ed­in­burgh-based re­viewer The List’s top cir­cus acts for this year.

China Goes Pop is di­rected by Shanda Sawyer, who is known for the stage pro­duc­tion of The Marvel Uni­verse.

The China Fo­cus se­ries will be­come an icon of Chi­nese cul­ture at The Fringe in the fu­ture.” Xiang Xiaowei, cul­tural coun­selor at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Lon­don

The Shang­hai Theater Acad­emy’s Pek­ing Opera The Boor, the Na­tional Theater of China’s Luocha Land, and New City, New Sound by the Shen­zhen’s Al­liance Art Group all opened on the week­end.

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Chi­naGoesPop is one of the high­lights of the China Fo­cus se­ries at this year’s Fes­ti­val Fringe.

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