Reading Dreams, Talking Narratives (Screening)
As tiredness takes hold of him, playwright Tang Xianzu wanders into his dreams and encounters his younger self, and the stories of his classic work Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall.
Reading Dreams, Talking Narratives is an intimate and illuminative film on Kunqu Opera that delves deep into the delicate art and its impassioned artists. Co-produced by iconic Hong Kong theatre company Zuni Icosahedron and the acclaimed Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre, the film documents Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre’s journey in getting Tang Xianzu’s Dream on Dreams ready for the stage.
Wandering through the four dreams with Tang Xianzhu—the Ming dynasty playwright hailed as the Shakespeare of the East—and speaking with the Kunqu Opera artists in the production, director Mathias Woo enters the delicate and intricate world of Kunqu Opera, gaining access and familiarity with its impassioned artists.
Reading Dreams, Talking Narratives is a film screening presented at the Esplanade Theatre.