BUSAN, South Korea – With a new concept, "Hello Asia!", the 9th Busan International Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF) will be held from May 4 through May 13 in Busan.
XiuRuJi from China and The Arrival from New Zealand have been selected as the opening and closing performances respectively.
The grand opening performance is <XiuRuJi> from Sichuan, China. This most recent presentation of the traditional story, of “The Tale of Li Wa”, tells of Li Yaxian. Li Yaxian is an intelligent dancer, who loves her husband with a pure heart. Using the medium of Sichuan Opera, <XiuRuJi> brings Li Wa’s themes of love and dedication to contemporary audiences.
Established in the 1960s, the Sichuan Opera Theater is a renowned local opera mainly prevailing in Southwestern China. Sichuan opera is characterized by unique solos, refined acting, rich percussion, and talented comedians, whose skills are unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Presenting BIPAF’s 2012 theme: The Rediscovery of Asia, <XiuRuJi> is Chinese traditional theater, and will help BIPAF’s international audience rediscover Asian theater’s true prospect and power!
Theater Production: Sichuan Province Theater, Sichuan Opera
Time: May 4th 19:00 / 5th 18:00 / 6th 18:0 0
Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Medium Hall of Busan Cultural Center
Expected to be performed at both BIPAF and the LG Art Center!
– Most appreciated by theater critics in 2012
BIPAF 2012’s closing performance is a masterpiece: <The Arrival>.
A play employing visual language, The Arrival’s enchanting story of hope and humanity is told through puppetry, shadow-play and music.
It's a simple story of hope and fortitude overcoming hardship and insurmountable odds. A man leaves his wife and daughter for a better life in a faraway country so that one day they can join him and prosper from his new-found life.
Travelling across the ocean, he eventually arrives in this strange new world where he doesn't speak the language and everything is unfamiliar. He has to relearn the basics of day-to-day living in an alien culture, with little or no help from those around him. Eventually, he succeeds in settling in and is finally reunited with his family.
This performance is based on Shaun Tan’s graphic children’s novel.
Country: New Zealand
Theater Production: Red Leap Theatre
Time: May 11th 20:00 / 12~13th 18:00
Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Main Hall of Busan Cultural Center
Source: Busan City News