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  • 茶馆

    Based on Lao She

    Meng Jinghui

    Beijing

    Some scenes can offend the sensibility of the youngest. Not recommended for children under the age of 14.

  • Opéra Confluence

    National Premiere

    Show in Chinese, surtitles in French on set and in English via electronic glasses

    Running time 3h

  • surtitles

    electronic glasses

    The life of a teahouse challenging the wheel of time to reveal the mutations of Chinese society and a yearning for freedom.

 

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Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse - Extracts

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Teahouse © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • “Be careful not to speak of affairs of state!”
    On the stage, a huge circular and metallic structure symbolising a Beijing teahouse reveals a microcosm where people of diverse social backgrounds come to mingle. A dialogue between three periods and three generations, struggling against the assault of time, revealing the upheavals that have affected Chinese society and the immutability of human nature. The wheel of fortune turns one way, then the other, as we stand in the wake of human destinies. Time passes, power changes hands, and the teahouse alone endures. Between humour and tragedy, the owner and his customers share their struggles and hopes to counter corruption and oppression in a great show of humanity. Accompanied by live electro-rock music, Meng Jinghui adapts this great classic of Chinese theatre to the excesses and rhythm of the modern world in a larger cultural context, making it resonate with other humanist and social texts. A poetic and exhilarating journey in which the artistic gesture is never far from the political.

    Born in 1965 in Changhun, Meng Jinghui studied direction at the Central Academy of Drama in China. In 1997, he founded the Meng Theatre Studio, and is also the director of the Beehive Theatre in Beijing. He also serves as artistic director of several festivals in China and has directed several films. A pioneer of avant-garde theatre, he has been recognised since the 1990s for his political, creative, funny, and ironic adaptions of classic (Samuel Beckett, Dario Fo, Eugène Ionesco, Tang Xianzu) and contemporary plays (Rhinoceros in LoveI love XXX) alike. His shows have been performed throughout the world.

    Born in 1899, Lao She, the writer of the “little people of Beijing,” is famous for his many remarkable novels, poems, and plays. He taught in London and in the United States before coming back to China in 1949 to serve the communist regime. One of his most important works, The Teahouse, was published in 1956. He was one of the first victims of the Cultural Revolution and died in 1966, officially committing suicide by drowning.

  • Distribution

    With Chen Lin, Chen Minghao, Ding Yiteng, Han Jing, Han ShuoLi Jianpeng, Li Jingwen, Liu Chang, Liu Hongfei, Qi Xi, Sun Yucheng, Sun Zhaokun, Tian Yu, Wang Xinyu, Wei Xi, Zhao Hongwei, Zhang Hongyu, Zhang Juncheng, Zhang Zhiming
    And Li Xiaojun (singing), Li Yibo (drums), Wang Chuang (guitar and bass)

    Text Lao She
    Direction, adaptation Meng Jinghui
    Dramaturgy Sebastian Kaiser
    Music Hua Shan, Shao Yanpeng, Nova Heart
    Scenography Zhang Wu
    Lights Wang Qi
    Video Wang Zhigang
    Sound Hua Shan
    Costumes Yu Lei
    Direction assistant Li Huayi

    Production

    Production Meng Theatre Studio
    Co-production Hybridités France-Chine
    With the support of Ministère de la Culture et du tourisme de la République populaire de Chine, Sinoac Group
    Residency Wuzhen Theatre Festival
    In partnership with France Médias Monde

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