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Sat, Nov 3, 2018 8:30pm –
Sun, Nov 4, 2018 3:00pm –
Mon, Nov 5, 2018 7:00pm –

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

La Mama

天问 TIAN WEN: Heavenly Questions for Modern Times

By Visual Expressions
Directed by Hua Hua Zhang 

Inspired by a classic Chinese poem, Tian Wen is an experimental puppetry performance featuring living sculpture, stylized movement, and live music. The individual pieces - or dreams - explore the differences in feelings, concerns, and behaviors between East and West that Hua Hua Zhang has observed during her artistic journey in America.

In the piece's magical dreamscape, powerful images abound: beautiful lanterns, a mysterious balloon, a stunning bird that both agitates and inspires, rocks and skeletons that thrillingly come to life. Through these images, many themes are explored, including loneliness, competition, compassion, self-reflection, as well as the balance between love of self and love of other. Taken together, these powerful and evocative dreams grapple with difficult questions we face in modern times.

Part of La Mama Puppet Festival