Experimental Opera Skin10.21 14:00 / 19:15  Duanjun Theater, STA

The libretto of this work has been adapted from “The Painted Skin,” a short story by the Qing Dynasty writer Pu Songling. It’s strange plot and strong moral message have made it a classic. Our version seeks to interpret Pu’s story from a modern perspective, adding new layers by fleshing out the characters’ inner worlds and exploring the moral message of the story, which raises eternal themes of desire, temptation, sacrifice, and free choice.

Both the music and libretto embody Chinese elements, and the stage action integrates physical movement with singing in a profound way. On these two foundations we hope to bring about an innovation in the form of classical Western opera and give this classic tale a new life on stage.