November 3, 2018 - November 5, 2018
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors (+1 Facility Fee)
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 segments - or dreams - explore the emotional and behavioral differences between East and West that Hua Hua Zhang has observed since journeying to America in 1996. Zhang explores themes of loneliness, competition, compassion and self-reflection, as well as the balance between love of self and love of other.
About the Artists
Hua Hua Zhang– (Artistic Director, Masks & Scenery Design, Construction and Performer) graduated from Beijing Art Academy where she studied as a performer in the classical art of Chinese puppetry. She worked in the China Puppet Arts Troupe and received many awards from the Ministry of Culture of The People’s Republic of China for excellence in performance. In 1996, Hua Hua enrolled as a student in the Puppet Art Department of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut and has received an MFA degree in Puppet Arts from the school. She also received the University of Connecticut Fine Arts Award for Excellence in 2000.
Hua Hua formed her company, Visual Expression and has attracted many people from theatre, dance, visual art and music. Her gift in design, sculpture and performance and her experience in both eastern and western art and culture makes her work unique. Her original artwork includes the stage productions: Two Hands, Monkey King – Adventure of Golden Bell, Butterfly Dreams, Reflections, East Meets Westand The Bell. These works have been performed throughout America and in international Festivals. Hua Hua also designed for a national U.S. television program, Between the Lions for “Sad Dad” story. In 2000, Hua Hua Zhang joined Tan Dun in his multimedia opera, The Gate. She received the Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2003. Hua Hua has discovered the essence of the character, Koharu, by combining eastern and western ideas with many of her own notions, and by using her abilities in design, sculpture and performance to create the puppet representing the Japanese character of Koharu.
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