February 10 - February 11, 2019
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
Sunday & Monday at 7PM
$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]
Run Time: 120 minutes
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By Meng Theatre Studio
Directed by Meng Jinghui
Two Dogs is an exceptional example of contemporary Chinese avant-garde theater. Since its premiere in 2007, it has been performed more than 2000 times, both throughout China and at international venues and festivals.
Directed by Meng Jinghui, China’s most influential and celebrated theatre director, the play combines the creative techniques of Chinese comedy folk performance, Italian improvisational comedy, vaudeville, and absurdist drama. Its dark comedy explores the relationship between ideals and real challenges of life in contemporary urban and rural China.
All Performances Presented in Chinese with English Subtitles!
“When the Beatles wrote ‘Yellow Submarine,’ they probably didn’t imagine it wrapping up a National Theatre of China production about ambitious pooches….A tossed salad of improv, rock music, laurel-and-hardy-style double act and careful social satire. ”
- The Washington Post
“This is a simple, free and sincere comedy. It analyzes the real world from a dog's perspective. The actors’ impromptu performances are enough to make other actors feel shame! Don’t miss it, but be prepared before the show. Those two dogs will not only take away your laughter, tears, applause, but maybe even mobile phones, cameras, mineral water and Money! ”
—Xu Zheng, Renowned Chinese Film, TV, and Stage Actor
Directed by Meng Jinghui
Creation & Performance Team: The Physical Guerrillas
Performers: Liu Xiaoye & Wang Yin
Live Music and Sound Effects: Zhang Congpingzi & Hou Yawen
Sound Design: Qin Yandong
Lighting Design: Wen Haibo
Multimedia Projection: Yang Zihan
Stage Manager: Xie Zhongcheng
About the Artists
Meng Jinghui, as the most acclaimed Chinese theatre director in international theatre, is known for his iconoclastic experimental works, which are highly influential among the young vanguard of Chinese theatre and film directors. Meng is a director at the National Theatre of China and his own theater The Beehive. He is well known for his creative and versatile artistry, which has opened up new aspects of contemporary Chinese theatre. He has created over 40 works since the 1990s, and the emergence of each one has been met with strong responses.
Meng’s productions range from adaptations of foreign works to original plays, including: Rhinoceros in Love; Two Dogs’ Opinions on Life; To Live; Four Dreams; Amber; Letter from An Unknown Woman; The Hanging Garden Murder Mystery; The Accidental Death of an Anarchist; I Love XXX; Guns, Lies and Roses; Deadwater Mermaid; He Has Two Pistols with White and Black Eyes; Bonjour Tristesse;The Bedbug; The Good Person of Szechwan; Soft; Head Without Tail; and Nine And A Half Love. Meng's works have been performed at many international arts festivals, and toured to many countries, including Germany, the U.S., Japan, France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil and Egypt. His books include Avantgarde Drama Archives and Meng Jinghui’s Experimental Theatre Archives. He is the Artistic Director of the Beijing International Fringe Festival and co-Artistic Director of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, which he co-founded in 2013 with Chen Xianghong, Huang Lei and Stan Lai.
Meng Theatre Studio was established in 1997. Its creative foundation has always been the principal of diversification and the spirit of the avant-garde. On this basis, the Meng Theatre Studio has presented more than 40 pieces of contemporary theatre work—works that have been at the forefront of Chinese theatre art. Among them, “Rhinoceros in Love” is known as "the contemporary love Bible," and has been performed more than 2,500 times. “Two Dogs” is another of the most popular shows in the Meng Theatre Studio repertoire, and has been performed over 2000 times in 11 years. Meng Theatre Studio has also organized hundreds of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and other events to support young artists. The Meng Theatre Studio is not only focused on creating theatre works, but also aims to bring Chinese theatre to a new level for a new age.
About the Creative China Festival
Creative China Festival is committed to becoming a platform to nurture innovative creators and foster in-depth collaborations between China and the US in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. CCF shares the influential and dynamic works of Chinese contemporary arts and culture through 80 events in 8 cities during 200 days, including discussions, films, dances, theater, music, design, art, youth program, artist talks, workshops, fellowships, family programs, publication grants, US arts delegations to China, and arts study tours.