Lao Can Impression 老殘印象
East meets West as live music is equal to live action in this fusion of Debussy and Liu
‘Lao Can’ is a theatre work by CAN and Concert Theatre. Concert Theatre re-imagines the concert form, creating a performance where live music is equal to live action. The music of Debussy will be performed side by side with the classic Chinese story ‘The Travels of Lao Can’ (老殘遊記) by Liu in a contemporary setting. The performance fuses Debussy’s imagination of the East and Liu’s attitude towards Westernisation.
The piece is directed and written by An-Ting Chang (Artistic Director of Concert Theatre and Chinese Arts Now), with the devisers and performers Hsu Hua-Chien and Chih-I Chang, three concert musicians, Lichi Chian (piano), Yun-Ju Chen (flute) and Jen-Hsin Kung (cello) and stage design by Wang Jing. The production is generously supported by EVA Air. With thanks to Queen Mary’s University London.
This performance of Lao Can Impression 老殘印象 has a running time of 80 minutes (no interval)
Presented as part of CAN Festival 2019. CAN Festival runs from 19 January 2019 to 2 February 2019 and celebrates the work of the best Chinese heritage artists working in the UK today, across theatre, music, live art, dance, film and more about Chinese Arts Now here
Thank you to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins for the loan of the cello used in this performance