A marvel of puppetry and vocal theatre inspired by an ageless tome
A daring new music theatre work by composer Huang Ruo and puppeteer, designer and director Basil Twist, Book of Mountains and Seas recasts ancient Chinese creation myths featuring singers from Ars Nova Copenhagen alongside two Hong Kong percussionists, massive puppets and striking lanterns.
Inspired by the eponymous compilation dating from 4th century B.C., this new work expands on four stories therein — The Legend of Pangu, The Legend of Ten Suns, The Spirit Bird, Kua Fu Chasing the Sun — that have since become part of Chinese mythology. Twist, a puppetry master in his own right, injects art and life into objects large and small, engendering a world that traverses magic and realism, ethereal and terrestrial, light and dark, being and nothingness.
Geography, travelogue, shamanism, mythology and fiction all rolled into one, the classic text features tales that seem occult yet timeless. In light of our current climate crisis, these creation stories, conjuring a sense of respect and awe for the environment, challenge us to be good stewards of the natural resources we have at hand.