At the Vancouver Playhouse
Crossing Mountains & Seas produced by Orchid Ensemble co-presented with Sound of Dragon Society
Crossing Mountains & Seas is an inter-disciplinary production that fuses a role-playing video game, contemporary and aerial dance, original music with Chinese traditions, and interactive multimedia projection. The performance is a journey through an imaged video game that crosses over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic China, as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas.
Shan Hai Jing is an enormous collection of ancient Chinese writings and drawings about a magical world where countless mythical creatures or hybrids of human and animals have lived in over 100 kingdoms. How the creatures in these kingdoms have lived in harmony with each other is a metaphor of an ideal multi-cultural society that we are seeking for today. To bridge between the modern day and the mythical world, the story will unfold within an imaged role-playing video game based on Shan Hai Jing. The game acts as a portal for our characters to travel between the ancient and modern worlds, the east and the west, the sea and the sky, and the reality and our imagination.
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