The Interrupted Dream: Disrupted Historical Records in a Museum
Why We Recommend it
Zuni’s founder and pioneer of cross-cultural experimental theatre practice Danny Yung imagines the wake of Chinoiserie at the Palace of Versailles in the 17th century through the setting of a museum.
The Interrupted Dream is conceptualised by Asian artists from different performing art backgrounds – Classical Javanese dancer Didik Nini Thowok has always been fascinated by the concept of The Peony Pavilion, as well as Kunqu as an art form. A while ago, he translated Shan Po Yang, a song of the lead female character Du Liniang from The Interrupted Dream, one of the most famous excerpts in The Peony Pavilion, into Indonesian, and composed a new melody for it. This work then became the prelude scene of Danny Yung’s The Interrupted Dream.
Together with Shen Yili, a seasoned Kunqu (traditional Chinese theatre) lead actress from Shanghai; Nget Rady, a contemporary/traditional dancer from Phnom Penh; and Makoto Matsushima, a renowned contemporary dancer/choreographer/theatre performer from Tokyo, the show epitomizes a cultural exchange among Asian cultures, and a meeting between traditional and contemporary theatre.