斩断 -Sever - a filmic-musical live experience.

@ 2016 YanZhen

@2016 YanZhen

《斩断》Sever premiered at the Shanghai International Festival of the Arts 2015. The piece is a collaboration with musician Zhuma (Band: Xiban 戏班). Eight performers accompany the silent film, providing the live soundtrack; incorporating and reimagining the music of Xiban with elements of Pekin Opera. 

A Surreal, Paradigm-Shifting Night of Music and Film” - New York Music Daily

斩断 / Sever draws on the legendary tale of two Pekin Opera characters drawn from Chinese folk history. Guanyu - the Saint of War, and Diaochan - one of the "four great beauties" of Chinese history. Set in modern day Shanghai, the historical context of these characters and the Pekin Opera art form is thrown up against todays world to explore themes of identity, consequence and belonging.

2016 saw Sever tour internationally to enthusiastic response in New York (Asia Society), London (Southbank Centre), Hungary (Cafe Budapest), India (New Dehli International Festival of the Arts), Hong Kong (New Vision Arts Festival) and play again Shanghai, China.

《斩断》Sever was commissioned by R.A.W.

Runtime: 25 mins.

Reviewed by New York Music Daily here

WATCH : trailer for Imagined Futures New York Festival.

WATCH recording of live performance       

WATCH film

Gallery images courtesy of YanZhen photography 2016

FILM CREDITS

Producer / Musical director - Zhuma

Producer / Director / Cinematographer / Post Production - David Harris

Cast

Guan Gong (关公)- Lusu鲁肅Diaochan (貂蝉) - Zhaoqingyi 赵青怡

群众演员 | Extras : 陈一松, Jeremy Ball, 楼崇星, 上海的人们

Crew

摄影组 | Camera team : 郭建超, 顾晨宇, 马克, Chad Ingraham, Chad Grochowski

京剧服装/化妆 | Pekin Opera costume & makeup : 吴跃,周仲根,沈金囡

服装/现场道具 | Costume & set decoration: 云青

化妆 | Makeup: 李洋,鑫鑫,米西

剧照 | Still Photography: 严甄

编剧 | Story: 张笃, 鲁肅, David Harris,

上海国际艺术节扶青项目| Made with support from Shanghai International Arts Festival R.A.W. 

感谢 | Thanks to: 王大姐,马云破,Ilham, Akmat, 三山会馆,Pagoda Studio. Ryan Pyle