Brazil / The Story of the Chicken Farm


Brazil 


Theatre for Living

Written and Directed by Liu Tianqi

WHEN:

October 16, 2021, 14:00

October 16, 2021, 17:00

October 17, 2021, 15:00

WHERE: Ancient Courtyard Theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

Performed in Chinese, with English subtitles


The Story of the Chicken Farm


Theatre for Living

Adapted from Christian Jolibois' The story of Carmela—by Liu Tianqi and Ding Yiteng

Directed by Liu Xiaoye, Wu Bi, Zhao Xiaosu, Liu Xiaoyi, Ding Yiteng and Liu Tianqi

WHEN: (same bill as Brazil)

October 16, 2021, 14:00

October 16, 2021, 17:00

October 17, 2021, 15:00

WHERE: Ancient Courtyard Theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

Performed in Chinese, with English subtitles 


About Brazil


This is the first conversation between K, a vegetable, and the home service robot who took care of him for eight years. In the end, the robot ends its life protecting K.


About The Story of the Chicken Farm


The Story of the Chicken Farm is adapted from Christian Jolibois' The Story of Carmela.

A chicken named Xiaolan doesn't want to lay eggs. In her heart, she yearns for the sea. Finally, on a dark night, she takes her luggage and sets out quietly from the chicken coop. Xiaolan crosses mountains and rivers, and finally... comes to the desert. She meets Columbus and the sailors who have lost their way in the desert—they can't find their way to the sea, either. Xiaolan remembers what her friend Pipi had said to her when she left. "When you don't know what direction you should go, listen to your inner voice. It will guide you in the direction of the sea." So Xiaolan takes the sailors all the way north, and finally finds the sea. They cheer, they jump, and they cry.

Credits


Brazil

Playwright/Director: Liu Tianqi


Cast:

Liu Tianqi as K

Wu Bi as Robot Butler C332

Liu Xiaoyi as Puppet K


Executive Team: YOMIX


The Story of the Chicken Farm

Playwrights: Adapted from the story of Carmela—by Liu Tianqi and Ding Yiteng

Directors: Liu Xiaoye, Wu Bi, Zhao Xiaosu, Liu Xiaoyi, Ding Yiteng, Liu Tianqi


Cast:

Liu Xiaoye/Wu Bi/Zhao Xiaosu/Liu Xiaoyi/Ding Yiteng/Liu Tianqi as Xiaolan

Ding Yiteng as Quail

Liu Xiaoye as Chicken Farm Manager

Liu Timqi as Pipi

Zhao Xiaosu as Little Purple Chicken, Xiaolan's Mother, Xiaolan's Father

Liu Xiaoyi as Little Chicken, Laifu

Wu Pei as Little Green Chicken, Ancestor, Columbus

Liu Xiaoye/Zhao Xiaosu/Liu Xiaoyi/Tianqi Liu as Sailor


Executive Team: YOMIX

About the Directors

Brazil

About Liu Tianqi

Liu Tianqi is a stage actor, director and screenwriter in mainland China. He won the Best Drama Award of the Emerging Theatre Artists Competition at the 7th Wuzhen Theatre Festival and his best-known work is The Chickens and Rabbits Problem.


The Story of the Chicken Farm

Liu Xiaoye is an outstanding stage actor, and a professor in the Musical Department of the Beijing Dance Academy. He has worked in the theatre for 20 years and has appeared in more than 6000 performances. His notable works include Opinions on the Life of Two Dogs, Hitler's Stomach and Eggs.

Wu Bi is an actor, director and playwright of the Chinese mainland stage, an actor of the National Theatre, and a star of cross-border TV variety shows. His Static won the Best Drama Award of Emerging Theatre Artists Competition in the 3rd Wuzhen Theatre Festival. Examples of his works include Static, Beijing Fayuansi and Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land.

Zhao Xiaosu is an actor in theatre, film and television dramas in mainland China, and an all-round dramatist with constant curiosity. His Baba Mother won the Best Drama Award of "Emerging Theatre Artists Competition" in the 1st Wuzhen Theatre Festival, and the works he is best known by include Baba Mother, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and The Murder of Hanging Garden.

Liu Xiaoyi is a director, actor and choreographer in mainland China. He is also the founder of Touch Laboratory, and a puppet master. He is the Chinese puppet director of the world's epic stage play War Horse. His best-known works include War Horse, Wu Kong, and Little Soldier Zhang Ga.

Ding Yiteng is a director, writer and actor in mainland China. His best-known works include Injustice to Tou O and The New Romance of the West Chamber.

Liu Tianqi is a stage actor, director and screenwriter in mainland China. He won the Best Drama Award of the Emerging Theatre Artists Competition at the 7th Wuzhen Theatre Festival and his best-known work is The Chickens and Rabbits Problem.

About Theatre for Living


Theatre for Living is a TV reality show produced by iQiyi, bringing young theatre artists to live and work together to create new theatre pieces. Since its premiere on the internet in early 2021, the 10 episodes of the first season have created a sensation and captivated audiences, who were given insight into the trials and tribulations of creating theatre pieces.

Theatre for Living brought together eight "unknown" artists: Liu Xiaoye, Wu Bi, Zhao Xiaosu, Liu Xiaoyi, Ding Yiteng, Liu Tianqi, Xiu Rui and Wu Haochen to live and work in Wuzhen. Unlike other reality shows that tended towards the sensational, Theatre for Living was more like a social experiment, showing the lives and ecology of theatre artists today. This was a breakthrough for reality shows.

Theatre for Living was shot entirely on location at Wuzhen. Every week there would be a new production presented at one of the different venues in Wuzhen. The audience was led through the creative process all the way to seeing the final production. Five plays chosen for this year's festival originated in the program.

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