Theatre, Festival

血与玫瑰乐队 Blood & Rose Ensemble

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: 莎士比亚的妹妹们的剧团 Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group
  • Date:
    23 - 25 Feb 2018
  • Time:
    Fri: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm & 8:00pm

    There will be a post-performance talk for the performances on 24 Feb, 8pm and 25 Feb, 3pm.

  • Duration:
    2h
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in Mandarin and some Chinese dialects, with English and Chinese surtitles.
  • Admission:
    $38
    Concession for students, NSFs and seniors: $20

Synopsis:

《血与玫瑰乐队》剪裁莎士比亚的玫瑰战争四联剧,解剖历史故事的创造过程:历史如何被书写?故事又如何被传播?血与玫瑰,暴力与美,又存在何种复杂的勾结关系?

台湾剧场鬼才导演王嘉明,采实验剧场空间与声音的使用,让莎剧经典文本在各种声响的交织中,既有按谱演出,也有即兴玩转,时而和谐,时而喧哗,两小时内铺陈出《亨利六世》与《理查三世》的历史场景,隐喻自古至今真相并非真相的现实。

小剧场内,一个呈"又"字型的交叉走道舞台,演员奔走于其上,观众身处其间,参与其中。10个演员,个个身怀绝技,不仅一人分饰多角,声效配音、爵士鼓、萨克斯管、长笛、电子低音吉他等,无一不能。而导演像是戏场上的DJ,操控着犹如一支乐队的声音节奏,在缜密的架构中,用人声推演剧情,也用音乐音效编织故事,造就了玩味十足的一台戏。

《血与玫瑰乐队》是由滨海艺术中心与国家两厅院联合委约,我国剧场演员钟达成,连同九位台湾优秀演员携手演出。

一人多声道精彩演释,众声喧哗的历史音场,美与暴力的玫瑰战争安魂曲。

Blood & Rose Ensemble takes on Shakespeare's "Wars of the Roses" history plays, putting a fresh, satirical and highly entertaining spin on the question of how history gets made. Between the beauty and violence of roses and bloodshed, how is history written and re-written? How are these histories told, and who gets to tell them?

In this brilliantly-inventive staging, prodigious Taiwanese director Wang Chia-Ming plays the invisible DJ, spinning in the arena of history, as he boldly remixes cuts, characters, and conflicts of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III, whilst jockeying the talented ensemble of actors in a madcap two-hour journey. The actors toggle multiple roles – playing various characters and performing their own music live – and cross-fade seamlessly between improvisation and performance, as they hurtle us through the voices and interwoven (hi)stories of Henry VI and Richard III, only to find that the enduring truth of our time is the illusiveness of truth itself.

A co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and The National Theater & Concert Hall, Blood & Rose Ensemble features Singapore theatre actor Oliver Chong, alongside nine illustrious Taiwanese theatre actors, in a performance that is as disquieting a requiem to the blood and beauty of the historic Wars, as it is a striking indictment of truth in our post-truth times.


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