News Published 24 March 2011

EIF Programme Announced

Edinburgh International Festival celebrates Asian culture.

Rosanna Hall

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its programme for 2011. The festival, which this year will run from 12th August to 4th September, will be celebrating the “vibrant and diverse cultures of Asia”.

The programme will incorporate work by artists from China, Indonesia, Japan,Korea and Vietnam as well as North America, Germany, Belgium, Russia and the UK. Work includes the world premiere of Greg Pierce and Stephen Earnhart’s multimedia adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a production which is set to employ a mix of performance, music, dance, puppetry and film.

The Mokwha Repertory Company from Seoul will stage a re-imagined production of The Tempest at the King’s Theatre which will blend Shakespeare with stories from the fifth-century Korean Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms. There will be more Shakespeare at the Lyceum Theatre, with a one man King Lear by Taipei’s Contemporary Legend Theatre. Written, directed and performed by Wu Hsing-Kuo, the piece will use the traditional stagecraft of the Chinese Peking Opera, along with martial arts, contemporary dance and live music.

Peony Pavillion by the National Ballet of China will combine westernised classical ballet and a symphony orchestra with traditional Chinese music in a staging of Chinese writer Tang Xanzu’s love story.

Tim Supple’s six-hour One Thousand and One Nights will also make its European premiere at the EIF, following performances at the Luminato festival in Toronto in June and Chicago Shakespeare Theater in June and July.

Public booking opens Saturday 2nd April. For tickets and further information, visit: EIF

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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