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TITLE OF SHOW: PEARL RAIN, DEEP THUNDER
LENGTH OF SHOW: 45-MINUTES
THEME [describe in one sentence]: The Earth’s need for rain and human beings need for sufficiency, compassion and experiences which bring about transformations in our lives and the shared understandings and wisdom which are part of our imaginations’ legacy from one culture to another.
CONTENT [brief description of pieces in show]: PEARL RAIN, DEEP THUNDER is a combination of two Chinese stories, one by Julie Lawson, THE DRAGON’S PEARL and the other by Laurence Yep, THE JUNIOR THUNDER LORD. The first is a modern retelling of myths about a dragon from the Min River and the second is a translation of a story from the Ming Dynasty. Both deal with China’s need for rain in order to feed its peoples and how rain effects their daily lives.
GOAL [what is the purpose of this show]: To witness the richness of human emotion and to present it to the audiences in ways that make them lhave a greater understanding of Chinese cultures, myths and stories.
POINT OF VIEW OF ARTISTS [brief description]: That we all are human and need to be able to express our emotions clearly and without guilt, knowing that if we all indeed can and do have similar emotions, we can all afford to be more compassionate with each other by understanding each others needs and cultures.
CLASSIFICATION [i.e.: ADULT, FESTIVAL, FAMILY, YOUNG AUDIENCE]: Festival, Adult and Family, 10-years and up.
PRESENTATION [skills used to present show]: Theatre skills, modern, classical Chinese and contemporary forms of dance, striking costumes, detailed and authentic masks, vocal and physical skills all combine to create a world within Chinese screens and platform-tables which become mountains, fields, boats and the sky itself
TARGET AUDIENCE [i.e.: Seniors, multi-cultural groups, etc.]: Festival, Adult and Family, 6-years and up. Visual artists have often found this an inspiring and imaginative take-off for their own creativity.
CAST [see Bios]: Robert Greenwood (actor) and [Mr.] Dana Luebke (dancer-actor)
LANGUAGE(S) IN WHICH SHOW IS PERFORMED: English
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WHERE SHOW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED OR WORLD PREMIERE, ETC.: This show was commissioned by KALEIDOSCOPE 6, A Celebration of Literature for Children and Young Adults, sponsored by The Learning Resources Council of Alberta Teachers’ Association in 1996, and was first performed at the Calgary Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta
REFERENCES FOR SHOW:
Bonnae Anderson, Program Chair, KALEIDOSCOPE 6, Calgary, Alberta
Kathryn Cole, Editor, THE DRAGON’S PEARL
Julie Lawson, Author, THE DRAGON’S PEARL
David and Sheena Bean, DeWinton, Alberta
WORDS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE SHOW:
beautiful, transforming, completely believable, quality, professional, striking, high-energy, remarkable, skilled, lyric, comic, memorable
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