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"The Mirror"
by Théâtre des Asphodèles

when Chinese Opera meets commedia dell'arte

06/06 (Fri) - 07/06/2014 (Sat) | 20:00
Tickets: $280, $180
Performed in French & Mandarin
with English & Chinese subtitles

Lighting & Video
Renaud DUPRÉ

Stéphane LAM

Motivated by the desire to connect cultures, genres, people and times, the company Théâtre des Asphodèles continues to further its theatrical process in a meeting of the artistic and the human between Commedia dell’Arte and Chinese opera, French slam and Shaanxi chants, performance & video.
About "The Mirror" 

We are in France, 1638. A young countess representing French nobility awaits a visit by a Chinese princess. She wants this meeting to represent her country and strengthen the ties of friendship and trust between the two countries that have been broken by their fathers’ past mistakes. Four actor-acrobat-singers, two Chinese and two French, bring us into an original story with successive scenes that reflect the differences that bring us closer. A speaking mirror (a video screen) plunges us into the heart of the plot and reveals reflections of our true nature. Through interactive imagery and slam, The Mirror inverts the order of time, combining Italian and Chinese traditions and culture to create a new modern form. Does the Monkey King lay dormant within Arlequin?

About Théâtre des Asphodèles 

Artistic director Thierry Auzer studied drama and musical direction before working on Commedia dell'Arte with Carlo Boso, Alberto Nason and Dimma Vezzani. He founded Théâtre des Asphodèles in 1992 with the desire to combine his favourite genre of theatre with other disciplines: Chinese Opera and its tradition of using masks and suits or hip-hop culture as an urban, popular art form. In 1999, Théâtre des Asphodèles opened its own space in Lyon in order to be a place of creation, a work space for the other companies, and a drama school.

Ticketing Information

Tickets available at all URBTIX outlets

Half-price tickets
Half-price tickets available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities & the Minder, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and Alliance Francaise de Hong Kong Membership Cardholder.

Group tickets
10% discount for every purchase of 4 – 9 standard tickets;
15% discount for 10 – 19 standard tickets;
20% discount for 20 or more standard tickets.

Multiple buying (Applicable to selected programmes. Please click here for details.)
10% discount on full-price tickets for each purchase of 3 different performing arts programmes;
15% discount on full-price tickets for each purchase of 4 to 6 different performing arts programmes;
20% discount on full-price tickets for each purchase of 7 different performing arts programmes or more.

Education & Outreach Programme

04/06/2014 (Wed)
Fee: Free
Registration: By invitation only
Student Matinee and Post-Performance Sharing
06/06/2014 (Fri) | 14:45
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Language: French, English and Chinese
No. of participants: 300
Target participants: Reserved for educational and charitable institutions with a pedagogical purpose.
Fee: Free
Registration: Registration prior to the event by email: education@frenchmay.com

After the performance, the director Luca Franceschi and the French and Chinese actors would be delighted to share with you their theatrical adventure in conceiving this play.

For any inquiries, please contact Mr. Louis Cheung, Press & Communication Officer (Dept. of Culture, Education & Science, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau) at education@frenchmay.com.

Want to join other education and outreach activities of Le French May 2014? Have a look at the page of Education & Outreach Programme: www.frenchmay.com/education.

Education Programme Involved
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