Tian Qinxin, a director who has drawn attention in China’s theater world, imagines half the lifetime of Tian Han – who, charmed by the shingeki theater he encountered while studying abroad in Japan, devoted his passion to the arts―in a contemporary performance!
Setagaya Public Theatre has invited and brought many of the world’s top artists’ stage performances to the theatre since its opening. And in October 2018, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China, and in cooperation with China’s leading performing arts university, Shanghai Theatre Academy, we will present The Man Who Created the Wind – the Life of Tian Han (originally titled “Kuang Biao”(Turmoil), produced by the National Theatre of China and premiered in 2001 at Peking University Centennial Hall), a dramatic depiction of half the lifetime of Tian Han, who had studied abroad in Japan, and later left behind many lyrics (including those of the Chinese national anthem), films, plays, and a great deal of achievements to Chinese culture.
Written and directed by Tian Qinxin, a member of the National Theatre of China, China’s oldest theater and one rich in repertoire, and who is known as a national treasure in the Chinese theater world for her works as a director of huaju (drama based on dialogue and natural body movement), this play, which can be said to have earned the director her reputation, was revived for the first time in 16 years in China in 2017, marking the 110th anniversary of Chinese huaju. A lot of retooling went into the restaging, and its contemporary usage of images from eight digital high-definition cameras not only brings the performance fresh visuals, but surpasses time and space to give the audience the impression of taking a trip through Tian Han’s history, much like a documentary – clearly depicting the passion he had for his art in introducing new forms of theater and culture to China – and earning this play its reputation.
Also, in addition to Jin Shijia (graduate of Shanghai Theatre Academy and star of a number of Chinese films and television dramas) playing the part of Tian Han, young students from Shanghai Theatre Academy, who will support tomorrow’s theater industry in China, will also perform.
< About Tian Han >
Born in 1898, in China’s Hunan province and died at age 70 in 1968, Tian Han is a playwright and poet. He started to study at the English Literature Department of Tokyo Higher Normal School (now the University of Tsukuba) in 1916 and returned to China in 1922. He launched Nanguo Fortnightly magazine with his wife Yi Shuyu, and published his plays (dramatic literature) on it. After that, he continued to release plays, and became one of the leading playwrights of huaju. He wrote the lyrics for “The March of the Volunteers” as the main theme of the 1935 film Children of Troubled Times, but in the Cultural Revolution which began in 1966, he was criticized and imprisoned along with many intellectuals and people of culture, and while in jail in December 1968, his life came to a close. In Beijing in 1979, a grand memorial event to restore Tian Han’s honor was held. He is known as one of the three major founders of Chinese huaju.
Cast & Creative
Written and directed by Tian Qinxin
Cast: Jin Shijia and others
The Thirteenth National Committee of the Chinese people’s Political Consultative Conference; specialist granted national funding support by the State Council; Director of the National Theatre of China. Deputy director of the Institute of Film, Television and Theatre, Peking University; professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy; graduate of the Central Academy of Drama.
Her representative works include the modern dramas The Field of Life and Death, Turmoil, The Orphan of Zhao, Red Rose and White Rose, The Yellow Storm, Green Snake, Beijing Fayuan Temple, Listening to Hongyi; musicals Song of Light and Shadow (2010), A Moment of Remembrance; opera The Long March; Kun Opera 1699•The Peach Blossom Fan; TV series The Bridge, among others.
Her published works include the play collection: Tian Qinxin Dramatic Works Collection (Modern Drama) (DVD); books: I put on a show because I am sad, Tian Qinxin’s Drama House, Tian Qinxin’s Drama Play, and Tian Qinxin’s Rehearsal Hall – The Yellow Storm.
◎＝Post-performance talk will be held.
* Only guests with tickets for the performance may participate.
* Performed in Chinese with Japanese subtitles (Subtitles will be displayed vertically on the wall near the stage on both sides.)
A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.
|Charge:||¥2,000 per child|
|Eligibility:||Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age|
|Applications:||Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
|Subcontractor:||Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha|
Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.
|Charge:||10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)|
|Applications:||Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre|
Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.