SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Tang Our Contemporary: Twenty-First Century Adaptations of Peony Pavilion

This page provides access to performance photographs and video recordings of selected scenes from three stage productions by Zuni Icosahedron 進念 • 二十面體 (Hong Kong) that incorporate passages from Peony Pavilion (Mudan ting牡丹亭, 1598) by Tang Xianzu 湯顯祖 (1550–1616).

The productions are:

  • 1587, A Year of No Significance (Wanli shiwu nian 萬曆十五年, 2006);
  • Tang Xianzus Dream on Dreams (Linchuan simeng Tang Xianzu 臨川四夢湯顯祖, 2007);
  • Sigmund Freud in Search of Chinese Matter and Mind (Fuluoyide xunzhao Zhongguo qing yu shi 佛洛伊德尋找中國情與事, 2002).

These materials complement Rossella Ferrari’s chapter, “Tang Our Contemporary: Twenty-First Century Adaptations of Peony Pavilion”, in Passion, Romance, and Qing: The World of Emotions and States of Mind in Peony Pavilion, edited by Paolo Santangelo (Università di Roma, La Sapienza) and Tian Yuan Tan (SOAS, University of London) and published by Brill in 2014.

Video Excerpts

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Photo Gallery

The images in this gallery also appear in Ferrari, Rossella (2014) 'Tang Our Contemporary: Twenty-First Century Adaptations of Peony Pavilion.' In: Santangelo, Paolo and Tan, Tian Yuan, (eds.), Passion, Romance, and Qing: The World of Emotions and States of Mind in Peony Pavilion (3 vols.). Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 1482-1522.

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Reproduced with permission

David Yeung楊永德 as Grand Secretary Zhang Juzheng張居正in the Zuni Icosahedron production 1587, A Year of No Significance (Wanli shiwu nian萬曆十五年, 2006).
Kong Aiping 孔愛萍 (left, in the role of Du Liniang杜麗娘) and Shi Xiaomei 石小梅 (right, in the role of Liu Mengmei 柳夢梅) perform the scene “The Interrupted Dream” (Jingmeng 驚夢) from Peony Pavilion before Emperor Wanli 萬曆 (centre, played by Carmen Wu 伍嘉雯) in the Zuni Icosahedron production 1587, A Year of No Significance (Wanli shiwu nian萬曆十五年, 2006).
Benson Ling 凌梓維 (left), Gu Yu顧預 (right) and Shi Xiaomei 石小梅 (centre, in the background video) as Emperor Wanli萬曆, Du Liniang 杜麗娘 and Liu Mengmei 柳夢梅in the 2012 version of the Zuni Icosahedron production 1587, A Year of No Significance (Wanli shiwu nian萬曆十五年).
Tang Xianzu湯顯祖 (right, played by Ke Jun柯軍) meets characters from his “Four Dreams of Linchuan” (Linchuan simeng臨川四夢) in the Zuni Icosahedron production Tang Xianzu’s Dream on Dreams (Linchuan simeng Tang Xianzu 臨川四夢湯顯祖, 2007).
Shi Xiaomei 石小梅in the role of Liu Mengmei 柳夢梅in the Zuni Icosahedron production Sigmund Freud in Search of Chinese Matter and Mind (Fuluoyide xunzhao Zhongguo qing yu shi佛洛伊德尋找中國情與事, 2002).
Shi Xiaomei石小梅 in the role of Liu Mengmei 柳夢梅 in the Zuni Icosahedron production Sigmund Freud in Search of Chinese Matter and Mind (Fuluoyide xunzhao Zhongguo qing yu shi佛洛伊德尋找中國情與事, 2002).