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See literary classics in a fresh new light at this year's Huayi - Chinese Festival Of Arts

Published on Feb 4, 2013 4:38 PM

This year's Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts at the Esplanade bears an unmistakably literary air as well as a penchant for tragic love stories.

Five of its blockbuster theatre and dance works were adapted from iconic literary and romantic classics from both the Eastern and Western canons.

Hong Kong's Edward Lam Dance Theatre is putting a fresh spin on Cao Xueqin's 18th-century classic Dream Of The Red Chamber, featuring an all-female cast, while China's Li Liuyi Theatre Studio presents a stripped-down adaptation of ancient Greek playwright Sophocles' tragic Antigone from the 5th century BC.

Cao Yu's complex romantic drama Thunderstorm (1934) gets a dance and physical theatre reworking by Hong Kong's Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio and Chinese choreographer Xing Liang.

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