Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Music, Theatre

  • LANGUAGE /

    Performed in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. Please note an understanding of Mandarin is not required to enjoy this performance.

  • PLAYING /

    3 Mar 2018

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    90 minutes

  • WARNINGS /

    Haze

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 8+

Hosted Events

Pining Strings,
Lingering Harmony
寻琴记

3 Mar 2018

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Music, Theatre

  • LANGUAGE /

    Performed in Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles. Please note an understanding of Mandarin is not required to enjoy this performance.

  • PLAYING /

    3 Mar 2018

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    90 minutes

  • WARNINGS /

    Haze

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 8+

On a rainy autumn night in Suzhou, China, lightning fires the sky and thunder shakes the earth. Master Pei Jinbao, China’s renowned guqin performer and antique instrument repairer, is suddenly wide awake. He dashes into the living room and shuts the window to drown out the noise, but then he hears a mysterious melody somewhere behind him. It sounds familiar, something from a dream. He turns back and sees a young couple dressed in the fashion of the 15th century, sitting face to face, each playing the guqin. Astonished, Pei takes a step forward but the apparition vanishes.

Although the musicians are an apparition, the two instruments, identical in shape, are real. They have found their way to Master Pei via two different owners. Peering inside them with a torch, he has found hidden characters that reveal their identity—they are twins, separated at birth, reunited after 447 years.

Who were the owners of the twin guqin? How much suffering have the twins endured and witnessed over the past four centuries of their painful separation, longing for reunion?

Pining Strings, Lingering Harmony, written by Patrick Wang and Nalan Linda Zhao, based on Master Pei’s real life story, will come to The Coopers Malthouse during the Chinese Lantern Festival (also known as The Festival of Reunion) unveiling for its audiences the secret of these beguiling and beautiful ancient instruments, hidden in the mists of four long centuries.

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY / Patrick Wang, Nalan Linda Zhao
LEADING ARTIST/ Jinbao Pei
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/ Nalan Linda Zhao, Sam Feng, Qinzi Pei, Patrick Wang
COMPOSITION / Jinbao Pei, Qinzi Pei, Jianrong Chen
CAST/ Jinbao Pei, Qinzi Pei, Nalan Linda Zhao, Ming Zhang, Qing Lu
GUEST PERFORMERS / Yelian He, Min Xu, Louisa Shi, Faye Liu
SCENIC DESIGN/ Tony Huang
PROJECT COORDINATOR/ Louisa Shi

STAGE MANAGER/ Zhi Wang
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/ Yaoli Wang
STYLING/ Danhong Ling
SOUNDING ENGINEER/ Phillip Zhang
ENGLISH TITLE, SYNOPSIS / Trevor Hay
SUBTITLES/ Trevor Hay, Nalan Linda Zhao, Evan Hubbard, Zhi Wang
ADVISORY GROUP/ Echo Zixuan Cai, Guosheng Chen, Hong Fu, Marty Mei, Jill Morgan, Junxi Su, Yatong Wang, Jun Ye, Jianhua Zhou