Songs From the Yellow Earth was a collaboration between Chinese Theatre Works and world-famous theater artist Peter Schumann, founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater. In this graphic exploration of the themes of light, darkness, and political struggle, Mr. Schumann used his brilliant visual artistry is inspired by the poetic works from the “Book of Songs.” (the oldest anthology of poetry in the Chinese language,) and from the historical legends surrounding Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China. Created under Mr. Schumann’s direction by members of both companies over a 5 year period, Songs from the Yellow Earth debuted in 2006, and won awards at both the 2008 Yunling International Puppet Festival in Taiwan and the 2012 UNIMA- International Puppetry Festival in Chengdu, China.
Songs From the Yellow Earth (Premiere 2006)
Conceived by: Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin
Director: Peter Schumann
Music: Gang Tian
Performers: Peter Schumann, Huixin Bai, Jing Shan, Ying Zhang, Lili Yang, Fanying Meng, Jixia Chen, Gregory Corbino, & performers from Chengdu Beijing Opera Comany