Wang Chong

In Performance: Thunderstorm 2.0 (Under the Radar)

Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental & Wang Chong reimagine Cau Yu’s Thunderstorm, a cornerstone of 20th-century Chinese drama. Thunderstorm 2.0 uses real-time video editing to adapt the source text into a cutting examination of gender, class, and legacy. The audience watches a fully composed film on a screen and simultaneously witnesses the film being made in front of them on stage. Performers scramble on stage in a furious dash to play characters, shoot footage, and manage every detail on set in an effort to create a stark and emotionally evocative silent film. The images are fully scored and narrated live by Pingtan Musicians Jiang Xiaobo and Xie Yan. Tradition, media, and story all collide as Thunderstorm 2.0 honors and critiques a canonical text.