Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

Shakespeare’s tale of ruthless ambition is reinvigorated through an exciting adaptation utilizing kung fu and acrobatics in addition to traditional Chinese stagecraft, masks and music to create a world where madness aches for power.

“It scores for its intense confrontations and for a fascinating, mercurial villainy that needs no translation” THE ARTS DESK (UK)

This production of Shakespeare's wicked horror-show of power and paranoia, was an audience favorite and critical hit during London’s Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival and Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Performed in Putonghua, or Mandarin, with English supertitles of the scene synopsis, the play's fundamental themes of desire, power, ambition and jealousy, are potent reminders of humanity’s ongoing struggles. National Theatre of China’s US premiere of Richard III reveals the new face of 21st century Chinese theatre.

Richard, the deformed Duke of Gloucester, lies, murders and cheats his way to the throne of England as he systematically slaughters his enemies, allies and family. As the Wars of the Roses rage on around him, his mind and his power start to disintegrate, until his final deadly encounter with the Duke of Richmond at the Battle of Bosworth.

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The PASSPORT TO CHINA offers the best deal on NYU Skirball's Visions + Voices: China series! The $150 Passport Package includes an orchestra seat to each of the five separate performances, a ticket to the film screening of The Piano in a Factory, and a $50 contribution to support NYU Skirball's commitment to presenting cutting-edge international performances. (A value of more than $280)

Related Events:
PANEL DISCUSSION
Shakespeare Around the World
March 4, 3-6pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

Shakespeare experts and scholars to discuss Shakespeare’s universality and omnipresence in contemporary culture as well as the Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, Richard III.

Panelists:
Cecilia Rubino, Assistant Professor of Theater, The New School (moderator)
Tom Bird, Executive Producer, Shakespeare’s Globe
Jenna Dioguardi, BFA Drama Candidate, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
James Shapiro, Professor of English, Columbia University/ Shakespeare Scholar in Residence, Public Theater
Katherine Schaap Williams, Assistant Professor of Literature, NYU Abu Dhabi

CONVERSATION
March 27, Post-8PM performance
Wang Xiaoying, Director & Vice President of The National Theatre of China
Luo Dajun, Script Editor & Assistant to Director of The National Theatre of China

PANEL DISCUSSION
March 28, 5:30-7
FREE to Public, Limited Space. REGISTER HERE

Featuring Panelists: Farah Bala, Ruy Iskander, Ching Valdes-Aran, Danielle Ma, Vandit Bhatt, Tisa Chang, and Ariel Estrada.

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and the Asian American Arts Alliance have joined forces to bring together a program bridging the Alliance’s Artists in Conversation and Skirball’s Visions + Voices: China. Asian and Asian American actors share perspectives on playing characters from Shakespeare’s works, elements of cultural exchange within playing Shakespeare, as well as the importance of diverse representation in the classical theatre.

Drawing inspiration from the National Theatre of China’s Richard III and examples from previous Shakespeare productions performed by NYC-based Asian American theatre companies, artists reflect on how identity may or may not have shaped some of these performances and hopes for casting for Shakespeare productions moving forward.

The live-taping itself will be approximately 1.5 hours, including a Q&A with audience members. The footage will later be edited to a short video which will be available for a national audience from both NYU Skirball and Alliance online platforms.

Q&A
March 28, post-performance
Wang Xiaoying, Director & Vice President of The National Theatre of China
Zhang Dongyu and Zhang Xin, company’s leading actors

Q&A
March 30, post-performance
Wang Xiaoying, Director & Vice President of The National Theatre of China
Zhang Dongyu and Zhang Xin, company’s leading actors

 

LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FOR NYU SKIRBALL CENTER'S VISIONS + VOICES GLOBAL PERFORMANCE SERIES PROVIDED BY PEPSI.

WITH MAJOR SUPPORT FROM THE CHINA INTERNATIONAL CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN NEW YORK IN CELEBRATION OF THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE US.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE FRIBOURG FAMILY, NYU'S OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS AND THE CHINESE STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK 

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. ART WORKS.


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