WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Cao Yu's early 20th-century drama Thunderstorm, regarded as a masterpiece of Chinese theater, is dismantled and reassembled in this new interpretation helmed by internationally acclaimed director Wang Chong. Using real-time video editing and sound mixing from action occurring onstage, a hypnotic, near-silent movie unfolds to tell the explicit story of two female characters discovering that they have been cheated on by the same womanizing playboy.
Updating the story to a Beijing official's home in the 1990s, Wang and his company of Beijing performers reinvent the classic play to reflect the complexities of contemporary capitalist-communist society, the ubiquity of technology, and the sex-obsessed global landscape. Chong incorporates a live performance of pingtan, a centuries-old form of traditional Chinese musical storytelling, to create the dialogue and onstage "soundtrack."