Esplanade Presents | Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 华艺节 2018

Theatre

Why We Chat?

Edward Lam Dance Theatre (Hong Kong, Taiwan)
1 – 4 Mar 2018 Thu – Sun
Thu – Sat: 7.30pm
Sun: 2.30pm
3hrs (including a 20min intermission)
Esplanade Theatre
Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles

Advisory: This performance contains some coarse language and mature content. Recommended for audiences aged 16 years and above. No admission for ages 12 and below.
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A theatrical presentation on modern relationships and ghost stories, inspired by the classical Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio).

A wise man once said, “True love is like ghosts—you hear of them a lot, but few are those who actually come across one”.

In a room of an established hotel, a businessman is gripped with boredom. His room telephone rings and he answers. It is a woman claiming to be a fellow hotel guest, calling a random room out of boredom. The two lonely souls make a bet with each other: whomever is able to tell a story that piques the other’s interest, wins the reward of seeing the other. So begins a cat-and-mouse game of storytelling as they wander all over the hotel through their stories, chasing demons, ghosts and each other. As story after story unfolds, the line between reality and fiction blurs.

Ten years ago, award-winning director and actress Sylvia Chang first met popular actor David Wang in the play Design for Living. In Why We Chat?, they meet again. But this time, what are they? Restless humans? Relentless ghosts? Shape-shifting fox spirits?

Directed by award-winning director Edward Lam and written by the highly sought-after playwright-actress Wong Wing Sze, Why We Chat? lets us gaze deep into ourselves, and into each other.

“These days, we have so many ways of communicating with each other, but have people become afraid of engaging in real conversations? We float through the day, and come alive only at night. We take what we want from each other, but we resist giving ourselves to others. We constantly battle our emotional needs with the physical realities of everyday life. Are we becoming less human and more like ghosts? What if the fox spirit truly exists, a being who can see our innermost wants and desires and is able to hold all these up to the light?”
Edward Lam

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