Esplanade Presents

Music | Theatre

The Drought Goddess · Dream of the World

La Cie MaxMind (Taiwan)

4 Feb 2023, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

5 Feb 2023, Sun, 3pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Exhausting her divine power in battle and unable to return to the heavens, the Drought Goddess wanders the world in search of a place to call home.


Although the world seemed vast and wide, there was nowhere that could accommodate the Drought Goddess as drought followed her wherever she went. And as she journeyed, her encounters with elves, humans and deities along the way helped her understand why she never could remain still when she ended up on an island at the edge of the world. 


Inspired by the ancient Chinese myth of Hanba, the goddess of drought, La Cie MaxMind presents a contemporary theatrical take on the creation of the world told through Nanguan music, dance, puppetry and an invented mythological language. A reflection and rumination of contemporary life, The Drought Goddess · Dream of the World is an original mythological story developed from the Chinese classic text Classic of Mountains and Seas. It looks through the lens of ancient mythology to examine modern conflicts between humans and the environment, and individuals and their communities.


Written and directed by Lee Yi-Hsiu, The Drought Goddess · Dream of the World features live music composed by Hsu Shu-Hui that showcases its critically acclaimed fusion of Nanguan and Beiguan music, and a physical performance guided by contemporary Taiwan dance choreographer Eddie Lin.


Creative Team

Playwright & Director: Lee Yi-Hsiu

Composer: Hsu Shu-Hui

Producer & Surtitlist: Tsai Ching-Fang

Cast: Shih Pi-Yu, Hsiao Chen-Chieh, Wang Shih-Chun

Musicians: Hsu Shu-Hui, Liao Han-Yu

Stage Manager & Technical Director: Huang Shih-Ping

Lighting Designer & Master Electrician: Hsu Yu-Ling

Rehearsal Assistant & Sound Effects: Tseng Pei-Tzu

Movement Coach: Eddie Lin

Sound Board Operator: Hsu Yu-You


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Performed in specially invented Mythological Language
Surtitle Language: English, Mandarin
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Artist Information

La Cie MaxMind


Artistic Director Lee Yi-Hsiu and Nanguan/Beiguan composer Hsu Shu-Hui are the central creative forces of La Cie MaxMind. It is the company’s mission to inject diverse sources of creative energy into traditional Nanguan and Beiguan music with material garnered from the rich multicultural grounds of Taiwan; and through this process, to establish an affecting new paradigm of theatrical form. The company’s work is often inspired by Taiwanese culture; the team is convinced that only when rooted in explorations of and reflections upon Taiwanese culture, can their work find its own unique way of conversing with the world. With local culture and global perspective, and a merging of traditional and contemporary artistic forms and elements, works by La Cie MaxMind have seen critical and popular success on both regional and international stages.

Date & Time

4 Feb 2023, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

5 Feb 2023, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Price $45 $36

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