According to the New York Times,
I’ve we’ve been helping set a Stage for Kindness in Chinese Society it seems
At the Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing last week, Circus Master was torturing Little Flower because she would not speak and was ruining the show.
She ordered Clown and Strong Man — other members of her troupe in a play titled ‘‘Five Fools’’ (the fifth was Musician) — to tie Little Flower to a giant wheel and shoot fake chickens at her from a cannon.
The plastic chickens flew, but Little Flower remained silent. So, urged on by her troupe, Circus Master tried something different — kindness. She said, ‘‘Please!’’ And Little Flower talked, as scores of children whooped, clapped and laughed with joy.
The message of the play, as the young audience instinctively understood, was that kindness may work where force does not.
Ultimately, it was a lesson in the power of civility.
This is a project for the Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing who bought a children’s play from LATT theatre, a Korean company for whom I designed the major part of the set for Five Fools. There was a ‘sell on’ clause in the contract, so I’ve done a re-work of the design. Thanks to a good friend, wonderful performer and theatre practitioner, Park Younghee. Now trying here hand at directing, where I’m sure she’ll excel
Younghee collaborated with us on Caterpillars Can Fly at the Hwaseong Fortress Theatre Festival Aug2009 in Suwon South Korea
I’m so used to working direct with materials, drawing these things has been a lengthy and time consuming project. Could have built it in a week. Drawing has taken almost a month!
Initial drawing from memory (me memory’s faded somewhat)
Lotus Flower – Beijing
Fabric – Beijing – Manufacturing method
Lotus Flower – Beijing – Design and manufacturing method part 1 – upgrade on the one from memory
Lotus Flower – Beijing – Design and manufacturing method part 2
Design for the Pulley System for a small circus tent that changes into a great gaping gob
Thanks to Gypsy Zac and Philip Cleary for camera work