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Eugenio Barba: I Love Wuzhen

October 6, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

 On October 30, the 1,300-year old traditional water town of Wuzhen in East China’s Zhejiang Province will proudly play host to the Second Wuzhen Theater Festival. Famous European theatre director Eugenio Barba has been invited to act as honorary chairman of the festival. Ode To Progress and Memoria, two plays directed by Eugenio Barba himself, will be presented during the event.

During the first festival in 2013, Eugenio Barba presented Odin Teatret’s Inside the Skeleton of the Whale, and he has remained highly impressed with thefestival ever since. During the interview, he praised Wuzhen and said: “Yes, I love Wuzhen… its quietcourtyards…its water theaters……” This year, Eugenio Barba will come to this Eastern town that he loves to put ontwo classic plays from Odin Teatret.

The Wuzhen Theater Festival, jointly founded by Cultural Wuzhen Limited president Chen Xianghong, award-winning US-born Taiwan-based playwright and theater director Stan Lai, well-known opera producer Huang Lei and highly-reputed experimental drama pioneer Meng Jinghui, has been utilizing the 1,300-year old water town as a stage to present world-class classicalworksas well as original plays created by young playwrights.

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