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Liao Yimei


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Liao Yimei is the resident playwright of the National Theatre of China. Along with Rhinoceros in Love, she has also written a number of successful films, including Chicken Poet (also directed by Meng Jinghui), which was accepted for numerous international film festivals and won the FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. A Tender Song won a gold medal at the Memphis Women's Film Festival in the US. Liao has also written novels Pessimist's Bouquet and Amber.

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Rhinoceros In Love

Rhinoceros In Love

Credit checks of prospective partners, a flooded stage and Mandarin rhyming slang are just some of what audiences can expect from China's most renowned play of all time, Rhinoceros in Love, which opens on 8 March. Auckland Arts Festival is delighted to be bringing the National Theatre of China and this ground-breaking masterpiece of contemporary drama to New Zealand for the first time. Revolutionary and refreshing, Liao Yimei's beautiful allegory gives voice to the maladies of young, urbanised Chinese, lost and in love. Weaving tragedy with humour, it tells the tale of rhinoceros keeper Ma Lu, a man who develops a dangerous romantic fascination with his neighbour, the unobtainable Mingming. Ma has done everything in his power to win Mingming's heart until one night, mad and stubborn as a rhino, he captures her and holds her hostage. An edgy and energetic production, dusted with dark romance, Rhinoceros in Love exposes the extremes people will go to for love. Directed by Yimei's husband, Meng Jinghui, and first performed in 1999, this dynamic work reinvented modern Chinese theatre. August 2012 marked Rhinoceros in Love's 1000th performance and it is still going strong, playing every night in Beijing to packed houses and touring to international festivals, including Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals where the show was one of the must-sees. Innovative staging combined with a soundtrack straight from the C-Pop Top 20, the 20-year-olds in this absurd world are swept up in a turbo-charged consumer culture and find the path to true love in ways far from the arranged marriages of their parents and grandparents.

Auckland Arts Festival 2013

1st Produced:
Maidment, Auckland    08 Mar 2013

National Theatre of China

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