English version of 'The Orphan of Zhao' starts Asia tour

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A file photo of traditional Chinese play, "The Orphan of Zhao." [Photo/VCG]

An English production of the traditional Chinese play, "The Orphan of Zhao," was staged in Beijing on Sunday, starting its Asian tour.

The production, directed by New York-based Chinese artist Chen Shi-Zheng, made its debut at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York in 2003.

"The Orphan of Zhao," from China's Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), tells a tragic story of an orphan surnamed Zhao, who was saved from a massacre of his family, taking his revenge 20 years later.

"This is a story of sacrifice and revenge, involving both cruelty and beauty of humanity," Chen said. "For me, the production should be more than retelling the story. I want it to have a unique perspective of the artists."

"We combined Western performing styles with the spirit of traditional Chinese plays to bring the two cultures together," Chen said.

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