Taiwan artistic director’s “Lao Can Impression” plays at Southbank Centre

Taiwan artistic director’s “Lao Can Impression” plays at Southbank Centre

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Following its sell-out run at the National Theatre of Taiwan, the production “Lao Can Impression” by Taiwanese artistic director An-Ting Chang at Chinese Art Now played at London’s Southbank Centre on 30 January. The show featured Concert Theatre actors Hua-Chien Hsu and Chih-I Chang, pianist Li-Chi Chiang, flautist Yun-Ju Chen and cellist Jen-Hsin Kung. “Lao Can Impression” reimagines Chinese writer Liu Er’s The Travels of Lao Can in a contemporary setting accompanied by Debussy’s music, highlighting Liu’s attitude towards Westernisation and Debussy’s imagination of the East. The Financial Times lauded the performance as “more than a play with incidental music, or music with a dollop of drama: Concert Theatre aims to be a perfect amalgam of both art forms.”