International playwright is a loyal fan of Chinese director
"Angel's Bone" composer Du Yun (right) and librettist Royce Vavrek (left) attend a press briefing in Beijingon Thursday, October 17, 2019.[Photo provided to China Plus]
"Angel's Bone" is a new work of opera that is coming to the stage in Beijing.
It is an allegory of human trafficking in the modern day.
Royce Vavrek is the librettist of the opera, which was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
At a promotional event ahead of the opening of the opera in Beijing, Vavrek said he's a loyal fan of the veteran Chinese film director Wong Kar-wai."He's one of my absolutely favorite filmmakers. There are so pregnant with empathy, and with just this open-heartedness. And I think that's what I strive to do with my arts, in every piece that I do is to create well-rounded, beautiful, singular characters that make a case of themselves on their own individual canvases."
A poster for the opera "Angel's Bone", which is due out in Beijing on October 18 and 19. [Photo provided to China Plus]
"Angel's Bone" follows the plight two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has brought them to our world. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, who decide to make a profit from the angels.
"The show really talks about the human condition, and contemporary human condition in hopefully most dynamic of ways. And I think that it deals with what would it means to the human and what it means to treat each other with respect and with dignity and to hopefully empathize and to encourage empathy in the audience."
The composer for "Angel's Bone", Du Yun is American-Chinese. The Pulitzer panel says she created a bold piece of work "that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world".