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Huayi - Cooking A Dream 黄粱一梦


Wed Feb 20 2013, 8:00pm
Thu Feb 21 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio , 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Mandarin with English surtitles

Cooking A Dream
Directed by Huang Ying (China)

It takes a minute to recite a fair Tang poem
an hour to cook a pot of tasty millet
a century to experience a vacillating life
and a millennium to fathom a Chinese philosophy

Lu, a young scholar eager for fame and fortune, meets a Taoist priest in an inn while taking shelter from a sudden downpour. While waiting for the storm to pass, the innkeeper brews a pot of millet and Lu falls asleep on the priest’s magical pillow, descending into a dream. He experiences the peaks and valleys of a full life where he passes the imperial examination, is blessed with wealth and fortune, and where he spends his final days in poverty and loneliness. He awakes in despair—the innkeeper’s millet still simmering on the stove—realising it was all an empty dream.

Inspired by the legendary Tang Dynasty novel A Story of a Dream 《枕中记》, Cooking A Dream expresses the popular Chinese proverb that says that glory, honour and wealth are nothing but shadows. A mesmerising fusion of traditional Chinese Opera elements and contemporary theatre, the production directed by Huang Ying premiered at the French Festival d'Avignon OFF in 2011 with 24 performances and was also well received by audiences in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.