Xiaoxing Sun

Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-)

Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi

A raw portrait from China of the simultaneously real and virtual worlds of the Internet, mobile phones, cosplay and live streaming

A leading figure in the Beijing fringe theater scene, and very popular with millennial-generation audiences, the playwright, director and critic Xiaoxing Sun presents his work for the first time in Japan.

Here Is the Message You Asked For… Don’t Tell Anyone Else;-) (這是你要的那條信息……不要讓別人看到;-)) is his most recent play, which starts with a mundane scene: girls sitting on beds while using their phones. The young women do whatever takes their fancy, from live streaming to cosplay. As they become increasingly immersed in a virtual world, the play gradually dissolves the line between the performers and audience.

The title comes from the email subject line used by Melissa, the computer virus that wreaked havoc around the world. This much-discussed work, whose title comes from the email subject line used by the computer virus Melissa, expresses the state of society today where the virtual is slowly encroaching on reality.

Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi Xiaoxing Sun, Here Is the Message You Asked For... Don't Tell Anyone Else ;-), 2017, Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza. Photo by Takuya Matsumi
YEAR
2017
DATES
10.20(Fri)-10.21(Sat)
VENUE
Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
DURATION
90min.
LANGUAGE
ChineseA Japanese translation will be available on LINE.
CITY
Beijing, China
CATEGORY

Xiaoxing Sun(孙晓星)

Xiaoxing Sun was born in Tianjin in 1986 and is now based in Beijing. He is a playwright, theater director, and critic. He graduated from Central Academy of Drama and teaches theater at Tianjin Conservatory of Music. He formed the theater company en? (What has happened? How does it come to this?) in 2015. Inspired by comic books and online communities for young people in China, his recent work includes Drift Home (2014), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2015), and Here Is the Message You Asked For… Don’t Tell Anyone Else ;- ) (2016). His links to contemporary theater in Japan are strong. He served as dramaturge for Absolute Airplane, which was written and directed by Makoto Sato in China, and also moderated a talk in Beijing by the online theater magazine Engeki Saikyoron.

[Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto]
Asia Corridor Performing Arts Program
Creationen? (What has happened? How does it come to this?), Chunqiu Theatre Company, Dream Can
Director and stage designerXiaoxing Sun
Co-directorsYue Ming, Gui Xi Feng
PerformersYue Ming, A Sheng, Midori, Hua Hua
BandA Re, A Can, Qi Yu
ProducerZhenzhen Wu, Yuan Zhang
LightingChunyu Miao, Shengqing Wang
Stage managerGuozhu Huang
Technical directorNannan Jia
InterpreterZhenzhen Wu
Producer assistantRui He, Zexuan Jia
Supported byAgency for Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Creativity Platform Project 2017
Technical coordinatorMasaya Natsume,Kyoka Arisawa
Stage managerMao Sakai
Stage manager assistantYoshiyuki Nakagawa
SoundKoji Shiina (KWAT)
LightingKosuke Ashidano
Video technicianHiroto Takezaki
Promotional designerKeigo Shiotani
InternKo Rinsen
LINE assistant (Kyoto University of Art and Design)Ren Kojima (Department of Fine and Applied Arts), Megu Yamashita (Department of Information Design), Aoi Yokoyama (Department of Information Design)
Production coordinatorRyo Ide (Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Presented byCulture City of East Asia 2017 - Kyoto Executive Committee, Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto City