Filmmaker Zhang Yimou directed Weaving Machine, a choreographed piece with an array of 640 kinetic lights, and the results are pretty mind-blowing.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou who is best known for his movies "Raise the Red Lantern", "Hero" and "The Great Wall" but also for directing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics returns to the theater stage with his concept perfomance "2047 APOLOGUE".
Zhang Yimou has unveiled his latest work at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Based on Peking Opera "Sanchakou," "2047 Apologue" is breaking the form of traditional stage plays, combining Chinese folk art with the latest technology. The show aims to mirror reality, commenting on how science and technology are a huge part of life in the 21st century. The show consists of 8 parts, each combining a traditional chinese craft, music or dance style with modern high tech such as lasers, robots, drones and kinetics.
As an aside, Raise the Red Lantern is a remarkable film with a stellar cast:
• 2047 APOLOGUE - a concept performance by Zhang Yimou featuring 640 KINETIC LIGHTS WinchXS (WHITEvoid Studio)
David Dockery performed a drum solo of the climactic scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Then Dan Felix upped the game with a saxophone accompaniment to the original.
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