Feb 8, 2019
Feb 9, 2019

The Dictionary of Soul

By The Physical Guerrillas
Directed by Li Ning

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Created by award-winning director and choreographer Li Ning,Dictionary of the Soul depicts people’s “souls” in a physical and powerful way. The piece consists of two main parts, the first part shows a desperate working course in an abstract factory with only stones, the second part is a ritual of the “death”and “rebirth”of the workers from the factory.

Don’t ask what soul is.
It can be felt only.
Soul can’t be defined and showed by performance
This works is not drama; drama is only a piece of cloth of soul.
No performance,
All performance is left behind
In the end the body and all clothing are got rid of
What left is

All Performances Presented in Chinese with English Subtitles!

"In the field of the Chinese experimental drama, Li Ning is a one not to be neglected."
—Chen Luanluan, Professional Drama Critic

“Director Li Ning is like a social observer paying attention to the current problems that people in the state of paralysis are farther and farther away from passion. He put the Theatre of Cruelty on the Chinese stage, trying to carry out the serous and deep dialogue with the audience."
—Su Rong, Professional Drama Critic


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Directed by Li Ning
Art Director: Meng Jinghui
Producer: Liu Wei
Creation & Performance Team: The Physical Guerrillas
Lighting Engineer: Cao Yalei
Live Music & Sound Effect: Tan tan
Composition & Sound Design: Eric Bribosia & Tan tan
Stage Performance Director: Liu Yunqing
Grip & Assistant: Li Qingfeng

Sun Ruizhao, Liu Qing, Huang Wenmin, Diao Naixing, Wang Yongcheng,
Chang Jiang, Yu Tao, Xu Jiawei, Yan Sanyuan, Li Ning

Li Ning is a theatre and film director, physical education researcher/practitioner and curator. He graduated from the Fine Arts Education Department of ShanDong Art Academy, specializing in sculpture. In 1997, he founded The Physical Guerrillas, engaged in the creation of physical theater and live performance art, and performed at home and abroad.

The Physical Guerrillas is a well-known art group globally for awarded pioneer theater performances, experimental films and cross-border public space performances at MOMA New York, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Aulac Festival Art Festival in France, Avignon Theatre Festival, Ghent Art Festival in Belgium, Lijiang COART Asian Art Festival, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, and Shenzhen Bay Fringe Festival etc.

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