Compared with other animals in nature, the existence of human beings is a defect. They are not enough strong or fast and are not enough big or small. They will not match for wild animals if put into the arena. Human beings are also descendants of thieves, so they can live to the present by stealing technologies of animals, wings of birds, fins of fish, and skin and horns of rhinoceros. But if human beings completely become rhinoceros—a simple and strong herbivore, would it be a fairy tale or a nightmare? It was written in Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” the prophecy that capitalist society will eventually lead to the end of the world, and the “Rhinoceros” in this edition wants to explore whether human beings can reconcile with nature after the epidemic. The ravage of viruses makes mankind isolated from all over the world, and only the computer screen in the bedroom is safe. The network media turned “having fun during the bitter epidemic period” into a short video for recreation. Human beings observe themselves in extreme situations like observing animals. Every building, window, and even every city has turned out to be a huge “human zoo”. The “rhinoceros disease” spreading in the park does not come from the distant outside world but from human's own mechanism for correcting errors and the immunity of rebuilding the world. Perhaps, the urban legend degenerated into “rhinoceros” provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the human beings’ evolution and development—Human beings were extremely small when facing the disaster, which our long-lost awe needs to awaken.
Playwright: Eugene lonesco Director: Sun Xiaoxing Co-directors: Li Lingwei, Liu Yuanqing, Cen Jingjing, Wang Jingyi
Stage Designers: Shi Yingzhi, Lang Yuchen, Huang Shufan, Wei Yuxiang Performers: Qiao Yuxin, Pei Yunxu, Yang Yang, Wang Wenyan, Liu Shichen, Cui Maoyu, Zhang Ziqi, Han Zezhong, Liu Yunqing, Li Haiming, Liu lejing, Gao Yitong, Wang Jingyi, Meng Chengzhen, Xing Weiye Composer: Guo Xiangyun Choreographer: Liu Lejing Video Designers: Yu borou, Liu Yuanqing, Lang Yuchen
2020 北京舞蹈學院黑匣子劇場 北京
2020, Beijing Dance Academy Black Box Theatre, Beijing.