LI Ao Author
With another name of Aozhi, LI Ao is a thinker, writer, master of liberalism, sinologist, Chinese modern historian, current affairs critic, historian and poet. Characterized by incisive writing style and ironic criticism, he writes freely so that he praises himself as “No.1 master of Chinese vernacular writings”.
“I awaken the world with cynicism. I save the world with scolding”. He authors more than 100 books, such as Martyrs’ Shrine: The Story of the Reform Movement of 1898 in China, American Impotence, LI Ao Talk Show, etc. The Complete Works of LI Ao brings together a bulk of his works, with 80 volumes and 30 million Chinese characters in total. In September 2005, he gave a series of speeches at the prestigious Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, which were entitled “Vajra with Fierce Visage, Bodhisattva with Kind Look and Nun with Desire for Worldly Pleasures”.
TIAN Qinxin Playwright/Director
As Director of National Theater of China, deputy director of Institute of Film, TV and Theatre in Peking University, artistic director of Hangzhou Culture Radio and TV Group and China's first-level director, TIAN Qinxin enjoys the special allowances of the State Council.
In China’s stage play, she has always insisted on the cultural quality and humanistic feelings. The new explorations of Chinese traditional themes and the world’s masterworks and the captures of the sensitive topics in the modern and contemporary age are contained in her works. She combines the contemporary artistic concepts with the oriental aesthetics when presenting the stage and she emphasizes on the performances integrated with physical expressions and poetic language, complex space-time structure and strong visual impact. She has established her own school and they also have aprofound influence on the international theatre field.
Before and after World Theater Day on March 27th, 2014, the dramas of Green Snake and Unique Beauty directed and written by her were performed in the U.S. at the same time. Green Snake, jointly commissioned by the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival and the 15th Shanghai International Arts Festival and jointly produced by National Theatre of China and National Theatre of Scotland, attended World Stage: 2014 International Theatre Festival as the only representative repertoire of China at the invitation of John F. Kennedy Arts Center. Green Snake was one of the most sensational works in the performing market of Greater China Region in 2013, and it was also invited to appear in 2014 Edinburgh Arts Festival and was rated as the first of “mystery plays”. The drama Unique Beauty directed by TIAN Qinxin was on tour in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. She was also invited to rehearse three dramas in South Korea.
Her representative works include drama, such as The Field of Life and Death, Wild Whirlwind, Chinese Orphan, Red Rose and White Rose, Matters in Ming Dynasty, The Yellow Storm, Green Snake, Beijing Fayuan Temple, Kunqu opera including 1699 · The Peach Blossom Fan, and musical The Song of the Film (2010).
She has won plenty of honours and awards. She has won gold award of performance in China Arts Festival, National Stage Art Excellent Project Award, Annual Drama and Annual Best Director Awards of Yi Theatre Awards, Wenhua Award of Ministry of Culture, Director Award, Screenwriting Award, Golden Lion Director Award, Screenwriting Award of CAO Yu Literary Award, Excellent Drama Art Worker of Ministry of Culture at 100 Anniversary of Chinese Drama, Hall of Fame Figure of One-hundred Chinese Drama and so on. The works published include theatre collection The Collected Plays of TIAN Qinxin (Drama) (DVD),as well as books including I Act in Play Because I’m Sad, TIAN Qinxin’s Drama Field, TIAN Qinxin’s Play Scripts and TianQinxin’s Rehearsals—The Yellow Storm.