This July, “Painted Skin Returns” will make its debut in London. The story is based on a traditional Chinese horror story from the ancient Chinese literature classic titled “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio”. It employs the form of drama and integrates various ethnic and cultural elements such as shadow play, masks, modern dances, operas, Chinese classical dances, Butoh, and mime. It presents a core Chinese philosophy and worldviews of Buddhism, allowing the traditional culture to “resurrect” on contemporary drama stages.
The Painted Skin Returns depicts a fight between evil and morality, love and desire, mirage and death. A ghost wears an outwardly human face mask and it falls in love with a scholar. The purpose of this mime is to explore desires, emotions and lusts through the post-modernist experimental performance, the brand-new form of presentation of the play is expected to bring impressive visual experiences to audiences.