Baopuzi is an Ancient Chinese Alchemical text, separated in two parts – Inner (dealing with immortality and alchemy; consisting of 20 chapters or “scrolls”) and Outer (dealing with politics and society, consisting of 52 chapters or “scrolls”).
Initiated by the artist in residence playwright Yasen Vasilev we are setting up a study group to read and discuss the text on the following dates
Borgestriptych premiered as half-live performance, half-video installation on Halloween night 2014. The piece is devised so that the six scenes of the play fit the six floors of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, starting from lobby and finishing up on the rooftop. On the night of Oct31, as part of the 3-year anniversary celebration of the residency and the opening of the Faces&Traces exhibition, five scenes of the piece were screened on five different floors and the 6th scene was continuously performed live throughout the night on floor R in The Good Fortune Suite. Then on Nov 1st the full live performance had its first two full runs as a site-specific immersive theatre piece with the audience moving along with the actors from lobby to rooftop. The team involved theatre professional from Bulgaria, China, USA, UK, Ghana, Afghanistan, France and Germany. It will be on in Shanghai again in 2015.