The Pink – a paper ritual in sound and dance – is inspired by the sixteen-century China’s most forbidden and controversial novel, Jin Ping Mei (The Golden Lotus). The collaborators, composer Tan Dun and choreographer Muna Tseng, are both fascinated by the novel’s darker subtext; its sexual and class oprression of the classic women characters, their twisted passions, seduction, and repression. Rather than trying to recreate the sixteen-century Ming Dynasty novel, the production aims to present new poetic rituals of eros and diesire throught Tan Dun’s bold sound images and Muna Tseng’s meditative engagement and essential movement.
“What is very little heard in European or Western music is the presence of sound as the voice of nature. So that we are led to hear in our music human beings talking only to themselves. It is clear in the music of Tan Dun that sounds are cnetral to the nature in which we live but to which we have too long not listened. Tan Dun’s music is one we need as the East and the West come together as our one home.”