Chris Salter

art / design / research / writing

Collaboration with Jin Xing Dance Company, Shanghai, China / Media Scenography

Made in China: Return of the Soul is a 90 minute dance-theater adaptation and revisioning of Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion, one of the most famous plays in all of classical Chinese literature and drama. It tells the haunting story of Du Liniang, the 16 year old daughter of a prominent official, who falls in love in a dream with a young scholar named Liu Mengmai.

Jin Xing’s production of the play re-imagines it between the ancient Ming Dynasty era of 16th Century China and the modern chaos of contemporary 21st Century China. The media design comprises large scale projection that amplifies the different historical and contemporary sites in the play: the dreamworld of the garden in contrast to the urban hell and mayhem of contemporary China.


Beijing International Dance Festival, May 2008

Shanghai International Dance Festival, September 2007


Computers, 3, 6000 ANSI Lumen DLP projectors, Matrox Triple Head splitter


Concept/Choreography: Jin Xing
Dancers: Jin Xing Dance Company
Music: Lutz Glandien
Media Scenography/Design: Chris Salter
Programming/Video Assistance: Brett Bergmann