Chinese music theater overload staged in US

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Added On January 13, 2018

A Chinese music theatre company has brought the story of ancient hero Xiang Yu to the New York stage.
 
Xiang was a prominent warlord in the late Qin dynasty. The company uses music and dance to look at the man behind the legend.
 
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Inspired by two traditional Chinese Pipa masterpieces, "Overload" tells the life story of Chinese warlord Xiang Yu and uses music to explore his inner world at different moments of his life.
 
Unlike other film and traditional Chinese opera adaptations, "Overlord" avoids focusing on retelling the whole life story of Xiang Yu. 
 
Instead, it attempts to find the humanity inside this complex figure, who engaged Liu Bang, the founding emperor of the Han dynasty in a long struggle for power.
 
It was created by Pipa player Yu Bing.
   
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)YU BING,Pipa player
"By exploring what Xiang Yu was thinking and feeling in the important moments of his life through music, what we really want to present are the emotions everybody goes through in daily life, such as happiness, anger, sadness, and panic."
 
Yu is joined by an ensemble of some of the most talented young musicians in China, who play a mixture of both Chinese and western instruments.
 
When arranging the piece, Yu said his team deliberately added contemporary vocabulary to the traditional Chinese music. 
 
Despite its Chinese background, Yu is hopeful international audiences will still react to this story; saying that music knows no borders and emotions are universal.