Staging an anniversary

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Drum Tower West Theatre — one of the most popular small theaters in Beijing,
The Pillowman, directed by Zhou Ke, will be re-staged in Beijing and Shanghai in May and June. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Two stage adaptations — The Border Town, based on the eponymous 1934 novella by noted Chinese writer Shen Congwen (1902-88), and The Pillowman, adapted from the award-winning play with the same title by Irish-British playwright and director Martin McDonagh — will be staged in Beijing and Shanghai in May and June.

The performances will mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of Drum Tower West Theatre, which is one of the most popular small theaters in the capital.

Dance drama celebrates renowned architect Lin Huiyin

Scenes from Chinese dance drama,
April Day On Earth. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Students and teachers of Beijing Dance Academy captivated audiences with their original Chinese dance drama, April Day On Earth, performed on April 21 and 22. Directed by Dang Qi and Liang Qun, with choreography by Xie Changhui and Lou Hui, and music composed by Qian Qi, the production narrates the compelling story of Lin Huiyin, an esteemed 20th-century Chinese architect, poet, and writer.

The enthralling tale delves into Lin’s romantic entanglements with the renowned poet Xu Zhimo and architect Liang Sicheng, a narrative that has been adapted into various art forms, including a popular TV drama in 2000.