Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Director Tsai Ming-liang’s new stage play, about a Buddhist monk from China, is to be performed in Europe, with the aim of inspiring audiences to “rethink life.”
“The Monk from the Tang Dynasty” features actor Lee Kang-sheng, Tsai’s long-term collaborator, as the renowned Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who traveled from China to India in the 7th century.
In the play, Lee either lies down or walks at an extremely slow pace on a large white paper on the stage, while painter Kao Jun-honn produces charcoal drawings on the paper.
With no dialogue or storyline, the production is Tsai’s attempt to capture the spirit of Xuanzang, who embarked on his ambitious pilgrimage to India, crossing the Gobi Desert on his way, to bring Buddhist teachings back to China.
The “slowness” of Xuanzang is what is lacking in today’s world, the Taiwan-based Malaysian film director said Tuesday. Continue reading