L’orfe del Clan dels Zhao

Teatre Romea
From 03.25.2014 to 05.11.2014

On the same day that Du'an Gu, head of the empire's security, exterminates the three hundred members of the Zhao family, the princess, daughter of the emperor, gives birth to a boy who will be the last survivor of the line . With him is the hope of saving an entire family that has died unjustly. Cheng Ying, the princess' doctor, in order to restore order and uphold justice, decides to sacrifice his own son, also recently born, and run away with the orphan. From there the orphan grows up with a false identity in the same palace of Du'an Gu with two parents. When he grows up, and is trained, when he has learned all the secrets of the arts and weapons, Cheng Ying will tell him the truth and he will have no choice but to face his own destiny.

Artistic card

Ji Junxiang
Alicia Relinque / Joan Sellent
Oriol Broggi

Pablo Derqui
Borja Espinosa
Lluís Marco
Marta Marco
Julio Manrique / Òscar Muñoz
Ernest Villegas

And live music by Joan Garriga

Pep Barcons
Berta Riera
Assistant director and dramaturgy
Marc Artigau
Sound Design
Damien Bazin
Francesc Isern
Àngels Salinas
Master of Arms
Isaac Morera
Costume design
Nené Fernández, Imma Porta and Raquel Bonillo
Trainee at the Theater Institute
Anna Gironella de Mundet
Costume making support
Sara Cuadrillero
Bito Cels and Marina Raurell
Júlia Torres

A production by La Perla 29

Galeria imatges secundària (slide)
Management notes

There are many things that lead me to think that L'orfe del clan dels Zhao Family is an important, strong, and brave text to perform in our days.

On one hand, Junxiang's text opens the doors to Chinese drama, almost to its beginnings. It opens a window to a world we do not know and that the majority of our audience does not know. A new world for us, and at the same time so old that it impresses when you calculate all its greatness and age.

On the other hand, The Orphan tells a story of vengeance that leads the protagonists through a world of extremely high tragedy and epic. This also attracts me. It reminds me of Sophocles, it reminds me of Mouawad... it reminds me that humans invented tragedy to explain our own existence.

The characters come before the audience, introduce themselves, and with all solemnity tell their story. Little by little, we immerse ourselves in it, we enter their lives. It is a different way of telling a story, it has a deep flavor that evokes scenes from Shakespeare, Sophocles, Brecht, or Mouawad.

Cheng Ying, the protagonist, must take charge of the education of the last survivor of a clan, the Zhaos, who have been exterminated by the villainous Du’an Gu. Ying must sacrifice his own son for the lineage that represents all the noblest, and at the same time simplest, values. The lineage of good men and just rulers, who follow the good codes of the distant Chinese empire. And this is its great drama and this is its great virtue.

The actors will inhabit a space with four sides, with the audience surrounding them, in a new and risky arrangement of the Teatre Romea, so that the theater reaches from all points, and so that the story is close and direct. In summary, to make possible what La Perla 29 seeks, a special way of meeting actors, the audience, and stories.

Oriol Broggi



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