Meet Asia in Scotland.
The Asia Scotland Institute selected for you a range of Asia related events happening throughout Scotland in the upcoming Fringe Festival.
“Asian Artists Gathering”
Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A teatime gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe, as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together. Hosted by Mohamad Shaifulbahri of Bhumi Collective, this is an opportunity to continue building upon the Asia @ the Fringe Network that started in 2016, learn more about the Asian shows on offer, create new collaborative opportunities and, most importantly, to make friends!
5 August 2019 – Fringe Central Venue 2
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/asian-artists-gathering
“The Blue Bird”
Follow Tytyl and Mytyl as they embark on an adventure in search of their grandparents and the Blue Bird of Happiness. A heartwarming and dynamic new Broadway-style musical based on Maeterlinck’s classic story. Performed by a talented young cast and award-winning professionals from Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, China. Celebrates the power of love and the small things in life. With evocative visuals and powerful original compositions, the production is the perfect blend of East and West.
August 3-5, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/blue-bird
“Young Dance from China– A Celebration”
A unique gala of traditional Chinese folk dances, classical dance genres as well as a taste of Chinese opera. Performed by a cast of 40 young dancers from all around China (Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang) with spectacular visual projection, this magical performance will transport audiences to the heart of the Orient. A vibrant, unique and joyous performance for all ages.
August 4, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/young-dance-from-china-a-celebration
“The Voice of Young China”
The Youth Choir of Shanghai Grand Theatre present a delightful programme of classical and popular material. East and West come together in this joyous celebration of youth and the power of music.
August 3, Venue 163, Lauriston Hall- Large Hall
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/voice-of-young-china
“Getting to know Asia”
Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Have you been curious about the funding opportunities that exist for projects in Asia to tour and present work at places like the Fringe? Have you thought about touring your work to different parts of Asia? Come meet and hear from producers from Asia @ the Fringe Network who will share some of these information, representing Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India.
8 August 2019 – Fringe Central Venue 2
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/getting-to-know-asia
An unstable space without an exit. Three female prisoners, bound by their own original sins, yearn to be redeemed. K, with her chastity and faith; S, with her childhood father’s shadow; M, with her unacknowledged love. They are both individuals and united. In this space without form, they defend themselves still eager for love, however hopelessness and fear of death surrounds them as a cloud of smoke fills the silence after lights out.
August 6-10, Venue 209
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/3-1
“Akiko Okamoto in Concert”
This International Japanese pianist gives two recitals of music mainly by Chopin, to include his second Piano Concerto with the Fyrish String Quartet. She will also play The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky arranged by Pletnev and a Beethoven Sonata, along with solo Chopin piano music.
August 5-6, Venue 111, St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St.
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/akiko-okamoto-in-concert
A kung fu contemporary circus. The philosophy of international kung fu star Bruce Lee is redefined on stage by integrating Cantonese opera with kung fu, acrobatics, parkour, tricking and dance. An incredibly energetic and entertaining performance with rich cultural overtones. Along has toured China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. A show that you cannot afford to miss this Fringe!
August 1-13, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/along
“Amazing Summer! Classical Fusion Hits”
Award-winning PipaRimba is an innovative and masterful pipa/marimba duo. With their unique playing style, characterised by a wide range of genres and with a creative vision of combining theatrical elements, dance, improvisation and their own compositions/arrangements, they were invited to perform extensively across the continents, from Europe to Asia to America, and in international art/music festivals around the world. Amazing Summer! Classical Fusion Hits will feature not only the most famous works from classical composers e.g. Mozart, Chopin, Paganini, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin etc, but also new arrangements with tango, flamenco and jazz fusion.
August 15, Venue 214, Leith Depot
August 16, Venue 290, Arthur Conan Doyle Centre- The Helen Duncan Room
August 18, Venue 163, Lauriston Halls- Large Hall
August 19, Venue 197, St Vincent’s
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/amazing-summer-classical-fusion-hits-2
“From the Top”
From the Top is a witty contemporary dance work that explores the power relations between performers and dance makers. The piece presents to the audience a fictional scenario based on the everyday life of dance artists and looks at the absurd nature of artistic integrity and what it means to make art. Action on stage is juxtaposed with voice-overs and surtitles to reveal the politics between the ever-demanding choreographer and dancers who continuously attempt to fulfil a choreographer’s artistic vision.
August 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, Venue 22, Dance Base- Studio 1
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/from-the-top
“Hoichi the Earless”
Hoichi lives in a temple and plays the lute. She is also blind and haunted by the dead. When a Samurai invites her to play for his master, the abbot of the temple grows suspicious and summons a monk to follow her. Dark secrets become unveiled. This wonderfully suspenseful re-imagining of Japanese folklore, Kwaidan, fuses traditional Chinese Nanguan live music and songs with innovative storytelling and elegant physicality. The performance is accessible to all audiences, with the adapted text complemented with English and French surtitles. Supported by HKADC and HAB Arts Development Fund.
August 1-10, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hoichi-the-earless
“Life. In Hong Kong”
Contemporary mime inspired by daily life. Collaged everyday scenes show the different faces of Hong Kong. Director Mr Tang Wai-kit, the first Hong Kong student of the international mime master Marcel Marceau, leads actors to create this impressive work full of laughter and tears. The show touches the heart of metropolis. Full house at first run and invited to ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival. Audiences were amazed! Best for first-time mime explorers! Nominated for Best Performance in the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. ‘Extremely well done… brilliance in the story-telling… delightfully surprised’ (HKELD.com).
August 19-24, Venue 45
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/life-in-hong-kong
The Moment symbolises the longing to preserve childhood innocence that we experience as we move through life. Accompanied with the youthful endeavour to seek out new experiences and grow as we move between adolescence and adulthood, the stories and memories that we craft for ourselves along the way. We explore what it means to mature and the impact it has on our perception of the world.
August 6-7, Venue 39, TheSpace on the Mile- Space 3
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/moment
“Peking Opera: Farewell My Concubine”
A historical tragedy, a hero failed in battle, his beautiful lover and the handsome warhorse accompanying him towards the end of the inevitable fall of the kingdom, a heartbroken farewell between the lovers via a stunning sword dance. This well known Peking opera classic has been staged for hundreds of years and the audiences weep for the story again and again. By the best young Peking opera artists from Beijing, this Peking opera classic will be presented in a most authentic way for the first time at the Fringe.
August 9-10, Venue 35, Assembly Hall, Main Hall
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/peking-opera-farewell-my-concubine
Qing refers to the green of Chinese. Qing Snake is adapted from one of the four prominent Chinese folk stories: Legend of the White Snake. This performance is a new version which focuses on your shadow’s recognition of you. The performance attempts to blend Chinese intangible cultural heritage with participating shadow performance. The uniqueness of the performance lies in the deep integration between Qing and the audience. Audience participation is encouraged to enhance the experience. It is about respect, equality and the dynamics of life.
12-17, Venue 45
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/qing-snake
“Taiwan Season: Bout”
Taiwan’s Chang brothers (co-creators of Bon 4 Bon, a five-star hit at the 2018 Fringe) bounce back with a dance that reveals fresh facets of their fraternal relationships and the rich possibilities – and inherent conflicts – of male bonding. Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of the boxing ring, this simply staged, unpretentiously eloquent new work is the physically deft and thoughtful expression of three contemporary young Asian men who communicate best through their bodies. By exploring their strong, if sometimes strained, personal connections, the Changs once again endear themselves indelibly to us.
Jul 31 Aug 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, Venue 26 , Summerhall- Old Lab
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/taiwan-season-bout
“Taiwan Season: Fish”
Sign language meets puppetry in this engaging, BSL-signed production based on a short novel by the revered Taiwanese author Huang Chunming. Pinned to the expected delivery and unfortunate loss of a much-desired fish, the conflict between a grandfather and grandson unfolds in a touching, richly sensory experience aimed at – but by no means limited to – hearing-impaired audiences. Shinehouse Theatre specialises in creating inclusive, socially-conscious performances. Here in its European debut, it draws upon diverse skills to shine a warm and loving light on the subtly complex cultural values that can exist between the generations.
Jul 31 Aug 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, Venue 26, Summerhall-Cairns Lecture Theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/taiwan-season-fish
“Words That I Never Tell”
‘Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself’. Inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s On Parenting, this experimental piece is created by children that poetically staged their thoughts on intergenerational misunderstandings. With their personalities ignored, Chinese children seldom have the freedom to make their own choices and are struggling to pursue their life dreams. After premiering in Yinchuan, this production has been well received by local audiences and children’s parents who gave much positive feedback after deep self-examinations.
August 11- 13, Venue 21, C venues- C aquila- temple
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/words-that-i-never-tell
“Tang and Four Dreams”
This musical theatre applies a double-structured storyline to interpret contemporary understandings of Tang Xianzu, known as Shakespeare of the East. In the Ming Dynasty part, several important episodes in Tang’s life are selected to accompany his composition of the renowned Four Dreams in Linchuan. In the modern times, a young women named Xin’an, with the help of Daydream, tries to search for and understand ‘where does love arise? It wells up from the deep’, written by Tang in his masterpiece, The Peony Pavilion, and to learn about his life stories and persistence in love.
August 21-23, Venue 8, Assembly George Square- Gordon Aikman Theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/tang-and-four-dreams
“Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers”
Inspired by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist ceremonies, Floating Flowers is a fabulously dynamic expression of body and spirit. A gorgeous tribe of eight are pushed and pulled through the swirling rhythms of a dance that reveals the tumult beneath peaceful surfaces. Po-Cheng Tsai’s work is an artful fusion of martial arts, classical ballet, folk dance and contemporary movement. Set to a propulsively cinematic score, Floating Flowers lets its cast ride waves of wild and sometimes playful motion. Dance that reaches as high as the sky as it plumbs the depths of the ocean.
Aug 2-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, Venue 22, Dance Base- Studio 1
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/taiwan-season-floating-flowers
The year is 2046. Extreme flooding has inundated the globe and left a trail of overwhelming destruction. A team of survivors, not ready to give up, embark on the Hong Kong Yellow Submarine for a journey of epic proportions. Will they ever reach their desired oasis? Does it even exist? Scintillating and stunning performance featuring fire-dancing, circus and mimetic drama! This visceral treat incorporates imaginative multimedia, incredible bubble art and unbelievable juggling. Accompanied by a live band.
August 1-13, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/yellow-submarine
“Black and White Tea Room- Counsellor”
The world-renowned Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. A counsellor sets up his practice in the tea room of his dead wife and prepares to welcome a new client. It soon becomes clear that they have had a previous encounter… as the consultation continues, the pair find themselves facing an unnerving turn of events. A portrait of forgiveness and revenge, this show has received a string of awards including Best Performance at the Duo Festival, Seoul.
August 1-25, Venue 20, Assembly Room- Drawing Room
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/black-and-white-tea-room-counsellor
“Camino de Sangjaru”
The traditional band Korean Gipsy Sangjaru set out to create ingenious world music based on the Korean traditional culture and arts. It’s touching, astonishing and emotional! Inspired by Paulo Coelho’s novel The Pilgrimage, the wanderers created diversified musical numbers on the way to Santiago. They created original music by blending tradition and modernity, East and West, youth and old age while on the road Camino de Sangjaru. The musical achievements of three young men, each with two or more Korean traditional instruments, will lead you to a fantastic new world. Join the captivating musical journey!
July 31, August 1-11, 13-18, 20-26, Venue 17, Assembly George Square Studio- Four
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/camino-de-sangjaru
“Goliath in the Water”
‘As David fights against Goliath, we live.’ Kim Elan’s infinite and powerful work is inspired by the story of Goliath. Through dance, it paints a picture of us as small and powerless human beings, resistant to natural disasters and expressing our feelings in harmony with the stage. This highly acclaimed work from Moden Dance Company mixes traditional and modern dance with dynamic yet delicate results.
August 1-11, 13-26, Venue 322, Assembly Checkpoint
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/goliath-in-the-water
“Gukak Wears a New Flow”
The performance clearly displays the musical colours of Rootmerge through their use of sanjo, a popular style of Joseon in the 18th century. Although the popularity of sanjo has faded, cementing it into the framework of tradition, this work brings a new flow to traditional Korean music.
August 14-16, Venue 16, C venues- C viva- cellar
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/gukak-wears-a-new-flow
“Kimchi: Life is a Happy Dream”
Kimjang is a Korean foodie tradition, where families and friends come together to make kimchi. What’s Kimchi? Kimchi is love. Kimchi is life. A heartwarming story about growing up: from birth through to marriage and old age. Be swept away by the spirit of Korea in this inventive and creatively comical journey through the circle of life. An interactive show with plenty of dance, innovative contemporary instruments and traditional musical underscoring. Predominately non-verbal, accessible to audiences of all languages. ‘Great fun! Superb!’ (Korean Herald). ‘Excellent, funny, interactive’ (Korea Times). ‘Hilarious, brilliant, engaging!’ (Seoul Times).
August 11-18, 20-26, Venue 58- C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/kimchi-life-is-a-happy-dream
“The Merry Wives of Seoul”
Korean-ised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him. A story that proves that women are more than the traditional helpers of men, but agents in their own right who outwit the plans society makes for them, and are ready to reform current traditions. EDP Soonchunhyang University return to Edinburgh with this brand new uniquely Korean physical comedy take on Shakespeare’s timeless tale.
August 11-17, Venue 58, C venues- C south- main theatre
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/merry-wives-of-seoul
“Gigolo: Bold, Beautiful, Bizarre”
Charming. Intelligent. Murderer. Psychopath! Saint or a sinner? Come discover this thrilling journey of Murli, a runaway kid from rural Andhra Pradesh, who became one of the country’s most notorious and wanted criminals, killing over 17 people in less than a year! Come, witness the glory of being a gigolo and a bold-spirited saga of mindless revenge which you surely can’t afford to miss. Inspired by true events, watch this spine-chilling solo performance for the first time on the Fringe, and yes it has an item number too… so book your tickets now!
August 20-24, Venue 53, Surgeons Hall- Theatre 1
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/gigolo-bold-beautiful-bizarre
Shiva Tandava. This traditional Indian dance depicting Lord Shiva’s power and beauty is presented by girls of La Martiniere Girls’ College, Lucknow in a beautiful rendition of a mythological stotra, resplendent in their colourful costumes and vigorous dance steps to soulful music. They represent Lord Shiva, the protector, destroyer (of evil) and regenerator/creator of the universe and life along with his consort Parvati who is considered to be the epitome of love, beauty and devotion. Bharatnatyam (historically called Sadir) is a major genre of Indian classical dance originating in South India. It explores Indian religious themes and spirituality.
August 7-8, Venue 131, Greyfriars Kirk- Main Church Sanctuary
For more information and tickets please visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shiva-tandava