21:30, Wed 22nd – Sat 25th February 2023 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 5
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According to traditional Chinese beliefs, a person cannot rest in peace and enter their next life if their soul is not brought back home after death. However, this simple requirement is impossible to meet for a group of women: the victims of human (in particular, marriage) trafficking. This age-old, outrageous crime has made them lose their home not just physically, but culturally as well. To save these wandering souls, a girl decided to dedicate herself to helping them find the way home, while her own identity remains a mystery even to her closest companion. Each represented by a kind of flower with special symbolism in Chinese culture, this play focuses on the stories of four women who are from different social backgrounds, different ethnicities, and even different time periods in Chinese history, yet share the same trauma. As they unveil their tragic memories to us, their narration is incorporated with classic poems, traditional dance and music, thus the beauty of Chinese culture is presented alongside various misogynistic aspects of Chinese society, and here raises the question: where does the root of this crime actually lie in?