Beijing will present at the theater a new adaptation illustrating the society of the 20th century

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A classic novel reflecting social issues from the 1940s to the 1980s will premiere at the theater in August. The adaptation will take place over three consecutive days in Beijing, showing viewers typical family life at the time.

Based on a novel named Huodong Bian Renxing (Changing Human Forms) by famous Chinese novelist Wang Meng, the show will present a series of social phenomena of the time, including marital relations in Chinese families, cultural contradictions between China and the West, and the transition to a world modern.

The title of the show, which is the same as the novel, comes from a Japanese toy mentioned in the book. The toy consists of three books representing the head, body and legs, where children can change body shape by turning the pages.

The story tells about the personal life experience of the protagonist named Ni Zao growing up in the turbulent Chinese society. Ni returns to China after studying abroad, but struggles with clashes between his Western ideas and his traditional Chinese way of life.

The story is an autobiographical novel by Wang, and much of the story is based on Wang’s real life.

“This way of life in the novel has been left by us for decades. But these characters will be reborn on stage,” Wang said. “It’s something that I believe is significant.”

The show will be presented at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center from August 20 to 22, and will continue its theatrical tour in cities such as Guangzhou and Foshan in southern China’s Guangdong province and Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. China).

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