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Intfest: Narrative Poem

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Yang Lian


‘The scope of his creative imagination is astounding …Yang Lian is one of the great world poets of our era’ – Edinburgh Review


This spellbinding performance combining poetry, dance and live music is from the world’s most influential and innovative Chinese poet Yang Lian.

Narrative Poem is Yang’s most personal poetry to date travelling back and forth in time, covering his childhood and his harrowing ‘re-education through labour’, digging graves in rural China, his first period of exile in New Zealand, and his subsequent adventures and travels around Europe and elsewhere.

This hauntingly beautiful collection of poems will be brought to life by new choreography from the Coronet’s Associate Hubert Essakow and dancer Laura Calcagno with a new score by cellist Sophie Harris.


Score composed and performed by:
Sophie Harris

Choreographed by:
Hubert Essakow

Translation by:
Brian Holton