From climate change to human exploitation, performing artists leverage the stage to address global issues

by Victoria Finlay
See article in South China Morning Press

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4. Angel’s Bone by Du Yun

In 2017 Chinese-born US composer Du Yun was awarded a Pulitzer prize for the music in her opera about child trafficking titled Angel’s Bone.

‘Angel’s Bone’ by Shanghai-born composer Du Yun tells the story of two angels who have fallen to earth. They are found by a couple struggling with debts, and are subsequently exploited for profit. The production has won Du the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

‘Angel’s Bone’ by Shanghai-born composer Du Yun tells the story of two angels who have fallen to earth. They are found by a couple struggling with debts, and are subsequently exploited for profit. The production has won Du the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

The production tells the story of two angels who fall to earth and land in a suburban backyard in America, where they are found by a married couple who are struggling with debts. “We need this,” the woman says to her husband. So the two of them nurse the bewildered angels back to health, and then after cutting their wing feathers so they cannot escape, exploit their beauty for profit.

The score mixes magical realism with Renaissance polyphony, punk, cabaret and electronica, and it has received rave reviews. The show came to Hong Kong for the New Visions Festival in November last year, and its world tour continues. It will be performed at the Beijing Music Festival in October, and at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles on May 1 and May 3, 2020.

The New Yorker—Du Yun: “A Cockroach’s Tarantella”