Marquis Yi of Zeng's way through the underworld
A musical drama for Chime-bells, stones, drums, three singers, one speaker and four dancers
Music by Robert Zollitsch
About 30 years ago in central China a giant set of bells was excavated in the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, dated 433 B.C. Copies have been made of this ancient instrument and it was since used in presentations of recreations of ancient Chinese music. Yet only very few contemporary compositions feature this fantastic and inspiring instrument. Robert Zollitsch developed a concept to create a whole music-theatrical story, featuring this instrument in a contemporary way. 12 percussionists will play the composition, three singers and a speaker will tell the story, four dancers will transpose the essence into movement. An adventurous excursion into the inner world of chnages, struggle and katharsis, using an ancient Chinese instrument combined with contemporary tools. The project is designed for major classical stages and theatres. Requests for further information please refer to firstname.lastname@example.org.