Crossing Mountains & Seas fuses together contemporary music with Chinese traditions and avant-garde jazz, against dramatic media projection with the latest video technology, crossing over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic China as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas. The premiere is scheduled on July 11, 2019 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC and July 20, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Shan Hai Jing is an enormous collection of ancient Chinese writings and drawings about a magical world where countless mythical creatures or hybrids of human and animals have lived in over 100 kingdoms. How the creatures in these kingdoms have lived in harmony with each other is a metaphor of an ideal multi-cultural society that we are seeking for today. To bridge between the modern day and the mythical world, the story will unfold within an imaged role-playing video game based on Shan Hai Jin. It is through this game, we take the audience to travel between the ancient and modern worlds, the east and the west, and the reality and our imagination. Setting the story within a game environment allows for infinite possibilities for creative ideas and makes connection to the young audience.