Injustice of Tou O, woman on stage

Performance & Dance

The Injustice to Tou O

Part of China Changing Festival

Shudder to a stunning reimagining of 13th-century supernatural tale of love and intrigue, false accusations and the making and undoing of curses.

The story is masterfully presented through physical performance, text, film and live music. Based on Chinese dramatist Guan Hanqing’s classic text, the action is transplanted to Shang Yan, a dystopian city full of restless souls.

Tou O is framed for a murder she didn’t commit.

The judge sent to the city is Tou Tienchang, her father, whom Tou O has not seen for 13 years. She hopes he will save her, but he pronounces her guilty. In desperation, Tou O curses the city.

Will Tou O withdraw her terrible oaths and choose to live, or let Shang Yan face environmental chaos? Find out in this captivating production of a story that has haunted generations.

Performed by a company of ten, The Injustice to Tou O’s lead performer and director is Ding Yiteng, an outstanding talent of his generation, who has won the Prominent Director of China Award (2018) and been nominated twice for the Most Promising Young Chinese Theatre Artists of the Year (2015 and 2016).

Based in Beijing, Ding Yiteng has swiftly developed a reputation for delighting audiences with visually impressive, energetic and thought-provoking theatre.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with Ding Yiteng,

Presented by Performance Infinity.

Produced in partnership with Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Elements of the show are performed in Mandarin with English subtitles.