Theater & Performing Arts

The Blue Dragon

When: June 9-13, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 13, 2 p.m. 2009

Twenty years after emigrating from his Canadian homeland to an industrial section of Shanghai, Pierre Lamontagne runs into an old art school classmate, Claire Forêt. He's now a successful gallery owner; she's a businesswoman with an entrenched "Western" sensibility. They set up shop anyway, unprepared for the conflicts that will ensue as they try to reconcile a shared past life with all the changes wrought by their current environment. Then a beautiful young Chinese artist comes into the picture, bringing a whole new set of problems. Such is the premise of The Blue Dragon, a compelling 2008 play by Québécois director Robert LePage and his partner, Marie Michaud, who star as the principle characters. Also featuring dancer Tai Wei Foo, it looks at the commercial and artistic quandaries of a gradually-modernizing China. LePage's aesthetic language is stunning. Tuesday through Saturday, June 9-13, at Zellerbach Hall (UC Berkeley).8 p.m. & Sat. 2 p.m., $75.

Rachel Swan

Price: $75

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