Director Scheffer registered a performance of the Tea Opera by Chinese composer Tan Dun (who won an Oscar in 2001 with his score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Scheffer interlaces the images with interviews with Dun, stage director Pierre Audi and librettist Xu Ying, about the opera and the role tea and oriental philosophy play in this work. Using monochrome, sometimes abstract images (in yellow, blue, red and green), close-ups of plants and flowers and images of the Chinese nature and people (sometimes accelerated or decelerated, sometimes in black-and-white), he mirrors the stylised opera performance and Dun's reflective music. According to Dun, tea is not only the `mirror of the soul', but also of the `entire history' and `all human activities'. This primarily concerns the ingestion of the beverage, as is sung in the opera: `Growing tea is hard, picking tea is harder, but enjoying tea is the hardest!' Scheffer also incorporates images of a tea ceremony, the traditional, ritual way of drinking tea.

Credits

Scenario
Set geluid
Sound Design
Muziek
Production company
Allegri Film
TV company
NTR
AVRO TV
Distributor NL
Idéale Audience Int.

Title: Tea
Year: 2005
Duration : 1 hour, 36 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2014

GeschiedenisKunst & CultuurInternationaalMuziek

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