The vertical light strips in What is Sex?, a re-work theatre piece inspired by Dreams of the Red Chamber,
resembled an interior lighting texture, which helped to define the space’s modernity.
It triggered a visual impact on the lighting language of the play;
those strips of light on the walls and floor gave an impression of peeking through cracks into the Grandview Garden.
The volume of this transitional space, which was composed of high walls and void,
came alive dramatically when all the windows and doors were lit.
The anxieties of different characters, confessed through the lights of orange, cyan, scarlet and lavender, brought definitions to these chambers.
Like an enlightenment from a dream, the overlapping and entangling lighting onstage did not
only create lights and shadows but also led us to a more open, more self-aware discovery to reflect ourselves.
My heart ached every time I saw the scene of Lin Daiyu and Jia Baoyu. The two main characters were left alone in the enormous space. Like silence after chaos, the lights became still and solitary which detached them from the collapsing world outside. Sadly and gradually, only the blood red light remained, as the blossoming roses in Daiyu’s hands was only left as an imprint in Baoyu’s mind.
all photos by Billy CHAN
紅樓夢 WHAT IS SEX?
A theatre piece inspired by the unfinished Dream of the Red Chamber