Mount Emei" Drama City is located beside the main scenic area of Sichuan, Emeishan
City, Sichuan Province. It is a large-scale situational experience drama
created by the famous Chinese director Wang Chaoge by Emeishan Tourism
Investment Development (Group) Co., Ltd. The total area of the project
is about 6 hectares, including the Yunshang Performing Arts Theater, the
Yunzhong Scenery Garden, and the Yunxia Scenery Theater transformed from the
original villages in the base.
architecture is closely related to the title "Emei" and uses
"above the clouds" as the entry point for architectural context and
literature. She draws on Emei and the sea of clouds, the world of Buddha and
the world, distilling natural images into literary expressions, and then
translating the semantics of literature into Building image.
architecture is not a blunt existence or self-expression to the surrounding
fields. It is integrated in the mountains and rivers of Emei.
It is not to build a building, but to create a Chinese literati landscape
painting. She may not be a traditional building in the end, but she must be a
work of art with a dream scene.
flow of time, the changes of history, the trees and rivers in the base, as well
as the people who have lived here for generations, have all left marks on this
land. She is like the music of the years. In order to
restore all of this, all the original villages in the base were preserved, as
intact as possible, and drama content in line with the theme was added. The old
village and the theater sang and continued to write a new chapter.
the architectural modeling of Yunshang Performing Arts Theater, it depicts that
the building is located in Mount Emei, with its majestic southwestern spirit. At the same time, the architectural texture is
emphasized in the design, with "tiles" and "roofs" as the
motif elements, and a series of "roofs" are gradually spreading and
covering from the surface to the wall, from bottom to top, creating an
intention from the world to the heavens. And the visual transition is like
looking at everything in the world from the heavens, both true and false,
"above the clouds" and "the world".
theater "Above the Clouds" looks down on the human world like the
golden dome of Mount Emei; "Among the Clouds" creates a feeling of
walking among the clouds through the landscape, which is a fairyland;
"Below the Clouds" is transformed from a natural old village Cheng is
the world. The space here is the meaning of time and space. The audience first
enters the "world" and then climbs to the "world", as if
approaching the top, like watching the sea of clouds, experiencing the
spiritual realm "above the clouds".
BIAD-BOA Studio, WG Studio
Photographs: Xing Fu, Lei Zhang
IMMERSIVE THEATRE VENUE
Leuchte Lighting Design has orchestrated a lighting scheme for an
open-air-thetare complex in Emeishan City, China, centred on a pavilion encrusted
with 50,000 illuminated tiles.
The venue, named Unique Mount Emei Land of Dramas, spans
78,000 square metres and three distinct locations, including the main tile-clad
pavilion, an outdoor courtyard area and a group of real Chinese village
The Unique Mount Emei Land of Dramas venue consists of three
Design studio Beijing Leuchte Lighting Design used dramatic
statement lights mixed with soft atmospheric illumination to help set the scene
inside the venue, which was designed specifically for one immersive theatre
The play, created by Chinese stage director Wang Chaoge,
explores Buddhism and the history of nearby Mount Emei – one of the four sacred
mountains of Chinese Buddhism.
Among them is an illuminated pavilion called Beyond the
Aside from the glowing pavilion, Beijing Leuchte Lighting
Design used found objects, such as sinks, to form luminaires for the show and
lit artificial mist using white lights to make the audience feel as though they
are walking above the clouds.
The venue's centrepiece is Beyond the Cloud – a pavilion
clad in 50,000 illuminated glass and ceramic tiles that are finished in shades
of blue-green, white and grey.
Next to the pavilion, white gravel helps to delineate the
second theatre location, called By the Cloud.
This outdoor area facilitates further performances and
provides an open space where the dramatic effects of the lighting design become
more apparent, Beijing Leuchte Lighting Design said.
Throughout the courtyard, the roofs of vernacular village
dwellings appear to be sunken into the ground to provide the audience with the
sense of standing on top of Mount Emei – an experience that is further
heightened by the hazy, cool-toned landscape lighting.
The final setting, Beneath the Cloud, takes over the old
dwellings of Gaohe Village, which Wang and her team turned into an immersive
Beijing Leuchte Lighting Design opted to adapt existing
artefacts such as crockery, sinks and woven baskets to provide light sources
for the performance, as opposed to specifying modern fittings."
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