Hundred Schools of Thought (2008)

From Spring and Autumn to Warring States Period, during nearly 500 years, thought was freed, learning was unrestricted. Scholars without official responsibilities, were able to develop their views freely; “heterodoxies” thus could widely prevail. Men of profound thought and far vision inevitably were moved to make critical inquires into the causes and influences of these great changes, and quite naturally voiced opposition or offered constructive proposal.In this performance, six major philosophers, Confucius (孔子), Han Fei Tzu (韩非子),Lao Tzu (老子), Mo Tzu (墨子), and Sun Tzu (孙子)and Zhuang Tzu (庄子) reside in the Grand View Garden, presenting or advocating their thoughts and strategies freely. While the characters are identifiable by appearances and activities through historical accounts, performers, six artists and educators from China, Australia and America, have been encouraged to interpret the profound cultural message with their own reading when retaining their personal virtual identities as certain degree.

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From Spring and Autumn to Warring States Period, during nearly 500 years, thought was freed, learning was unrestricted. Scholars without official responsibilities, were able to develop their views freely; “heterodoxies” thus could widely prevail. Men of profound thought and far vision inevitably were moved to make critical inquires into the causes and influences of these great changes, and quite naturally voiced opposition or offered constructive proposal.In this performance, six major philosophers, Confucius (孔子), Han Fei Tzu (韩非子),Lao Tzu (老子), Mo Tzu (墨子), and Sun Tzu (孙子)and Zhuang Tzu (庄子) reside in the Grand View Garden, presenting or advocating their thoughts and strategies freely. While the characters are identifiable by appearances and activities through historical accounts, performers, six artists and educators from China, Australia and America, have been encouraged to interpret the profound cultural message with their own reading when retaining their personal virtual identities as certain degree.

Viewers are invited to log in Second Life for an immersive experience of this performance reflecting on not only Chinese history and philosophy, but legend and personality.

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