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Irish Born Chinese

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011

Created Monday, 11th July 2011, 19:16 by Whykay
Some interesting acts with Asians involved or Asian-themed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If anyone is going, it would be great to let us know what you thought and would it be worth it for IBCs to watch out for next time. By the way, I'm not going myself.
The Comedy Zone
The Fringe's original, longest running, most prestigious stand-up showcase returns with the hottest new talent on the comedy circuit: Hari Kondabolu (Jimmy Kinnel Live, the John Oliver New York Stand-up Show), Iain Stirling (Bafta-nominated and Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist), Paul Currie (CBBC) and Phil Wang (Winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award and the Comedy Central Funniest Student Award). Sell-out 1991-2010. Back for 21st consecutive year. ‘The Fringe's leading stand-up showcase’ (Times), ‘Comedy's finest new additions’ (Observer).

Hiroshi Shimizu: From Japan With 'Rub' - Free
From Japan with 'Rub' is a hilarious show starring the famous Japanese improviser and comedian, decorated by the Japan government with the prestigious title of Heaven Artist, Hiroshi Shimizu. His wild and wacky show takes you into the mind of bank ‘rubbers’, Japanese game show contestants, bi-polar waiters and absent-minded old ladies. He will take you on a ride of sketches, parody horror trailers and one man audience interactive orchestras that you will never forget!

Babbling Comedy 2
Amazing babbling babies from Korea return with a brand new show. Physical theatre, comedy, mime, magic, juggling and beat-box. Truly unique. Fun for the whole family.

Sumari Grandma
Samurai Grandma, who is that? Today most people forget the history of a previous generation where stories of evil times and good times are forgotten and mistakes from the past are repeated. This story is about‘Samurai Grandma, who, with exceptional strength and wisdom, will fight evil in the name of justice. The play mixes reality with fiction in typical Japanese Manga style where elements of supernatural abilities are often portrayed. Shoko plays over 15 characters in this comedy, featuring martial arts, with characters from this world and other worlds. Samurai Grandma is born!

Tokyo Game: The Body Tights Man Show (Not sure about this one, sounds interesting though.)
Final Fantasy, PSP, Nintendo and many funny game shows are all made in Tokyo. Today, the newest Tokyo Game is brought to the UK by the Body Tights Men from Game Paradise! See our crazy, funny and Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (MXC) involving the audience. Wildly entertaining, inventive, dangerous. The next contender may be you! This is a Non-Verbal performance and perfect for all ages. Using video projection, silly wigs and costumes we will give you an exciting hour.

Korean Drum - Journey of a Soul
Thrilling audiences in more than 30 countries with a vibrant reworking of traditional Korean dance steps to drum rhythms, the Didim Dance Company has achieved a worldwide reputation, performing to such as the Winter Universiade, the Donau Music festival and the Russian Bolshoi Theatre. Choreographed by the nation’s most celebrated dancer Soo-Ho Kook, who updates his national cultural inheritance to spectacular effect in such events as the ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, 2002 Korean/Japan World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This performance excites all your senses with its colourful exuberance.

Jasmine Gwangju
Jasmine Gwangju celebrates the rich cultural history of the Korean city of Gwangju and tells the inspiring story of its famed Democratisation Movement, the uprising against military dictatorship in 1980 which, although brutally put-down, paved the way for later movements that eventually brought democracy and prosperity to South Korea. Gwangju 1980 meets Tunisia 2011 – ‘Jasmine Gwangju’ is a story about the human spirit, of hope, despair and ultimate triumph told through music, mass drums, traditional costume and ritual dance in this large-scale spectacular production.

China Fringe Festival - Young China Shines!
Enjoy traditional song, dance, drama and martial arts from some of China's most talented young people. Hear the Drums of Shanghai, explore contemporary Chinese fashion and have fun with free performances, all day, from China's stars of tomorrow. Experience a range of performances, including ancient Chinese drama, precision drumming, a cultural showcase, visual art presentations and traditional music.

Dragon Night
For one night only, China Fringe Festival takes over the Queen's Hall to present Young China Shines!, the song and dance spectacular, featuring martial arts, music, dance and drama from China's most talented young performers. In the cafe there is a free reception featuring traditional and contemporary Chinese arts and crafts.

My Journey Throughout China
Classical zheng performer, Yi dong, is the most celebrated international soloist of any Chinese national musical instrument of her generation. Playing the zheng (zither), she makes her annual return to Edinburgh to take us on a journey through the spirit of China. Part of the Glamour of Jasmine Chinese arts festival.

Tenchi Shinmei
Taiko Drum group Tokara unite with shakuhachi and koto group Ensemble Rivelta (bamboo flute and japanese harp). Their combined world tour, Tenchi Shinmei, is currently one of the most watched taiko collaborative shows in 2010 and 2011 in Japan. This is the European premiere of this collaboration. Created by Taiko Artist Art Lee, the only person ever awarded an artist visa by the Japanese government, and the only non-Japanese to win first place in Tokyo Odaiko Championships.

Qing Cheng
Witness an ancient love story spanning across centuries, brought to life as a spectacular musical featuring lavish designs and special effects. Featuring costumes by Ye Jintian (Oscar Winner for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) choreography from Jin Xing, and starring Mr. and Mrs. Tang Zixing. Qing Cheng is a beautiful story originated from Dujiangyan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and also home to giant panda. The first major musical representation of Taoist philosophy, Qing Cheng combines traditional Chinese melodies with fresh compositions, martial arts with modern dance, and an ancient story told against a stunning backdrop of multimedia projections. Area prices: Stalls:£30, Rear Stalls: £25, Side Stalls: £20, Grand Circle Side: £25, Grand Circle Centre: £35
Toulouse-Lautrex: The Musical
Discover the brief but astonishing life of the man whose decadent paintings of the Moulin Rouge made him one of the most renowned artists of the nineteenth century. Performed in English (Sun/Tue/Thu) and Japanese with subtitles (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat).

To Avoid Precipice Cling to Rock
In a rough, ragged world where hope is eviscerated by the ravin'd wolf howl of time, there are ten intrepid women for whom the only way is up.