Music Theatre: "Book of Mountains and Seas"
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
Adult Tickets (based on seat location):
• Category A $55.00
• Category B: $40.00
• Category C: $25.00

Virginia Tech Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents the music theatre "Book of Mountains and Seas" on Friday, March 24, 2023.

A daring new music theatre work by composer Huang Ruo and puppeteer, designer, and director Basil Twist, "Book of Mountains and Seas" is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths that are relevant to our current climate change struggle, featuring the chorus of Ars Nova Copenhagen alongside massive puppets and striking lanterns. The work is sung in Mandarin with English supertitles.

Book of Mountains and Seas is inspired by the ancient Chinese compilation of early myths of the same title, which was first transcribed in 4th-century B.C. Over the years, these mythological stories have become part of Chinese written and oral history, shifted and reshaped to match contemporary times.

Book of Mountains and Seas is a 21st-century adaptation and expansion of four of these tales. Its lyrics are based on the original Chinese texts from the book, with additional newly created words to complete the soundscape and symbolic drama. As the four tales are ancient, they are abstract and timeless. The work contains timeless codes about the universe, creation, planet, nature, life, human ambition and fate, the relationship and interaction between mankind and the planet.

"… an exquisite masterpiece of suggestion, an immersive tapestry of sound and image that weaves itself into your consciousness and makes its point about the interdependence of humans and their planet without ever saying it outright.”
—The Wall Street Journal

Adults tickets range from $25.00-$55.00 and tickets for youth ages 18 & under and Virginia Tech student tickets are $10.00 each.

To purchase tickets online, visit:

Cast & Crew Highlights:
• Composer and librettist: Huang Ruo
• Director and production design: Basil Twist
• Music director: Paul Hillier
• Lighting design: Poe Saegusa
• Featuring Ars Nova Copenhagen

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is located at 330 Turner Street NW in Blacksburg, VA.

For more information, visit: or or or call 540-231-5300.
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