Datong 大同
The Chinese Utopia
Evans Chan 陳耀成; English Translation by Jane Lai
March 2015
144 pages
4.75" x 7.25"
HK$120 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$18 (Other Countries)
Paperback 978-988-16056-6-5

2015香港藝術節新劇本選
Hong Kong Arts Festival New Play Selection 2015

A trail-blazing political reformer and visionary thinker at the turn of the 20th century, Kang Youwei (1858–1927) envisioned a global utopia of human equality and solidarity. However, his advocacy of a constitutional monarchy, instead of a revolution, has caused him to become the bête noire of modern Chinese history. Datong: The Chinese Utopia focuses on this Guangdong native’s years of exile in Europe, Asia and America, as he and his daughter Kang Tongbi campaigned for a better future for their compatriots at home and abroad—which culminated in an anti-American boycott (1905–1906) to beat back the Chinese Exclusion act, and two meetings with a conciliatory Theodore Roosevelt. Writer/filmmaker Evans Chan, a descendant from Kang’s hometown, used his award-winning film Datong: The Great Society (2011) to develop the libretto for this chamber opera.

康有為,中國政治家、思想家、教育家,因政改失敗而流亡海外16年,卻在印度完成一本重新啓動「禮運大同篇」,以設想人類未來烏托邦的奇書──《大同書》。香港旅美導演陳耀成於2011年所拍的紀錄戲劇片《大同:康有為在瑞典》,榮獲國內《南方都市報》首屆年度華語電影大獎。他以這衝擊國際影評及漢學界的電影為藍本,創作出戲劇性的新文本。

透過康有為橫跨四大洲的海外功業;他與女兒康同璧會見美國總統羅斯福,有關民主和人權的對話;以至孫女羅儀鳳背負大同夢的酸甜辛澀;釀成一齣從清末躍至現代,詠嘆百年中國悲歡的歌劇。重新呈現中國歷史上這位具有精神高度與深度的哲人,以及他一生所追求平等、共有、共享的理想世界。