NINGXIA & LONDON, 2021
The opera's version of Turandot is set in China. It involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. In order to obtain permission to marry her, a suitor must solve three riddles. Any single wrong answer will result in the suitor's execution. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to guess his name before dawn the next day, he will accept death.
Before I start my design, I did a research to visit the mausoleum of Western Xia, only Tangut, the language they created remain until today, other heritages were all be destroyed by grave robbers and Mongolia armies through hundreds of years. It’s such a great loss that an ancient dynasty only exist in text. I hope by doing this project, the culture of Western Xia can be acknowledged by more people and extend their intangible heritages and traditions through public promotion.