Project New Earth

Tue 11 October 2016

Autumn 2016 | Theatre
Presented by Chinese Arts Space

CAS presents PROJECT NEW EARTH to celebrate the spirit & legacy of the CHINESE LABOUR CORPS (CLC), as British & Chinese communities commemorate WW1.

100 years ago, the British & French armies recruited 140,000 Chinese men to work behind the Western Front. The CLC was the largest overseas labour force, giving their blood, sweat & tears to help the Allies win, but have since been forgotten. This is their story.

by Julia Cheng, Andy Leung, Lavin Lee, Ricky Payne,
A young Chinese woman discovers her ancestral contribution to Allied success in this music-dance-spoken word film. Animation peels back the layers of the painting, Panthéon de la Guerre, when the CLC were ‘painted out’ of history to make room for American soldiers.


by Lucia Tong, Cheng Yu, Angelus Squid Marr
Contemporary dancers explore distant journeys, monotony & nostalgia in homage to the CLC who became essential cogs in the war effort. Specially composed music creates a soundscape via recordings & live performance on pipa.


by Ruth Chan, Quang Kien Van, Suki Mok
From labyrinthine warrens of lost memory, the stories & bodies of the CLC are excavated & brought into blazing light. This vivid music-dance film is a sensorial awakening to remember the forgotten.


by David K.S. Tse, Chris Chan, Beibei Wang, Kumiko Mendl
Singer-actors weave together Chinese folk & English WW1 songs, with a moving drama focused on two men separated from family, lovers & friends by the war.


  PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will also be available on the door from 6.45pm FOR CASH ONLY
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Funded by Arts Council England 

Please note this production will take place at The Black-E, just five minutes walk from Unity by the Chinese Arch.  To find out how to get there click here.     


Project New Earth is part of an ongoing trilogy of work that started with Project New Moon (see which showcases high quality contemporary British Chinese / East Asian artists working across all artforms.

CAS was established in 2005 to champion British Chinese/East Asian (BCEA) performing and visual artists. CAS encourages innovation in both traditional East Asian and contemporary arts, with a focus on collaboration and cross-artforms. Our vision is to support and showcase excellent BCEA artists and engage the British public in the discovery of BCEA arts for entertainment, education and social cohesion.



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show details

Dates: Tue 11 Oct
Times: 7:30pm
Running time: 75min
Prices:  £12  | £8 Conc.
  Groups of 10 or more £8 each
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will also be available on the door from 6.45pm FOR CASH ONLY

Venue: The Black-E

To find out more about how to get there  click here

The Black-E

1 Great George Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 7BT, UK