Two months later , the original title was restored for a show in Shanghai, and tickets sold out. The Huffington Post reported on the first few productions of the play in Beijing in March, when it was still known as V. Although the crowd appeared excited about the show "I'd never, ever seen anything like that! But there was one particularly revealing moment from the audience that may itself capture the current cultural situation in China as much as the action on stage. As in the English-language version, the actress Lin Han concluded one of her pieces by chanting the word "bi" over and over again, zealously calling on the largely female audience to do the same.
Chinese Girl’s Vagina Monologues University Presentation
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Chinese Vagina Monologues And Beyond
The pioneering production presented a bold challenge to traditional Chinese culture's public expectations for women -- including the play's extensive use of the word " bi " a vulgar slang term for the female genitalia , a long on-stage sequence of orgasmic moans, and various speeches on themes of transformative feminism, overt lesbianism, and the triumphant energy of women controlling their own lives and bodies. The play's appearance here captures a crucial moment of change in the way young Chinese women are thinking about their sexuality and their status. In its brief run of only five performances, it should be seen as a major cultural event. The premiere, which took place on Wednesday, March 11, was not the first time an enterprising team had sought to bring Ensler's play to China.
The award-winning and internationally acclaimed women's rights play "The Vagina Monologues" has been banned in China's most modern city, staff at the playhouse said Sunday. The Drama Center is the largest playhouse in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai which is considered to be more liberal in its social attitudes, compared to the rest of China. The banning of the play, however, is a reminder that although Chinese people, especially young people, are becoming more open about sex -- with teenage sex, premarital and extramarital sex on the rise as well as widespread prostitution -- government officials remain wary and conservative.