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In photos: Behind the scenes of Vancouver show Tea: A Mirror of Soul Add to ...

Tea: A Mirror of Soul, by composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), which had its Canadian premiere in Vancouver on Saturday, offers a thrillingly unusual sonic and visual experience; an East-West fusion of musical traditions and natural sounds. From the orchestra pit, audiences hear not only the rarely used bass flute and nipple gongs in various pitches, but also the voices of the musicians – hissing, humming, even putting down their instruments at times to wave sheets of paper. This story of love and betrayal is told in three acts – each with its own theme. Here’s a look, shot during rehearsal