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Thea Awards 2021

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement: Attraction

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Opening in September of 2019 this latest of Fantawild’s Oriental Heritage Park brand focuses on the culture of Jingzhou and the ancient Chu state (present day Hubei province).

Telling the story of the Father of Chinese poetry Qu Yuan, the production traces his life from ambitious teenager to advisor to King Huai, to slandered exile where many of his most important works were composed. The presentation begins at the end of Qu Yuan’s life when his
suicide in 278 BCE in the Milou River sets in motion the annual Dragon Boat Festival celebration and he morphs in legend into a Taoist Water Immortal.

Using lush film and projections, actors, dancers, and performers are set in misty landscapes and photo-realistic scenes. They fly across starry skies and negotiate flying characters and words as each change of scene explores a new episode in Qu Yuan’s life or one of his famous poems.
This is an unparalleled blending of augmented reality, a rotating and elevating stage, large-scale, 3D projections in combination with real-time tracking and intelligent interactions and sensors to create a seamless and immersive guest experience.

Qu Yuan’s seamless blending of technology and storytelling creates an immersive and boundless world that sets the guests free to explore the life and times and words of this Chu cultural hero.

Using the best of 21st century immersive experience technology, the live event spectacular Qu Yuan at Jingzhou Fantawild Oriental Heritage Park in Hubei brings to life a 2000-year-old story. Working with Fantawild’s palette of entertainment technology solutions, Qu Yuan blends live
performers in architectural space with a moving stage and using real time tracking technology, they have created both 2D and 3D projections and overlaid the whole with augmented reality.

With this production, park and experience developer Fantawild Holdings has raised their own internal experience bar ever higher to make Jingzhou’s history and culture breathe for today’s audience.

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