The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix

The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix is a theater piece by R. Murray Schafer that we wish we could have seen.

From the review by Colin Eatock, published in the Globe and Mail:

“Cinnabar Phoenix is not, in any literal sense, a Chinese legend, although Schafer apparently consulted with a sinologist to assure that his story at least resembled one. At the outset, a narrator explains that a phoenix once lived in a palace on the lake, until warring factions drove it away. (“Cinnabar,” by the way, is a mineral used to produce the colour vermilion.) Now the lake is full of dragons, and the emperor seeks a way to restore the phoenix to its rightful place, thereby re-establishing harmony between heaven and earth.”