This stage adaptation of the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery's most well-liked fictional novel, Le Petit Prince, portrays a story of a journey towards pure innocence obscured by sophisticated adulthood. Originally a children's book, the story tells of a pilot who is stranded in the Sahara Desert and meets a tiny prince from an asteroid.
Through the untarnished discourse of the child's view of the adult world, Saint-Exupery sharply exposes the distortions in human life as well as the complicated relations between people.
This stage play version of the French opera was composed by Richard Cocciante, composer of the musical Notre Dame de Paris that won awards in Victoires de la Musique, an annual French music award ceremony.
Originally directed by Jean-Louis Martinoty of the National Paris Opera, the directorship of this year's Asia tour, including the current stop in Taiwan, has been taken over by Bruno Carlucci, a well-established Italy-born theatrical director who has overseen some of the best known theaters in Europe, including the Vennissieux Theater at 1965.
The costume designs for the production are by Jean Charles de Castelbajac, one of the hottest designers in Paris' fashion world.
This French-language musical version of Le Petit Prince first appeared in 2002 and uses up-to-date stage technology that enriches the performance with fantasy-like settings.
Le Petit Prince was Saint-Exupery's final literature work published in 1943.