Chorus Divertimento - The Drowning Sunset

Smelling, merging unobtrusively in the warm whisper of an idle breeze, twinkling around the fresh ornament of the sparkling cherry, and lingering on the orbicular rest of the day lily, serves as a memory of this world in our daily life. The Drowning Sunset tells a story of nostalgia and remembrance. Moreover, this is just as what ZeYa is featured of; different chapters are sequenced by elements in the 24 solar terms, forming a subtle, poetic redolence. The Drowning Sunset is composed of four chapters, and each chapter consists of two pieces: The Sail; The Garlanded Coast; Flying Whales in the Clouds; The Rain at Night. The suite tells a utopian fantasy in the first-person narrative, which is com-posed of four chapters, corresponding to four different emotions and tastes. It begins when our leading character is in his childhood, taken by his parents to an uninhabited island with their puppy, and then starts a new life there. (Chapter 1) With the surrounds of natural landscapes and wildlife on the island, he grows up, full of curiosity and confusion about the outside world. (Chapter 2) As time goes by, his family are all dead, leaving him alone, looking forward to the second coming of the good old days. "When there should emerge the sunset from all sides on the island, all of us would be back." Said his parents. (Chapter 3) And then there comes to the end, the lonely aged man lies in the twilight light, simple and unaffected. Where did he go? Where should the sunset glow? In every drip of rain and breeze of wind, from all sides we know. (Chapter 4) Jin ChengzhiBorn in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, 1987, the young composer and conductor. Chengzhi Jin, is currently working as the Rainbow Chamber Singers.

Music 2016

Chamber Concerto - Spacetime continuum Pro et Contra

Spacetime continuum Pro et Contra is a chamber work written for an ensemble of 13 musicians. The instrumentation of the work is similar to that of a chamber symphony in the 20th century (each section of the orchestra is represented by one instrument); the relationship between the instruments is similar to that of a Baroque concerto (harpsichord, Violin I & II and oboe as solo instruments and the other nine as accompaniment). The harpsichord functions as an important solo instrument, but is also part of the accompaniment. The super traditional style of the work aims for an aesthetic that is the specialization of time. The structure of the work is like that of a traditional concerto (three movements in fast: slow-fast relationship). The thematic material of the first movement embodies exoticism and Baroque style. Contrasting the dramatic recitative first movement, the second movement is an elegy. The third movements tempo is similar to that of a Toccata, while the texture is somehow incidental. The complex rhythm and irregular phrasing give an impression of a constantly pausing and skipping grammophon. This is a work that shakes the balance between space and time. It is inspired by the conversation between the European musical language and Oriental musical traditions. The Baroque concerto style merges with the 20th century chamber symphony structure. Dai BoHe is a doctoral candidate in composition at the China Central Conservatory of Music. Dai Bo was born in 1988 in China. At the age of five, he turned blind due to an illness. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in composition of Prof. Xiaogang Ye at the China Central Conservatory of Music.His works Charm of Beijing Opera for accordion solo was selected as an obligatory piece for the 2010 Harbin International Accordion Competition, and was greatly acclaimed in Lithuania the following year.In 2012, Dai Bo was invited to participate in the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland, where his Illusion Butterfly was performed for the first time by the ONM Orchestra, conducted by Szymon Bywalec. In the same year, he won a significant prize at the Singapore International Composition Competition.In 2013, he became a fellow composer of The Intimacy of Creativity 2013 Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong. On April 28th, the violinist Cho-Liang Lin and Dai Bo performed his work Kong Gu You Lan (for violin and piano) at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.His orchestra piece Invisible Mountain won second prize in the national competition held by Ludwig van Beethoven Association in November 2014. In January 2015, he visited Poland and Norway to join the first round of performance of Orkiestry Akademii Beethovenowskiej and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.The original mini dance drama Reflection was performed in China National Centre for the Performing Arts in May 2015.In December 2015, his Wojskis Hom Concerto commissioned by ICM, premiered in Warsaw by Sinfonia Varsovia. Krzysztof Penderecki gave high evaluation, he considered Dai Bo is the one of the most talent Chinese young composers.On March 2016 his piano recital performance The art of Fugue and his own pieces Disappeared Landscapes in Forbidden City Concert Hall. Other works: Book of Sand for violin and piano, Before the Rain for accordion, violin, clarinet and Vibraphone, etc.The new album GU JIA YE, that of the music of north Chinas nomads played on cello, published on July 2016.

Music 2016

Music·Theatre - Folding City

Folding City was a Sci-fi musical-theatrical work adapted from Ma Haipings electronic music album in 2016. Fast mechanical pulses and sparkling composite sounds construct the grandeur of a future metropolitan: floating, evolving, complicated, infinite, hopeful and dynamic. The magnificent atmosphere is a combination of sci-fi and reality, which makes the audience think of Manifesto of Futurism written by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti a hundred years ago. The expectations and anxieties of people in todays society about the future, together with the various details and texture of future cities, are all presented in this work that discusses post-modern social issues. Folding City features both realism and a sense of nativeness. Ma HaipingMa Haiping(MHP), is awarded the 4th and 5th Abilu Music Awards, The best electronic artist. During the past 14 years, his music covers the avant-garde music, experimental, electronic dance music, soundtrack for visual arts and contemporary dance, etc. No matter from the music genre or the production technic, he is a epitome of the development of Chinese electronic music scene. MHP is called "The son of Shanghai techno" for his music revealed a unique sense of screen and science fiction imagery. In recent years, he actively promoting the avant-garde music culture of China, organizing international exchange performances and academic lectures. The vinyl record <The Chiniese Connection > released by Cratesavers International in 2012 and <Crepuscular Rays> released by Night Vision Records in 2013 make him the first Chinese electronic musician who releases his own records in the cradle of Techno, Album <Folding Traces> is released by D Force Records in 2016 April.

Music 2016

Music Theatre - "I" Fantasie - Rencontre between Debussy and Du Li Niang

In the dream alike story of "Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang", Debussy sees the ancient Chinese legendary figure Du Liniang, whom seeks the freedom to love. She gives up her life for the loved-one she missed, yet resurrected for the loved-one she found. Along with Du Liniangs journey, two masterful artforms rencontre, one of the most rewarding and ancient Chinese music drama KUNQU opera and Claude Debussys piano music. This communication graefully depicts that Love, is a shared desire cross culture and the power of love resonates within everyone. This site-specific music theatre aims to recontextualised the connection between performance and expression of eastern and western culture through-out time, genre and gender. lt celebrates a transcultural influence that we all share in the current era. Gu JietingGu Jieting is a classical pianist. She graduated from Conservatoire National Superieur de la Music de Paris with a master s degree in Piano and a DFS (Diplome de Formation Suprieure) in Piano and Chamber Music Praised as "the envoy of the Silk Road on the black and white keys Gu has been invited internationally to perform at major music festivals. In2014, Gu is awarded as an "Outstanding Talent of Shanghai" by the Municipal Council. Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang is the founding piece of Gu Jietings music theatre series1"FANTASIE. lts premier release is scheduled in fall 2016, following with international tours. Gu depicts the classic and the contemporary from an innovative perspective; breaking the boundary between the Oriental and the Western cultures, "I" FANTAISE encounters two distinguish form of performances.

Music 2016

Dance Theatre - Tang Shi Yi Dance

From a contemporary perspective, "The Flowing Dance From Tang Poetry" guides the audience into the poems written in Tang Dynasty, leads them to perceive the immensity and mystery of the line of verse "Who, by the river, catches the first glance of the moon?Will the moon above the river, by any chance, shine on us soon?" and to sense the profound affection of "There is an end to any love story, while this regret will last beyond history", and holds a dialogue with tradition by using the modern elements of classical dancing. Tang ShiyiGraduated from Beijing Dancing Academy in 2010, the top professional dancing educator throughout China, Tang Shiyi now heads the China National Opera&Dance Drama Theater as leading dancer. Tang has since won champions in a row in various domestic dancing competitions and played leading actress to date among large-scale dance dramas in China. Apart from two classic folk dances Fine Rain&Orchid and Endless Nostalgia, her representative dance dramas also include Where The Legend Begins, Confucious and Pursuit of Dream on Silk Road. In 2015, she led all the way to champion and was crowned as "super dancer" in Super Dancer Born Tonight host by CCTV (China Central Television). The works she starred are essentially inspired by traditional Chinese culture ranging from ancient poems to historical stories. The Chinese stories catapult her dance to stardom, and she, in turn, vitalizes Chinese culture with her body language in her own way.

Dance 2016

APP Immersive Theatre Duality (China/New Zealand)

As the first environment immersion APP interactive drama which regarded audience as the leading role, Duality combined with smart phone apps, SMS, Wechat video, live actors, brings the audience multi-dimensional exploration and the theatrical experience. A pretty girl who is under much pressure, her sister works overtime everyday, a live webcast, a kidnapping, whats the truth? In order to celebrate the fifth year of R.A.W., STA and the CSIAF co-produced the special commissioned work Duality. Its based on New Zealand Storyboxs The Woman Who Forget. Tong TongTong graduated from New York University. She is now a graduate student in Film Studies at Shanghai Theatre Academy. She is a mainland Chinese actress, director, and screenwriter. She is nominated as the Youth Ambassador to Fight against AlDS by UN. Tong received Popular TV Golden Eagle Award for the Best Supporting Actress and won the Best Leading Actress Nomination. During her study in the U.S, she has had two times bilingual MC experiences at Lincoln Center, Tong wrote and directed the Water lnk Theatre the Great Wall Poetry in 2013, the Pingtan Master received the Best Picture of Academy Award from the special unit of MIFF and SIFF. The Multi Media Theatre the M Feast is officially selected as the Commissioned Work of the 16th R.A.W! in 2014. In 2015, she wrote and directed the experimental short film The Gyroscope Man. In 2016, Tong wrote and directed the App lmmersive Theatre Duality, which is the 5th anniversary Special Commissioned Production of the R.AW!

Drama 2016

Experimental Peking Opera - The Fool

Her husbands sudden death threw her in the empty house rife with sadness. Suffering from loneliness in her prime due to this sudden loss, her golden moments were fleeting away. Her man left her nothing but a plot of land, his horse and his solumn spirit tablet. Ever since, she never took off her mourning dress and her face was awash with tears every day, in mourning of her beloved. It became such a routine that she kept the mourning hall for three whole months. That persisted until a burst of knock at the door one day. Following that was a mans voice. Looking at each other, he saw the burning passion underneath her makeup. Zhu ZhiyuDirector Zhu Zhiyu works at Chinese Opera College of Shanghai Theater Academy and serves as a member of Shanghai Dramatists Association. She graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy with the Masters degree in Fine Arts of Opera Directing, specialized in Music and Folk Music. She won the Gold Award under the category of Youth Group of National Youth Instrumental Music Contest organized by Chinese Musicians Association and also obtained the Gold Award and Best Gardner Award in Asias Finals of International Music Festival Competition for two consecutive years. In recent years, Ms. Zhu played a creative role in directing and producing some newly-adapted plays and operas. Participating and directed works: Beijing Opera "The taming of the shrew"; "Xu Guangqi and Matteo Ricci"; "New combination of Beijing Opera - The youth road Zhang Pai art performance of Zhao Qun"; Drama "farewell my concubine"; "A midsummer nights dream"; "Humane foundation charity film symphony concert" and etc.

Drama 2016

Stage Play - Tang Xianzu

In the 26th year of Wanli, Ming Dynasty, Tang Xianzu asked for a long leave from his official position and returned to his hometown - Linchuan. He devoted himself into writing plays. Away from politics, accompanied by poetry and drama, there should be no ups and downs in his life. But, was he willing to live his life in this way? If so, why did he always have a feeling of anxiety? Why was he always haunted by loneliness? Did not believe in the romance of The Purple Hairpin, but could not give up the love in The Peony Pavilion. Did not wake up from The Dream in Nanke, where should he place The Dream in Handan? In the dream or out of the dream, who can give guidance to Tang Xianzu? Where should he go for the rest of his life? Han DanniGraduated from Law School of Shanghai University, she focused on drama writing in school. In 2013, she attended the program of cultivating young artists held by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, and learned drama writing from Mr. Yu Rongjun. Main works: In 2014, her drama No Dream in Huizhou was nominated for the first round of funded projects for youth screenwriters of Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation. Later, it was adapted into a script of Kunqu Opera. It was also nominated for the invited work of Rising Artists Works Program of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, renamed as Tang Xianzu. Traditional Chinese Music Theatre, Rain in Linan has won the second award of the 12th College Drama Festival of Shanghai in the full-length drama group. This play firstly combined traditional Chinese music with dramas, exploring the usage of Chinese aesthetic in modern dramas. Childrens drama The Box of Shakespeare and San Mao in the Future have been nominated for the competition of Excellent Childrens Drama of Shanghai. It uses childrens words to think about life and society.

Drama 2016

Drama - On the Road

In ancient China, "Mingtu Lu Yin", a small piece of paper, a.k.a "the special night boat to the afterlife", is the pass to the road of the underworld. During Ming and Qing Dynasty, people believed that the dead had to get the Mingtu Lu Yin and went to the other world, or his soul would linger forever in this world without transmigration and rebirth. The official Lu Yin was only issued by "Chenghuang Miao", the local Temple of the Town Deity where the dead one was born, otherwise, the pass was invalid. In the regnal era of Yongle Emperor, Ming Dynasty, the Peking pickle workshop owner Lao Cheng was dying, but the poor man fought hard to hold his last breath to wait his delayed Lu Yin. Due to the flood, the road between the north and south was blocked. Before getting his valid Lu Yin from his hometown, he could not close his eyes and pass away peacefully. After seeing Lao Chengs determination and suffering, his son decided to drag his fathers coffin with Lao Cheng lying in it, alive, from Peking to Nanjing, travelled by the land route and then by boat, to attain the Lu Yin. Yang YikunYang Yikun, has BA and Master in Dramatic Literature, the Central Academy of Drama, instructed by the play writer Huang Weiruo. Since 2009, Yang participates in many drama festivals as the Beijing International Youth Theatre Festival, Nanluoguxiang Drama Festival and Wuzhen Theatre Festival. In 2011, Yangs work "The Peacock Flies to Southeast, the wife of Jiao Zhongqings" was performed on the stage by Jiang Ruoyu, the professor of the Central Academy of Drama. As a successful experiment on the dramatic language system, this show gained many attentions and applauses and was regarded as "the Kun opera with the drama appearance". Since then, Yang has tried many different genres of drama. The drama, "The Autumn Sound of Bianshui River" won the 25th Tian Han Drama Award. The music drama "Blossom" won the Campus Award of China Drama and the Outstanding Repertoire and Excellent Screenplay in the Beijing Student Drama Festival. In the year of 2014, the drama "If Leave," was nominated for "Youth competition play" session, and won the "Town Award ", the highest award of the Best Drama Awards in the 2nd Wuzhen Theatre Festival. In 2015, Yang attended the Theater Festival in Avignon, France, and won the first-class reward of 30th Tian Han drama Award in 2016.

Drama 2016