Music Theatre: “I” Fantasie - Rencontre between Debussy and Du Li Niang

Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang is the first work of Gu Jieting Studios musical theatre series I Fantasie. Gu Jieting integrates piano - an instrument from the Western culture, to the Oriental heritage - Kunqu opera. Based on the two distinguish classical forms of music, Gu reveals a spectacular visual and audio feast; she interprets the Western and the Easter cultures in innovative ways, while seeking for a connection between the classics and the contemporary. The musical theatre is divided into three sections, including piano, Kunqu opera and the screen; they visualize the dialogue beyond space and time. I stands not only as oneself but for everyone involved in the audience; as Fantasie tells our longing for love and dreams. While the screen brings the audience through the flowing imaginations, the gentle notes of piano blending with ancient melodies bring us back to the charming nature of our fantasies. The versatile expressions fill the performance with intension yet the journey was led with an elegant pace. Directed and Produced by GU JIE TINGScreenplay :GU JIE TINGPianist &I:GU JIE TINGStory adapted from "The Peony Pavilion" by Tang XianzuDu Liniang:LV JIAChunxiang:ZHOU JINGFlute:SHI CHENG JINguyen:SHAO CHENRearrangement & Sound Design:JIN WEIWEIStage art Design:TONG WEILIELighting Design:WANG BEIJUN CAO BINGLIANGStage Manager:SHI JIAJIAVisual Art Director:YANG YONGLIANGScreenwriter and Film Director:XU YI

Music 2016

Chorus Divertimento: The Drowning Sunset

The Drowning Sunset a suite for the chamber choirGustation, 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. Sequenced chronically by the taste of saltiness, sweetness, sourness and bitterness. The Drowning Sunset tells a story of nostalgia and remembrance. Moreover, this is just as what Ze Ya 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. They are The Sail (Saltiness), The Garlanded Coast (Sweetness), Flying Whales in the Clouds (Sourness) and The Rain at Night (Bitterness). The suite tells a utopian fantasy in the first person narrative, which is composed 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) Composer: JIN CHENGZHIPerformer:RAINBOW CHAMBER SINGERS

Music 2016

A Hunger Artist

Hunger Artist adapted from the German novelist Kafkas short story Der Hungerknstler is a project of the genre contemporary new music theatre. A Hunger Artist divides the original novel into five scenes. It depicts "hunger art, which was very popular in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, from the perspective of starry hunger artist. The artist is sitting in a cage exhibiting his art by proving in public how long he can stay without food for some weeks – showing his capability to resist hunger. The cast of A Hunger Artist consists of a theatre actor and an ensemble for flute, cello, Saxophone, percussion and piano. The musicians also take part in the performance process exhibiting at the same time both their role as actors and musicians. Compared to musical theatre and opera in contemporary new music theatre initiated by German-Argentin composer Mauricio Kagel musicians become also some kind of actor during the performance of a piece. In addition, music functions not only as expression or for creating an atmosphere it becomes also theatre. Therefore, the composer is not only in charge of the works sound part but also for the script and stage effects. Another feature of this new music theatre piece is its multimediality. Multimediality is achieved by combining real-time instrumental performance and theatre performance as well as preset and real-time video to scaffold and extend the audiences three-dimensional stage mood to a multi-level sense experience. Composer:Song YangPerform: hand werkFlute: Daniel AgiCello: Niklas SeidlSaxophone: Georg WisselPiano: Dorrit BauereckerPercussion: Rie MiyamaManager: Hanna FinkActor: Hendrik VogtMedia Design: Ashley Nicole MorganProp Design: Angelia KnyazevaCamera Assistant: Hanna FreresVideo Actress: Valentina Rekowski

Music 2017

The Unknown Enlightenment

YIN5 prompts a contemporary conversation between the refined traditional music and a new spirit. The collaboration between electronic music and the traditional Chinese flute, in addition to the stage design under the assistance of new media visual technology, is to create a brand new acoustic experience and to reflect the perception of the contemporary generation.The humanistic expression of the Chinese flute dubs the string section. A novel visual and acoustic performing experience for the performers and the reception of the audience are thus generated under the electronic synthesized sound. The on-site matrix of mirrors are arranged to refer to the wooden stage floor from the ancient times. They are in a way turned into the remains coming from the Other World. They are ready to be awakened anytime. The variety of mirrors simulates the cracks of the time and space. As the flue changes, the mirrors begin to twist between reality and the virtuality in form of color and motion graphics, resembling the scattered memories. All the elements are waken up with the organic tunes. The door of the Other World has opened. The matrix of the Nature has also arrived as it is called upon.YIN5 is an experimental site. It is also a platform where the dreamers with shared ambitions (YIN 5 Ren) exploring the emotional status of the current generation as well as the possibility of artistic expressions. Chinese Flute Player:Rong YingComposer:Liu JunhaoVisual Director:Luo Hang/Lan ZiyanEquipment Making Director:Cao YuChief Planner:Liao Yisen

Music 2017
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Drama 2013

Modern 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. Director\Playwright: YANG YIKUNStage\Lighting Design: WANG RUNJIECostume\Puppet Design: WU YANGMake up Design: WANG MEIQIComposer: ZHANG YIXINChoreographer: LIU MEICHIStage Manager: SUN MENGZHUCast: YANG YINGYU, HAO SHANSHAN, WANG SHANSHUI, LI ZIDONG Art Director: JIANG RUOYUInscription: HAO GUANGProducer: YE WENExecutive Producer: HAO SHANSHANTranslation: LIU LIPromotion Manager: TIAN LICHENGraphic Design: ZHANG MIAOAcknowledgements: LUO XI, GU XINTONG, CHEN YUJING, LI YUANYUAN       CHINA COAL MINE ART TROUPE

Drama 2016
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