Dolphin Song

Dolphin Songdolphin song is a lamentation on the recent extinction of Yangtze River baiji White Dolphins. One of the rivers greatest losses, the dolphins extinction is considered the first time human activity directly caused an entire species to disappear. In four movements, this piece of music tells the tragedy of the dolphins. The first movement is a depiction of Mother Nature at work, where the dolphins live, breed, feed, and die according to natural cycles of life. The second movement tells the legend of the Yangtze princess; the creation myth of the dolphins told by generations of Yangtze River fishermen. This story is central to the concept of respecting Mother Nature, and as folklore, is an intangible cultural heritage that holds sway in teaching us how to live as a small piece of the puzzle that includes all of Mother Natures creations. The third movement depicts our materialistic desires and the resultant conflict between the dolphins and us, while the finale is a spiritual farewell from all the dolphins when their spirits evaporate with the river water on a warm sunny day. The work is a prayer for action; a call for us to protect what little of the wildlife is left in our time. Chamber Music Dolphin SongTime Oct.19 14:00 19:15 / Oct.20 14:00 19:15Venue New SpaceComposer: Sam WuBamboo Flute: Wang JunkanViolin: Zeyu Victor LiViola: Xue FengCello: Kang HaojiePiano: Ge HaoPercussion: Xue XiaolunMultimedia: Catherine Li, Jocelyn Hung, Dinah Lee, Adrienne Hugh, Cynthia Park, Sam WuMultimedia Controller: Jacob Choy

Music 2013

Music Theatre Jinyang

Music Theatre Jinyang- Description : Composer & Creator: Zhang ZhiweiSinger: Ren Yanna, Zhang ZhiweiDrummer: Zhang ZhiyuanConsultant: Jiang Youhe - Description : Zhang Zhiwei is an independent composer and game sound designer who graduated from Shanxi Normal University. He created and led the first domestic major of sound design in Beijing Contemporary Music Academy in 2010. He has a world music band ‘Liang Ren(Beloved) and seeks inspirations from the western classical and modern music, opera, kunqu opera, martial arts, literature and ancient Chinese poems. Jinyang, the ancient name of Taiyuan city, was founded two thousand and five hundred years ago, developed over the Spring and Autumn Period of five dynasties, peaked in the Tang Dynasty, and was burned down over 3 days in the Song Dynasty. Fortunately, posterity has been able to unearth historical relics and sites, among which were many Buddhist temples. It has since been dubbed Chinas ancient city of Pompeii. The composer grew up with influences of Buddhism and Taoism. The acquisition of local natural sounds, the clear and pure female voice with plain male voice, and drum from local villages, all combines to shape the Jinyang city that blurs space and time. With the unique characteristics of world music, the composer divides the work into three parts, that is, Cultivate Oneself, Release Souls from Purgatory, and See All Sentient Beings. It outlines the old image of the ups and downs of human civilization.

Music 2014

Live Soundscape and Electronic Music Talking Goods

Live Soundscape and Electronic Music Talking Goods- Performers : Composer & Creational Design: Li Lei Sound Design & Music Producing: Qin ZhenProgram Design: Weng Ruolun Adaptation of Pingtan ScriptArtistic Director: Gao Bowen Pingtan Performance: Lu Jiawei Erhu: Zhao Lei Dancer: Zhao Yuanhang - Description : Li Lei is currently a doctorate candidate at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in electronic music composing. He won the second prize in the fifteenth session of the National Music Awards and the second prize in the third session of TMSK Liu Tianhua Award for Folk Music and Chamber Music Competition. Many of his works were performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Concert Hall, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Taipei National Concert Hall, MUSICACOUSTICA-BEIJING and Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. The work Talking Goods begins from the ‘random opening of a coke can, the seemingly trivial meaningless collision and extrusion constructs an interesting soundscape. The inflectional storytelling and ballad singing in Suzhou dialect circuitously penetrates in modern metal tonality, the performance of string, Pipa, Cong and Zheng, or fast or slow, the dancers moving point, the timely cuts in multichannel interactive electronic music rhythm... The object, language, sound, and tone melt together, which is a subtle and ordinary leap into a special music experience.

Music 2014

Musical Rags’ Love

Musical Rags LoveDirector Chen Jiawei graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy and majored in directing. He won the 2011 Shanghai Spring New Talent Award. His work One Sentence Counts for Ten Thousand was selected by the 15th China Shanghai International Arts Festival: Young Talents Program and Youth Art Week. He has also won the second session of the National Theatre Culture Award, and silver medal for performance. Time: 20th October, 19:30Venue: Rui Jun Theatre of Shanghai Theater Academy Director: Chen JiaweiProducer: Li Xiaodan, Yang GuangArranger: Xue MinDeputy director: Sun WeizhuoPlaywriter: Teng SiquanComposer: Yan YiDance designer: Hu JingActors & actress: Zhao Yijie, Liu Cheng, Wang Xiaotao, Tian Meng, Liu Tianbao, Sun WeizhuoStage Designer: Xue JiaLighting designer: Wei LeiClothing designer: Zhao AnniExecutive Producer: Zhang YiStage director: Ren MeixuanStage assistant: Han BingruGraphic designer: Song KaiScript clerk: Li SipeiWechat marketing: Zhang Lu Director Chen Jiawei graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy and majored in directing. He won the 2011 Shanghai Spring New Talent Award. Chens work One Sentence Counts for Ten Thousand was selected by the 15th China Shanghai International Arts Festival: Young Talents Program and Youth Art Week. He has also won the second session of the National Theatre Culture Award, and silver medal for performance. Rags Love is about five rags in room 501, unit 8 of a flat. Their life may not be complicated, but all of them have a great story. Though busy, they spare some time practicing art. They occasionally sentimentalize about life, and gradually fall in love with each other in mutual comfort. As the arrival of a new member - super rag Awei, great change is about to happen. How can Juan Mao, Hua Gu, Li Li and Da Hei with different personalities fully display their talents, and turn the tide? The musical showcases 12 original songs, happy and sad together, with exaggerated humorous dance. They reflect the identities and unique values of the ordinary people from the angle of rags.

Music 2014

Music: Anda Union plays In the Steppes of Inner Mongolia

Music: Anda Union plays In the Steppes of Inner Mongolia- Performers: Sam Wu - ComposerPerformed by Orchestra of middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music Conductor Zhao Xiaoou Shanghai, China, currently attending Harvard University. He has studied under Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin, Libby Larsen, Robert Brownlow, and Paul Coleman. He was also the winner of the Oklahoma City Universitys Project21 Prize for Composition, Shanghai Student Film Festival Prize for Video Art, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, as well as being a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Sam has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble, the Harvard-based River Charles Ensemble, the Trio Fiori, and the Princeton Pianists Ensemble. ‘Anda means sworn brothers in Mongolian. Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble was established in 2003 and the 10 members of the team are all from Aru Khorchin in Xilingol prairie, with an average age of less than 30 years. As the only domestic professional art groups with a perfect combination of horse-headed fiddle and Khomus and Humai singing, they won the first place of grand prix for an aboriginal group in the Authority Singing Competition in 2006, the 12th CCTV young singer competition. Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble is one of the most popular Chinese bands and has done several foreign tours. In the Steppes of Inner Mongolia depicts the past, present and future of the Mongolian steppe by nine movements: ‘Past reviews the carefree nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolian people, which is a kind of harmonious culture between human beings and animals; ‘Present, faces to the degenerated prairie, the intemperate mining, agriculture, and urbanization, which directly lead to the worsening of the ecological environment; Followed by the uncertain ‘Future, which may be a dystopian world without ‘Anda, but also the rebirth of prairie.

Music 2014

IV.Symphony: Five Actions of Wu Kong

Symphony: Five Actions of Wu KongSynopsisWu Kong, the most famous Chinese character, is actually an ideal complex of ambivalence. On one hand, as a monkey born from a rock, it is one-of-a-kind creature doesnt belong to human being, holy or evil spirits, but meanwhile bears characteristics of these three categories of spirits. On the other hand, when the monkey was given the Buddhist name Wu Kong (means to realize the void senses it was caged by its fate), which is to struggle and fight for its freedom all its life, by accomplishing the tests preset by Buddha. Wu Chengen (1501-82, the author of Journey To the West, one of the four Chinese novel classics) didnt let Wu Kong to think about its own fate in the novel, leaving the space to interpret on our own. Isnt it true that there lives a creature like Wu Kong deep in the soul of each human being? Isnt it true that each of us is fighting for the freedom defined by oneself all ones life? Five Actions of Wu Kongreflects on the inner complexity of ambivalence. The five actions are constructed with a Chinese theatrical approach to tension and relaxation. All means are taken to realize this oriental linear development:Lento – the Purple Forest of SpiritsPresto – There is a young lady on the road ahead!Andate-Monolog in the MoonlightLargo – Wear this, then you will be freeAllegro – Eternal Battle Artist ProfileZHOU Juan (Composer)A native of Sichuan, raised in Kelamayi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, Zhou Juan graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing where she received her BA and MA degrees in Composition, studying under GUO Wenjing. In 2007, she was awarded as the first Edgar Snow Fellowship student from CCOM and started pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is now a UMKC Chancellors Doctoral Fellowship student. Her music has been performed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, and is well recognized for its infinite imagination, drama and delicacy. Some of her awards: Liu Tianhua Chamber Composition Competition for Chinese Traditional Instrument; 2009 Palatino Awards, Staunton Music Festival Emerging Composer Award; 2008 and 2009 UMKC Chamber Composition Competition.

Music 2015

Hear the Way in the Morning

MA Junfeng (Director)Ma Junfeng is an avant-garde drama director based in Shanghai. He is also director and producer in Shanghai Theatre Academy. His cooperation with Singaporean theatre icon KuoPao Kun, Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral was a huge success, drawing extensive attention from home and abroad. He is devoted to creating dramas whichare sparkled with eccentric dialogues and wild movements.WANG Lifu (Music Producer)Wang Lifu has been the leading singer and producer of The Samans since its establishment in 2006. He wrote the lyrics and songs and did the post-production for all four albums of the band. He also did scores for many TV programs including CCTV documentaries Guonian and Chinese Life 2015, and composed songs for The Voice of China Season 3. His band played an important role in many grand music festivals in China, such as Beijing Midi Music Festival 2014.He is the winner of Abilu A creative multi-media theatre loosely based on Chinese renowned fiction author LIU Cixins novel Hear the Way in the Morning. The story tells of an invented future where aliens of advanced intelligence come to the Earth and offer human beings a tempting chance to approach the ultimate truth of the universe. However, whoever accepts this deal can only live for 10 minutes afterwards. Top scientists all around the world, in spite of other peoples dissuasions, determine to sacrifice themselves for this ultimate truth. Through the combination of the beautiful rock band music and interactive multimedia display, the music theatre throws a profound question to the audience: Whats the ultimate value and goal of life?

Music 2015

Sever

Wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolical narrative, the music film revisits an ancient Chinese folk tale: Guan Yu beheaded Diao Chan. In this film adaptation, Guan Yu, the once proverbial historic hero in the Three Kingdom period, travels to the modern urban society and finds himself frustratingly debilitated day by day, while a modern thespian devoted to playing Diao Chan (a femme fatale in Guan Yus time), primps and preens herself for her performance, not knowing the tragic looms ahead. The two storylines are intertwined and eventually come to an end as Guan Yu severs Diao Chan on the stage, a symbolic scene with stark historical resemblance: back in the Three Kingdom period, Guan Yu killed Diao Chan for the sake of loyalty and justice. By juxtaposing this anachronism, this innovative rendition attempts to answer how we should reflect on our tradition. ZHU Ma (Composer/Director) and the band Xi Baner (The Troupe)The band Xi Baner was established by Zhu Ma. He is the composer, songwriter and the player of sanxian (a three-string plucked instrument) and danbura (a traditional Kazakhs plucked instruments) in the band. He combines traditional Chinese operas with other music elements to create a crossover music style.Since the establishment, the band has taken part in numerous commercial as well as not-for-profit activities, music festivals home and abroad. In 2012, they released their first album That, is the style which has been enlisted in Amazing Chinese Songs top 10. The song An Indulging Ghost has been on the top of Chinese folk songs hot list.The band features cross-boundary music style and rich expression in minimum lyrics. This unique style has fulfilled the gap in the field of origin Chinese songs and meanwhile offers the Chinese people an opportunity to have the sense of belongings in this era of western music. David A. HARRIS (Producer/Director)David Harris is producer and director currently living in Shanghai, China. He is also musician and songwriter for guitar and saxophone. He was producer and director of Save the Children China in 2014 and SMALL PATH MUSIC in 2010-2011.

Music 2015

Day and Night

Day and Night is an electronic neo-classic music piece with multimedia and installation recomposed from the 24 Preludes Op.28 by Chopin. 24 motives taken from each of the 24 preludes carefully weaved into 24 minutes of blasting enjoyment. Discarding the original composing technique and inner structure of Chopins work, Day and Night follows the shifting time within one day. Starting from the midnight to dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk and coming back to the end of the day, the work will take you through the evolvement of modern music in the 21st century. SONG Siheng (Pianist)
Song Seheng is widely regarded as one of the top pianists of his generation. He studied under Prof. Marian Rybicki and graduated from EcoleNormale de Musique de Paris in France majoring in concert piano. He then studied under Olivier Gardon in the Conservatory of Paris, and currently studied under Dominique Merlet. Song has collected many definitive prizes, including first prizes in the Pontoise Piano Campus Concours, Morocco International Piano Concours and etc. He was also the first Chinese winner of the Grand Prize at the 2004 Long Thibaud Piano Concours. Song toured extensively worldwide, including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, London, New York and so on. B6 (Director)LOU Nanli, best known by his stage name B6, is a multi-talented Electronic music pioneer, DJ, renowned designer, video and multi-media artist. He has started creating electronic music and sound art since 1999. His music works are critically acclaimed, such as B6 Box, Post Haze, My Post-Rock Yard and so on. He has been interviewed and featured by many renowned TV programs and magazines.

Music 2015

Oratorio: Rubbish on the Square

Oratorio: Rubbish on the SquareSynopsisIn the morning of October 1st 2013, the National Day of China, lots of people from all over the country came to Tiananmen Square to watch the flag-rising ceremony in the rain. After the ceremony, about 5 tons of rubbish was left on the square. This situation was published on the website and became the hot topic nationwide. Oratorio Rubbish on the Square is based on this event. It is performed by 4 soloists, mix chorus and a piano. The work not only shows the inflexion of the debate, but also describes lots of famous or nameless opinion leaders and public figures. The composer wants to call attentions to the mob phenomenon--out of sense when flocking together through this work, at the same time he wants people to protect the environment and love our country rationally. Artist ProfileWEN Zhanli (Composer)Wen Zhanli is a composer living in Beijing. He studied under Prof. Wang Ning in the composition department of China Conservatory. In 2006, he studied at Darmstadt International Summer Courses for Modern Music in Germany. In 2010, Wen attained doctors degree in China Conservatory and became a teacher there. From 2013 to 2015, he studied sociology in Renmin University of China. Wens music has a variety of styles and genres. Many of his works were selected and premiered in national and international concerts and music festivals, some of them were recorded in the CD released in China and Europe. His works won the prize of Music Composition, a governmental award conferred by the Ministry of Culture and Federation of Literary and Art Circle in China.

Music 2015

Chamber Opera: The Trio

Chamber Opera: The TrioSynopsisIn his newly-rented apartment, a young man meets the middle-aged and elderly incarnation of himself. These personages are destitute and hopeless, both hoping to return to their youth and rewrite their destinies. Their shared inheritance becomes a point of dispute, and argument breaks out among them in which each party only think of their own benefit. The three of them have no other choice than to bring out their childhood self to help them make a decision, but their continued fighting fills the child with dread. The child cannot withstand the young mans expressions of anger and despair, so the boy jumps from a window, ending his life. The three men immediately vanish: with no once upon a time, there can be no future.Artist ProfileTIAN Tian (Composer)Tian Tian was born in Qingdao in 1987, and began studying music with his father at a young age. He is currently a PhD candidate under the guidance of well-known composer Professor Wenchen Qin at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). His works have been performed in the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Central Ballet Workshop, and the Plucked String Instrument Festival held by the CCOM. In 2013, his symphonic poem Ring on August won first prize in the Beijing Modern Music Festival Symphonic Music Grand Prix and the 4th Young Composer Project, and his ballet Jiwas recognized as an Excellent Work by the Ministry of Culture in 2012. In 2010, his chamber work Dhyana was part of the Chamber Music Project.

Music 2015

Chorus Divertimento: The Drowning Sunset

Gustation, 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. Saltiness: Sea1) The Sail Sweetness2) The Garlanded Coast Sourness:3) Flying Whales in the Clouds Bitterness:4) The Rain at Night 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)

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

Overlord

Music theatre Overlord is inspired by two traditional Chinese music masterpieces for instrument Pipa -Ambush on All Sides and King Doffs His Armor. Based on historical facts, Overlord portrays Chinese warlord Xiang Yu with music scores, exploring his inner world via different chapters. Unlike other film and traditional Chinese opera adaptations, Overlord does not focus on retelling the story but tries to walk into the overlords utter innocence despite ups and downs; his emotions sympathized by the human kind regardless of cultural background or time.Production Units / Perform: Shanghai Chinese Orchestra Actor(rank by entrance order):Pipa:Yu BingPercussion Instruments:Jiang YuanqingWind Instruments:Chen YunyingRuan:Sha MoZither:Lu ShashaInvited:Wang ChaoMusic Composer、Musical co-ordination:Huang LeiDirector:Fang YuanyuanStage Design:Qiu Yu-wenLighting Design:Cao BingliangSound Design:Gu YuCostume Design:Li NaStyle Design:Li ZhengyuPhotography:Ni PeiyuGraphic Design:Z DesignYu BingYu Bin is a young Pipa player of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. He is the founder and art director of Yue Zhi Yuan Orchestra as well.Yu Bin was born in a family of musicians, and started to learn Pipa at six years old. Yu Bin attended elementary school and secondary school that are attached to Shanghai Conservatory of Music; he later graduated from the same university. In 1998, he was admitted to Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and became the first Pipa player in that year.Yu Bin has a solid foundation in skills; his performance is powerfully emotional, and his personal style is very appealing. For this reason, Yu Bin won the highest award for outstanding performance in "Shanghai Spring International Music Festival", second prize of "Tianhua Cup" National Youth Pipa competition, Gold Record of 2015 in Japan and so on.In the following years, Yu Bin has been bold in trying cross-border cooperation and promoting Pipa playing and Chinese traditional cultures. Yu Bin has cooperated with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House, Liza Wang, Ye Xiaogang, and Zahiram Dodo, etc. Yu Bin has been invited to participate in "New Year Concert" at Vienna Golden Hall, "Prague Spring Festival", French tour of "Shanghai World Expo" leadership team, Les Années Chine-France, Aichi World Expo, Latin America Music Festival, 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kongs return and 5th anniversary Macaos return. He has performed all over the world.

Music 2017

Modern Dance: Between N39° and N40°

Modern Dance: Between N39° and N40°Synopsis"Between 39 and 40 Degrees North Latitude" is a work discussing "distance". Over the years, the choreographer travels back and forth between New York and Beijing, which are located between 39 and 40 degrees north latitude, but across the Pacific Ocean with thousands of miles apart. The physical distance is unchangeable. People come and go, meet and part. The distance of time cannot be changed either. Night and day, darkness and dawn.The river of memory is mixed with the aroma of coffee and sunshine on the streets. Illusions rise from the harshest reality: between 39 and 40 degrees north latitude, what could never be changed is the distance between souls. Artist ProfileLU Yahui (Dancer)Lu Yahui is an independent choreographer and dancer. From 2004 to 2012, she worked with Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beijing Dance Theatre, and Hou Ying Dance Theatre. She also worked with many renowned international artists including Sang Jijia, Zhang Xiaoxiong, Margaret Jenkins, Wang Yuanyuan, Hou Ying, and toured to international arts festivals at more than twenty countries. As a young choreographer, her works include Nineteen Floors Underground, Drowning, Walk Gracefully Once, etc. She relocated to New York in 2013 and has since worked with many choreographers and dance companies, and participated performance projects at Columbia University and New York University. She returned to China in 2015 to create her new work Face to Face, which was invited to participate the 32nd Annual Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.

Dance 2015

Dance Theatre: Farewell, my Concubine

Dance Theatre: Farewell, my ConcubineSynopsisThe King Disarmedis a classic solo piece played by Chinese traditional instrument Pipa. Based on the historical story of Chu-Han combat in ancient China, this music piece tells of the tragic suicide of King Xiang at the back of the Wu River as he was struck by the eventual defeat at the Battle of Gaixia. The solo piece is narrated from the perspective of King Xiang, a ruthlessly gallant general with unparalleled physical strength. He expresses his depression and grief for the loss of his kingdom and his lover Yu Ji through this tragic and soul-stirring piece of music.Fareweill, my Concubineis a dance theatre adapted from the King Disarmed. The theatre unfolds an unlinear historical narrative as Yu Jis phantom is accidently awakened by Pipa performer Tang Xiaofengspipa music. The theatre presents a dialogue between the ancient and the contemporary, man and female, the identity and the ego, time and space. Artist ProfileMA Tao (Choreographer/direction)Ma Tao is choreographer of the Shanghai Opera House. Graduating from the department of choreography at Beijing Dance Academy, Ma won many awards: his Yexiang (2009) was awarded in the second prize in the National Dance Competition. Wuzhebielian (2010) won the golden medal in the East China Professional Dance Competition; and Xunyangyiyunlirenxing (2012) was also awarded the golden medal in the East China Professional Dance Competition. Ma also attended various academic exchange in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. TANG Xiaofeng (Pipa performer)Graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music, Tang finished his master degree on Pipa performance under the guidance of Pipa master Prof. Zhang Qiang. He was the soloist for Shanghai National Orchestra. Tang is dedicated to infusing up-to-dated elements into the contemporary interpretation of traditional fold music. He held over 100 concerts in some major cities in Japan in 5 years. His Togi+Bao was awarded the Golden Disc in NHK competition. Tang also held two solo concerts successfully in Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and Shanghai Grand Theatre during 2009 and 2010. SONG Jie (Dancer)Song Jie is chief dancer in the Shanghai Opera House and the artist selected in Shanghai first Youth Art Training Program. She assumed leading characters in dance theatre, including Xuyiji, Yunshuiluoshen and etc. In 2007, she played the role of Xieamei in the dance theatre YangGuifei, which toured in the major cities in Japan. She also performed in several countries, including Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Turkey. During the performance exchange in America on behalf of Shanghai Performance Group in 2006, she was awarded the Excellent Dancer by the American government.

Dance 2015

XII.Dance Theatre: Painted Skin

Dance Theatre: Painted SkinSynopsisPainted Skinis one of the best stories from Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio. It satirizes the way in which people are adept at painting skins for themselves, dressing themselves up with an appealing exterior while hiding a debased soul within. This performance seeks a less-travelled path at the same time while taking the story back to its essence. The wife is cast as the main character as well as the malicious ghost, both played by the same male actor. The malicious ghost is borne out of the turns of the wifes mind: her lack of faith gives rise to the ghost that torments her husband, and her repentance is also capable of bringing her husband back from the dead. This symbolic deconstruction of the story makes the performance a novel visual experience and creates endless possibilities for imagination. Is the good wife a malicious ghost, or vice versa? This structure, akin to an optical illusion that switches back and forth, conveys the essence of the work and the Eastern concept of beauty. Artist ProfileYANG Hailong (Director)Graduated from College of Dance, Minzu University of China, Yang Hailong is now Executive Art Director of Beijing 9 Dance Theatre. He used to work as a main dancer in Beijing Dance Drama & Opera and Beijing Dance Theatre. Yang has been engaged in choreography in recent years and to Germany, Japan, France and the Netherlands for cultural exchanges and performances. Yangs masterworks include Salome, Ashes Rebirth, The Tea Spell and The Remaking of Humanity. Ashes Rebirth was nominated for the Special Award by the Jury of the Second Denny Award in Beijing for International Excellence in Theatrical Arts and won the Golden Award of the Qunxing Award on the 10th China Art Festival. The dance drama also received the subsidy for the performing arts from Beijing Cultural Bureau.

Dance 2015

Escaping from the Temple

Dance Theatre: Escaping from the TempleSynopsisEscaping from the Templeis adapted from a classic play in Chinese opera, which is famous for its intricate singing technique and delicate emotion. Legend says that only a true star can master the role. Adapted into dance theatre for the first time, the work is a combination of ritualistic ambience, various musical elements and body movements. The story shows a young monk and a young nun meet coincidentally when they are escaping from their temple. Breaking all the rules and taboos of their religion, they keep their practice in secular blissfulness. Artist ProfileZHAO Liang (Choreographer/Director)Zhao Liang is a contemporary dance artist and
choreographer. For him, dance is a unique tool to
communicate between the mind and body. He has been
researching the relationship between physicality
and theatre/non-theatre spaces and exploring the
possible languages for dance performance, specifically
experimenting on the contemporary dance creation in
connection with multiple traditional cultures and their
elements. He connects drama, dance, sound/visual art and a lot of other art forms, with his very sensitive way of understanding the world. He has won many awards at home and abroad. QIU Jirong (Dancer) Qiu is a young Peking-opera artist, dancer and actor. He is now well-known for his efforts and explorations on cross-art. Born in a family of Chinese traditional opera art, Qiu is the fourth generation of Qiu style created by Mr. Qiu Sheng Rong who was regarded as one of the greatest masters of the painted face role in Peking opera history. While inheriting the traditional performing art, Qiu has created a unique style of his own fusion that combines Chinese classic music, western music, world music, pop music, modern dance, intonate, Chinese Kungfu and Taichi, which catches the attention around the world. DONG Fei (Actor/Vocalist) Dong Fei is a young male dan(young female role) actor in traditional Chinese theatre. He recently gained a Master Degree at the China Arts Research Institute and was a former actor at the Chinese National Peking Opera Theatre. He is the first one to revive the male dan tradition in China.
 He performed Kunqu classic Peony Pavilion in many prestigious venues in China and Japan. Aside from traditional acting, Dong also crosses over to other areas of performance and experiments with new ways of expanding his art. One of his most recent performances is a role in the original Chinese musical Yemer Three. Dongs performing career has taken him to many countries, including Japan, Singapore, Italy and etc.

Dance 2015

V.Dance Theatre: The Moon Opera

Dance Theatre: The Moon OperaSynopsisThis performance is an adaptation of the most famous novel from the Asian Book Award winner Bi Feiyu. It takes a piercing look into the world of Chinese opera and its female stars. In a fit of diva jealousy, Xiao Yanqiu, star of The Moon Opera, disfigures her understudy with boiling water. Spurned by the troupe, she turns to teaching. Twenty years later, a rich cigarette-factory boss offers to underwrite a restaging of the cursed opera, but only on the condition that Xiao Yanqiu returns to the role of Change. So she does, this time believing she has fully become the immortal moon goddess. Set against the drama, intrigue, jealousy, retribution, and redemption of backstage Peking opera, The Moon Opera is a stunning portrait of women in a world that simultaneously reveres and restricts them. Artist ProfileWANG Yabin (Director/Choreographer)Wang Yabin is a talented young Chinese dancer and choreographer. She heads the dance studio Yabin & Her Friends in Beijing, where she has dedicated herself with passion and persistence to dance. She majored in Chinese classical dance, and trained in both ballet and contemporary dance. She was one of the principle dancers at Beijing Dance Academys Young Dancers Group and has won numerous gold prizes in Chinese dance competitions. Cultural exchange programs have also enabled her to perform at Lincoln Centre (New York), Bolshoi (Moscow) and Palace of Nations (Geneva, Switzerland). She has gained a reputation as the most promising and pioneering choreographer, dancer and producer of new contemporary dance in China.

Dance 2015

WOWO

WOWOIn the play, Wowo and Wowow woke up on the first day and found themselves in a very high place. Not only did them confused that why they were on the despair high attitude, but also found themselves unable to speak. The only yelling they could make and connect themselves was the sound Wo~Wo~ from far away. Wowo only had a rope and tied a knot every day, while Wowow only had a cage that could grow a paper plane every day and he threw the plane out of the platform again and again. After 651 days, would they get out of the despair? The platform on the despair high attitude remains people of the skyscrapers in the city or cliffs in the nature, and symbolizes the unconquerable despair in humans subconscious, which means that even though it is not as difficult as in imagination, the majority choose to escape it. The play explores the connections among people in modern society through urban allegorical grotesque forms of expression and contradictory stage space. In the play, Shadow Puppet, the traditional element, is presented by high technology and fully engages in the play, which has added the grotesque and fairy tale feeling to the performance. The real-time interaction between the theater actors and Shadow Puppet operators results in many effects including environment romance, the reflection of inner heart of characters as well as the dialogue of virtual characters. It even makes breakthrough in presenting the exquisite beauty of simplicity and stunning visual effects. Theatre and Shadow Animation WowoTime Oct.19 14:00 19:30 / Oct.20 14:00 19:30Venue Duanjun TheatrePerformance: Piao Zaiyong (Korea)Performance: Xu fengShadow Puppet Performance: Li Yihe, Shao Zhendong, Ning XiaDirector / Stage Design: Dai WeiScript Writer: Zhang ChuyinExecutive Producer: Yuan GuojunPhysical Director:Xu KaiPhysical Instructor: Wang MengangMusic Design / Music Arrangment: Jeff TseMusic Arrangment: Duncan Morellet,Chen ZhongweiDrum: Duncan MorelletCello: Chen ZhongweiCostume Design: Kang Kai, Xu Qirong,Bao WenyingShadow Puppet Director: Qin FengShadow Puppet Model Producer: Dou YunlongImage Design: Hu Die, Hu WenjingLight Design: Li Hongye, Tang YifeiStage Supervision, Yuan GuojunTechnology Support by Shanghai Virtual Performing Art Lab

Drama 2013

Multimedia Theatre The M Feast

Multimedia Theatre The M Feast- Performers : Writer/director: TongTongStage designer: Li XuesongLighting designer: Xue LimingClothing designer: Xiang KaiCostume designer: Shao RenchaoMovements designer: Li LiActors & actresses:Dr. - Li JinfeiManicurist - Chang RuiBusinessman – Sun JianIndifferent woman- Qi XiaPure and fresh girl- Zhang CaicaiThe rich man -Li SiqiFashion man - Zhang YunqingM waiter - Wang JianiVideo director: Zhao YuchunVideo editor: Sun XiArranger: Wu YanjunProducer: Tong Tong - Description : Tong Tong (Bella) is a scriptwriter, director, and actress graduated from New York University, majored in Media, Culture and Communication. She is named as Youth Ambassador for the fight against AIDS by the United Nations, and worked as an NBA reporter for the SOHU sports channel. Tong Tong has starred in many TV dramas such as I Want A Home, The Little Imperial Envoy and Smiling Crabs. She is the script writer and director of the documentary films Chinese University Alliance in Greater New York area, Drop Mark, and the First Great Wall Modern Art Biennale. Her work directing The Little Master was awarded Best Film in the Sino-American University Student Micro-Film Competition, organized by the Miami International Festival and Shanghai International Festival. The play takes Mr. Ms feast as its context. The invited guests (the audience) are asked to join the Wechat group through two-dimensional code scanning. The mysterious Mr. M uses voice commands and randomly selects seven people from the Wechat group. The selected seven are guests of the feast from different social classes and they attend the feast with different purposes. During the play they conduct hypocritical social performances of ‘the upper class at first, but then fight crazily for the so-called mysterious gift. Sartre once said: others are the hell. The law of the jungle among animals and human beings greed and desire were reflected vividly in the play, and the hypocrisy of the seven people gradually fades with Mr. Ms game instructions. This is a story of crime and punishment, the third eye, a mysterious Mr. M and then the strange diners. How will everything end?

Drama 2014

Theatre An Expressionless Man

Theatre An Expressionless Man- Performers : Screenwriter & Director: Shang LeiDirector: Shang LeiStage designer: Sun JiaboLighting designer: Ai ZiqingCostume Designer: Yin XiDirector Assistant & Stage Supervisor: Teng HaoPerformers: Wang Hao, Wen Yanan, Yang Yang, Zhong Siyuan - Description :As a screenwriter and director, Shang Lei graduated from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Peking University in 2007. His drama works include What was Make-believe has Become Reality, The Birthday Party, Ulysses in Mental Hospital, Loves Conditional Expression, Expressionless Person, Hamlet Sonata and many others. In July 2012, he was among in the final 6 of the ‘Tian Qinxin New Writing Plan and went to the National Theater of Scotland in Britain. Hamlet Sonata was presented at the Beijing Fringe Festival, and publicly shown in No.9 Theater in Beijing in December that same year.The story is about K and S who meet by chance on the subway. Later, S finds out that they are neighbours in the same residential community, and K has had an eye on her in a social networking website for a long time. It was then that their relationship starts to change.K later contracts a strange disease, which voids him of the ability to smile and makes him subject of ridicule. He desperately tries to recover his ability to smile and plans to meet someone who might be able to help him. Can he recover his smile? What will happen between him and S? A confusing and intriguing situation follows.

Drama 2014
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