Chamber Music - Dolphin Song

Dolphin 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. Sam WuSam Wus music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. Many of his works center around extra-musical themes: architecture and urban planning, climate science and the search for exoplanets that host life.Selected for the American Composers Orchestras EarShot readings, winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Sam was also awarded First Prize at the Washington International Competition. Sams collaborations span five continents, most notably with the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Sarasota Orchestras, the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphonies, New York City Ballet, Sydney International Piano Competition, the Lontano, Parker, Argus, ETHEL and icarus Quartets, conductors Osmo Vänskä, Case Scaglione, and Benjamin Northey, and sheng virtuoso Wu Wei.After growing up in Shanghai, Sam (b. 1995) received degrees from Harvard University and The Juilliard School, and is a DMA candidate in Composition at Rice Universitys Shepherd School of Music. His teachers include Tan Dun, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, and Chaya Czernowin.Zeyu Victor LiZeyu Victor Li is honored as a musical prodigy. Entering Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14 years old (2010), he was the youngest violin student there from Asia. Aaron Rosand, the world renowned violinist and educator speaks highly of his youngest student. Early in China, Victor excelled with his consummate violin skills and innate musical talent. He won the Gold Award of Junior Division, and the only award for Chinese work performance in the Ninth National Youth Violin Competition in Qingdao, 2009; he won the New Creations Performance Award (Composer Prize) in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2012; and he was awarded First Place of Senior Division in the concerto competition in Summit Music Festival in New York, 2012. In 2009, Victor was invited to participate in the 5th anniversary of the restoration of Weekly Radio Concert held at Shanghai Concert Hall, as well as the 50th anniversary of the naming of the hall. In 2010, he was invited to perform solo the Sibelius D minor Violin Concerto in Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. In April 2009, while communicating with internationally eminent violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman in Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Victor Li was praised as "a genius with a bright future". Since Victor entered Curtis, he has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, and several times in Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He participated in the American Summer Music Festival at MANN CENTER on May 11th, 2012.

Music 2013

Peking Opera and Street Dance Theatre - Rong

As the descendant of Peking Opera family, QIO shoulders the inborn great trust of inheriting the quintessence of China. Faced with the ever changing world, what feelings does he have and how does he respond to it? Rong is trying to find the expression of time spirit and the consistent lineage of opera charm in the symbolic life. This work develops from the exquisite and vivid facial painting of Peking Opera and follows the painting brush to reflect the rise and fall of the inner emotion. It infuses the Chinese traditional opera (Peking Opera) culture, kung fu (Chen-style Taijiquan) culture, Dunhuang culture as well as "Egyptian Hand" hand culture inspired by the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, and thus contributes to the "integration" of cultural and spiritual heritage in the new time and space. QIOAn actor of comic role of Peking Opera and a practitioner of crossover art. He graduated from Academy of Traditional Chinese Opera with a bachelors degree. He is now working at Beijing Peking Opera Theatre. As the 4th generation official heir of Qiu-style Peking Opera, he developed the Qiu-style and integrated Chinese and western music theory, dance elements and martial arts and Tai Chi in to Peking opera, and is committed to the exploration of the new expression of the integration of modern art state and traditional classics. Born and raised in the operatic circle, he inherited the good voice of his grandfather Mr. Qiu Shengrong, master of Peking Opera and the founder "Qiu-style" and his father, Qiu Mr. Qiu Shaorong, a famous artist of Peking Opera from childhood. He is very talented and cut a figure as a teenager and won gold medal for Plum Blossom Prize for the Young". Under the guidance of many famous masters and his own diligence along his art journey, he not only carried forward the "Qiu family" performing and artistic style but also won him many awards. He is the silver medal winner of the 2008 National Youth Peking Opera TV Competition and gold medal of the 2012 National Youth Peking Opera TV Competition. PAN QINPAN QIN, the founder of Kung Fu Street brand, a senior tutor of artists and singers, choreographer, the in house disciple of the 19th generation successor of Chen-style Taijiquan, vice president of World Nunchaku Association. He has been practicing Shaolin, nunchakus, long sticks since childhood and later went to South Korea to learn street dance culture. After his return to China, he engaged in stage directing, choreography and teaching work and has 12 years of back stage experience to date. By virtue of his unique experience and international vision, Pan Qin integrated Chinese martial arts, Tai Chi, folk dances and other traditional culture and modern dance elements in his works in a creative way. He focused on Chinese classical music and modern pop beats, and thus established Kung Fu Street with the pursuit of the unmatched new school art-dance color in the philosophy.

Dance 2013

Theatre and Shadow Animation - Wowo

In 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. Dai WeiDai Wei, graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy, was CG designer of Visual Effects Arts Studio of 2008 BEIJING Olympic Games and BEIJING Paralympic Games, directly involved in fireworks and visual effects design for four opening and closing ceremonies. From 2009 to 2011, he participated in CG works for fireworks and visual effects in lots of major events including the Ceremony of the National Day in BEIJING and the Opening Ceremony of Taipei Intl Flora Expo. After that, he engaged in theatre, visual communication and cross-boundaries design. He has been a creative designer in Virtual Simulation Laboratory for Multimedia Performance since July 2010, involving in stage and visual art design in lots of theaters and performances, at the same time, he conducts disciplinary research related to new media and visual art design. In 2012, due to the achievements and cross-boundaries art exploration in new media, he was the only one who awarded Cai Guo-qiang Fellowship by Asian Cultural Council in this field and went to New York for investigation in contemporary crossover arts and new media theatre from October 2010 to April 2013.

Drama 2013

Kunqu Opera and Physical Theatre - Spinning Top

The work starts with short plays, Nv Diao and Nan Diao, presenting that in the opening of a social drama, people express thanks to the god and expel evil spirit; and takes the performance of social drama depicted in Lu Xuns essay Wuchang Nvdiao as a cut-in point. The work combines opera, acrobat, modern dance and percussion together as the basic performance means, expresses the feeling of helpless, confusion of identity, depression of trapping in and psychological confrontation in allegorical way. Audience will expose to the dream of author directly and experience a grotesque story that sometimes seems true and sometimes illusion. Ding YiDing Yi, graduated from Shanghai Traditional Opera School, studied Chinese traditional Performing arts - Beijing Opera, Kunqu Opera at young age (almost 20 years now), including Sheng( main male role), Dan(young and beautiful female role). She obtained Master Degree of Arts from Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2010. She was invited to compose theater new opera and perform modern dance: in 2009, she was the director of Du Liliang in The Pavilion Of Peony performed in the ancient stage of Three Mountains Assembly Hall; in 2010, she was invited to be technical director of new historical play, The Purple Hairpin, of Guangdong Foshan Cantanese Opera Theatre; in 2011, she was invited to be the movement coach of Landscape Huang Gongwang, the Shaoxing Opera play. In 2012, She was invited by Shanghai Jinxing Dance Theatre to perform modern dance Shanghai Tango in America and signed with the Dance Theatre to become a modern dancer at the same year. Her modern dance works are Mystery and Charming Shanghai, China Project, Sudoku and etc. Lu Ge Lu Ge studied gymnastics in his 5 years old, and turn to study acrobatics in 11 years old, when he was 17, he doubted the changeless drills and performance. At the same time, he was inspired by a modern dance teacher, completely changed the view of actor as a profession, and became an actor and artist in real sense. He believed that comparing with skills that could use body freely, more important is ones own ideas and creation. Half year later, he wrapped up in acrobatic troupe and went to Shanghai Jinxing Dance Theatre to learn modern dance. During the 9 years of modern dance training and international tour, he was exposed to and learned different kinds of art expressions. He furthered his study of theatre performance in Shanghai Theatre Academy and learned new circus in Royal Academy of Dance in Stockholm early or later. Currently, he works with others to open a physical theatre studio, focusing on new theatre combining acrobat, opera, dance and theatre.

Drama 2013