Music Theatre - 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. Yu BingYu Bing is a young Pipa player of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. He is the founder and art director of Yue Zhi Yuan Orchestra as well. Yu Bing was born in a family of musicians, and started to learn Pipa at six years old. Yu Bing 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 Bing has a solid foundation in skills; his performance is powerfully emotional, and his personal style is very appealing. For this reason, Yu Bing 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 Bing has been bold in trying cross-border cooperation and promoting Pipa playing and Chinese traditional cultures. Yu Bing has cooperated with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House, Liza Wang, Ye Xiaogang, and Zahiram Dodo, etc. Yu Bing 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

Multimedia Concert - 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. YIN5In the winter of 2011, the "Yinwu" project emerged out of the shared ambition of several musicians and artists to explore a new form of Chinese music. Their interest lay in defining an approach to contemporary music that would maintain a distinctive oriental taste. The concept was simple; with the notion of creating a laboratory-style platform, this group of like-minded people came together with the aim of synthesizing Chinese flute and electronic music, and achieving something new and original. In Mandarin Chinese, "Yin" refers to one of the themes in music, equivalent to a prelude. "Wu" is understood here as a transliteration for the number five, which also refers to the five notes used in ancient Chinese music. "Yinwu" is thus a means of injecting new life into ancient music, of endowing it with a new spirit by bringing it into dialogue with the contemporary context. The meeting of electronic music and Chinese flute on stage is given a visual value through the use of moving image sequences that complete the auditory experience. "Yinwu" is a dynamic experiment with sound and vision.

Music 2017

New Music Theatre - A Hunger Artist

A 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. Song YangSong Yang (1985 - ), doctoral student of composition in Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, study with Prof. Guoping Jia.; student of Konzertexamen at the the Kölner Hochschule fr Musik und Tanz in the class of Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn; PhD candidate of systematic musicology at University of Cologne with supervisor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uwe Seifert. She was awarded the Scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in 2015 and Fu Chengxian Memorial Scholarship in 2016. She got the Commission of the Young Artist Project from China Art Foundation in 2015, and the commission from the American Juilliard School Focus Festival in 2017; she got the 3rd prize of 2017 Vareler Kompositionspreis in Germany, 1st prize of 2015 Singapore Ding Yi Music Companys (DYMC) Composition Prize, 1st prize of The 2nd Voice of China Composition Competition and so on. In the year of 2015, she got the commission of one orchestration piece by the Young Creative Artist Funded Project from China National Art Foundation. Her pieces including Orchestration, chamber music, electronic music, dance drama and so on, were performed in 2017 Kammermusiktage am Vareler Hafen, 2017 KISD parcours Cologne, 2016 New Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Ferneyhoughs composition workshop of 2016 Darmstadt 48th Internationale Ferienkurse fr neue Musik, 2015 Beijing Modern Music Festival and so on, used to work with Berlin Kairos-Quartett, Con Tempo Ensemble Beijing, Israel Contemporary Players, Holland Nieuw Ensemble.

Music 2017

Contemporary Dance - Beyond the Stillness

In our fickle time where impulse is given free reign, individuals are in a constant state of anxiety, obsessed by both loss and gain. Learning how to find ones position in a rapidly moving society and reconcile oneself with surroundings has become a necessity. The inspiration from the choreography of this performance is the concept of stillness from Eastern Aesthetics. Stillness is a delicate state of balance. The surface may appear placid, but a violent confrontation is taking place underneath. Beyond the Stillness is composed of three pieces Solitude , No Man is a lonely Island and A Group of Three is a Collective presenting the complexity of human three conditions. The language of the dancers movements tells the hidden fluctuations occurring beneath a seemingly calm surface, and the constant adjustments maintaining a composed appearance. Like walking on a balance beam, the dancers are constantly pulled by two opposing forces. Eventually, their struggles lead to an enlightenment. They are reconciled with both themselves and the multitude of reality, and regain a clear and empty state of mind. Zheng JieZheng Jie was born in 1989 in Lanzhou China and graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2011. He received a number of significant awards for his performance in Perhaps fly and became a rising star. After graduation, Zheng joined Beijing Contemporary Ballet Dance Company and later toured with the company to the US, UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Singapore and Australia as the leading dancer. During that period, he also worked with the Art Director of the National Danish Dance Theatre to produce End of Loneliness Full, which was performed in New Royal Danish Playhouse. In 2015, he participated in Escaping from the Temple by Zhao Liang, which was commissioned by China Shanghai International Arts Festival; later in the same year, he joined the new concept music dance project Sheng Teng as choreographer. In 2016, he worked for DLAB DANCE as creative choreographer and performed one of Wang Jianhuis works Awakening. He also created The Letter of Love and Icosahedron, which were debuts at Shanghai Grand Theatre. Meanwhile, he initiated a play in which performers could dance in a specific environment and later performed an environmental play in Xintiandi. At the end of 2016, he joined the directing team of dance Early February, which was presented by Shanghai Grand Theatre. He performed in dance The Nightingale and the Rose in Latvia and Estonia, and dance Dinner in UCCA in 2017.

Dance 2017

Kunqu Opera - Snow in Chang’an

During late Tang Dynasty, a time in history of turbulence and uncertainty, young Li Shanfu met Luo Niang who had been living in the mountains. How would they keep promises built on lies? Two solitary souls embraced each other in silence and sorrow. Rosy dreams were buried in wind and snow. This film-textured Kunqu Opera with unsolved mysteries has an unexpectedly lively rhythm. Fantasies and reality seamlessly blend to explore the multidimensional inner self. These characters then become mirrors, reflecting the era and society; at the same time, creates an invisible dialogue between Changan and Zhongnanshan, the most important city and mountain in Chinese culture. As the production team, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe has injected youthful vitality into the classical and traditional expression of art. * Changan, now known as Xian in Shaanxi Province, was the capital city for 13 dynasties across the Chinese history. Yan XiaopingYans works always display a focus on the Chinese-style expression of art and contemporary philosophy, masterfully blend of classic and modern elements. Yan obtained a Bachelor degree in Dramatic Literature from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, and later a master degree from School of Arts, Pe-king University. As the champion of the 1st Young Writers Project, Yan received funding from the China National Arts Fund in 2015. Her works were selected for the China National Arts Fund Young Playwright Training Project, Lao She Dramatic Literature Award Program, and was the award-winning piece identified by Ministry of Culture. Yan was selected and participated in Royal Court Theatres New Writing Project. Previously as Editor in Chief at Sinas Performance Channel and Director of Public Affairs at Sinas Entertainment Industry Department, Yan is a senior media professional who has made great contribution to cultural journalism.

Drama 2017

Installation Theatre - The Game of Empty Box

The clear stage looks like an empty open box. The creator and the observer are together, to construct a real and virtual relationship here. There is always an empty box stored inside of everyones heart. Reality and dreams are intertwined with potential personal awarenesses. In her empty box, full noises and solitudes from the urban jungle, eagering to break through the barriers of communication, but facing the failure again and again. That "she", is so familiar but also strange, dangerous but full of temptations. Dose she have the courage to face the fact, when the consciousness touches the other herself in this empty box? Death comes down to the earth, whom keeps the routinism, whom looking forward to be changed, beginning to put the first stage property in the empty box of his own... Three stories, three paragraphs of inner self, when all the boxes are opened, what will happen... Zhang LingnanIn recent years, Lingnan has supervised and produced plenty of stage shows, such as a multimedia theatre A Ray of Sunshine and a puppet show A Flying Boy, etc. He devotes most of his efforts to the exploration of dilemma of human nature in different times. Besides, Lingnan does his most work in integrating multiple traditional artistic expressional styles on contemporary theatre stage. Audience will find Chinese Opera, puppetry, Nuo opera and other art styles in his works. Understanding the noticeable impact of cultural globalization on Chinese drama, Lingnan is also committed to cross-culture drama study. Lingnan has been to University of Newcastle, University of Rome and University of Florence in Italy, Columbia Calviwa University, etc. to perform and attend drama cultural exchange activities. His adaptation work, The orphan of Zhao, was presented as one of the closing performances on the ninth Asian and Pacific Regional Theater Academy Festival (ATEC) in Colombia. Huang SaifengHuang Saifeng graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy majoring in oil painting. He has always been interested in art and its connection with our innate humanity. From this interest, he has lately created several artworks, including Tin Drum Memories, Silent Memory, Instant Light and the interactive art project Empty Box Game. He observes the world like a spy with a distant look and maintains a dialogue with it in his own unique way. His work is characterized by a feeling of lyrical dreamlike sadness that is always present. He has exhibited his work in Taipei and Shanghai in solo exhibitions Lost in Memory, So Close So Far, Empty Box Game. All his works have also taken part in Shanghai Art Exhibition, Young Chinese Artists Exhibition, Young Asian Artists Nomination Exhibition and etc. In 2015, he received the Saint Angelo Shiny Artists Award.

Drama 2017

Experimental Theatre Yue Opera - The Destiny of Rebirth

Three hundred years ago, Chen Duansheng, the author of The Destiny of Rebirth (Zai Sheng Yuan), wrote a heroine Meng Lijun who was ahead of the times but could not break through the shackles of tradition. Then she stopped writing, leaving the story unfinished. Today, the adapted story gives more meanings to the heroine. With life billows, Meng Lijun becomes a woman who pursuits equality and freedom. Meanwhile, she is quite clear that from the viewpoint of the worldly eyes, marriage is the only way for females to be happy. Even though women are as talented as men, they often feel helpless trying to fulfill their dreams against the reality. We hope that after "rebirth" of Meng Lijun, her ‘free mind will provoke more self-reflection and compassion against women of the modern society. Xin YaqinXin Yaqin, a national second-grade actress of Yue Opera, graduated from the Traditional Opera School of Shanghai Theatre Academy, has been employed in Honglou Troupe of Shanghai Yue Opera House. She is a part of the opera school of Wang Wenjuan, and studied from Wang Wenjuan, Lv Ruiying and Shan Yangping who are among the great actresses of Yue Opera in different times. She has starred in many full-scale classic dramas and highlights of Yue Opera, such as A Dream in Red Mansions, The Crap Fairy, Meng Lijun, Beauty Yuji, The Purple Hairpin, A Girl Jiujin and The Unforgettable Encounter. She has also participated in the "Stage Sisterhood Gala", the 70th anniversary of Yue Opera reforms, the 50th anniversary of the Yue Opera A Dream in Red Mansions, the performance "Qian Li Gong Chan Juan" Gala for Wang Wenjuans art, the performance "Yi Dai Feng Hua" Gala for Xu Yulans art, the closing ceremony performance of the 2nd Yue Opera Festiva; and the lantern gala organized by 15 provinces. She won the Top 10 Actress Award of the 2nd Yue Opera Actress Competition in 2009, and won the silver award with Shan Hanghang as the duo "Star Route". Zhou QianZhou Qian, holding the Masters of Arts degree, graduated from the Department of Drama and Literature of Shanghai Theatre Academy. She has been employed as the Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Artistic Vocational College of Anhui. Her script of the microfilm Password won the third-class prize in the first "Yangtze River Delta Micro Film Contest" in 2014. Her drama script Voting in the Village participated in the 3rd China Campus Drama Festival. She wrote the online movie Crazy Beauty produced by Fangquan Pictures, and wrote a childrens magic show Adventure of Miaomiao in Harrys Magic Castle for Anhui Performing Arts Group Corporation. She has frequently been the writer for large-scale comprehensive performances within the province.

Drama 2017

Drama - Hot Pot

The story is about the flashbacks of Bi Dayou (old B)s lifetime memory, a hotpot restaurant owner at the last moment of his life. Looking at the guests he encountered in the hot pot restaurant is like seeing his own life. The young couple reminded the old B of his youth, while the middle-aged poor couple took him back to his failed marriage. No matter how successful or how hard a persons life was, there should be countless memories of himself. In a sense, the fragments of these memories constitute his entire life. Guests in the hot pot restaurant are pieces of a noisy real life. And these pieces collide with old Bs life experience with sparks. Then, the story goes into these sparks which connect old Bs important slices of life together. It turns out all those guests in the hot pot restaurant are with old B in different ages. Finally, the story goes back to the current, those guests are still guests, but old B already left. We try to go deep into the trivial pieces of life and show the essence of the joys and sorrows in life through a nobodys various feelings. The work itself cannot give an answer, but it is intended to show and explore. Guan BoGuan Bo graduated in 1996 from the Central Academy of Drama, with a Masters of Arts degree in Dramatic Literature and Directing. He is the deputy director of the Production Department and the team leader of the Drama Actor Team of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. As a producer, screenwriter and director, Guan has been engaged in arts production and management for years. His main productions include Turandot, Carmen, The Chinese Orphan, La Traviata, Red Cliff, Jane Eyre, Massage, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Nights Dream, King Lear, etc. He is the playwright of TV drama Judge Dee, Liu Yong, Meng Lijun, Waters Edge, the Chinese version of the operetta Die Fledermaus, play So Young, and musical The South Wind. Guan has also worked as a director in drama sketch Beyond the Time, drama A Pound of Flesh and the Fifth Anniversary Party of NCPA. Zha WenyuanPh.D. candidate in directing, The Central Academy of Drama MA in directing, The Central Academy of Drama. Her works, delicate whilst wild, subtle but full of courage, outline an eternal emotional life with unique stage language. Major works: Executive director of musical Romeo and Juliet, Deputy Director of drama Mao Yisheng, Director of Experimental Drama Da Zai Zhong Sheng, Director of musical Late Spring, Director of Shakespeares Twelfth Night, Deputy Director of Shakespeares Hamlet (Beijing Comedy version), Rehearsal Director of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream (the National Centre for the Performing Arts version and the Beijing Comedy version).

Drama 2017