Circle Lines Exhibition – Presented by the Hurun Foundation
Friday, 5 Feb – Sunday, 14 Feb 2016
An exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art presented by the Hurun Art Foundation.
Fourteen celebrated Chinese artists will share their distinctive style and story. Artists include Wang Tiande, Qiu Jie, Mao Lizi and Chen Xiaowei
Deb8 China: Great Speakers, 8 Minutes.
Wednesday, 10 February, 2016 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Speakers will each have eight minutes to stir your curiosity, fuel debate and encourage you to question the assumptions you hold about China.
Topics to be discussed;
- Sex & Gender – No sex please, we’re Chinese! Exploring attitudes towards sex and gender in China. Jemimah Steinfeld author Little Emperors and Material Girls
- Education – Eat. Sleep. Learn. Repeat. What makes the Chinese education system so successful and can those practices be applied globally?
- Environment – In the Mist. Can China tackle the climate change issues and how long will it take? Charlotte Middlehurst Managing Editor China Dialogue
- Censorship – Can’t speak. Don’t speak. Aowen Jin Artist
- Economy – The Chinese are capitalists in communist clothing. Dr. Kent Deng Reader in Economic History Department at the London School of Economics
Tickets: £7.50 Concession £5
New Cola Project
Saturday, 13 February, 2016 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Composer and producer Andy Leung premieres a new electronic work: New Cola 2016 – featuring erhuist Wan Pin Chu. Featuring a bubble tea bar, where you can choose a classic bubble tea beverage, or a spiked cocktail version.
Inspired by the electronic sub-genre and influenced by contemporary classical, the piece is characterised by a raw blend between organic and synthetic sounds driven by Wan’s ‘Jimmy Hendrix-like’ erhu virtuoso solo, with a progressive orchestral arrangement approach, stunning soundscape build-up, and delivering an emotional melodic line interleaved between evolving and eclectic rhythms and beats. Whilst Leung leads and conducts the improvised section, every performance is truly unique and spontaneous.
Developed as part of the project, Wan is pioneering the traditional erhu in the digital era – with an array of digital effects and a foot controller, Wan’s virtuoso style is further enhanced by extensive digital sonic palettes, from growling bassline and distorted plug to out of this world sound effects. Leung also performs on an innovative 5 dimensional keyboard, adding extra layers of expressions and articulation that were previously impossible in a traditional electronic keyboard setup. The performance will also feature special guests that contributed to the project.
A Concert of Chinese and Indigenous Songs and Operative Repertoire
Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Performed by He Wu and fellow Young Artists from the National Opera Studio
This event will include Chinese folk and art songs, as well as indigenous songs from other countries, including Wales, Lithuania and New Zealand. The concert will also feature stunning works from the Western operatic genre, including pieces by Mozart and Puccini.
The National Opera Studio
The National Opera Studio plays an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS is engaged by Arts Council England and the UK’s leading opera companies – English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.
Oriental Silk – Exclusive Documentary Screening
Friday 19 February will see us holding an exclusive screening of film maker and artist Xiaowen Zhu’s newest documentary, Oriental Silk. The documentary follows the story of Kenneth Wong, the current owner of the family-run store that was the first to import Chinese silk to the USA and Hollywood.
By invitation only