Interactiv​e Peking Opera Night at Temple Theatre – Feb 4th 2012

RAS LECTURE
Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 7.00pm
Tavern, sale Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel 78 Xing Guo Road, advice Shanghai
兴国宾馆 上海市兴国路78号

MATTHEW NIEDERHAUSER

COUNTERFEIT PARADISES: YOUTH CULTURE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

A new wave of Chinese musicians is taking Beijing by storm. Revolving around four venues spread across the city, try this burgeoning group of performers are working outside government-controlled media channels, and in the process, capturing the attention of the international music community. They now constitute a fresh, independent voice in a country renowned for creative conformity and saccharine Cantonese pop. Photographer Matthew Niederhauser captured the energy of this innovative orgy gripping Beijing’s music underground in his book Sound Kapital which features portraiture and concert photography of Beijing’s underground music scene.

Two other ongoing projects will be illustrated, “Visions of Modernity: China’s Gilded Age” and “Counterfeit Paradises”, investigations of mega block urban development and concomitant consumer trends. Matthew’s photography investigates the darker sides of this unprecedented explosion in wealth creation and infrastructure development.

Matthew first studied Chinese in high school where he was greatly inspired by his teacher’s experience during the Cultural Revolution and quickly became fascinated with the country’s history and philosophical traditions. After spending a year with a host family in Beijing in 2000, he commenced his studies at Columbia where he immersed himself in the anthropology department and wrote his thesis on urban development and the role of cultural tourism in integrating rural communities into central economic systems in Tibet. He then continued his work researching for the National Committee on US-China Relations and assistant teaching at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then his work on urban development and youth culture in China has appeared in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Observer amongst many others.
Entrance: RMB 30.00 (RAS members) and RMB 80.00 (non-members) those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for exemption, prior to the RAS Lecture Series. Membership applications and membership renewals will be available at these events.
RSVP: to RAS Bookings at: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn

RAS LECTURE
Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 7.00pm
Tavern, sale Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel 78 Xing Guo Road, advice Shanghai
兴国宾馆 上海市兴国路78号

MATTHEW NIEDERHAUSER

COUNTERFEIT PARADISES: YOUTH CULTURE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

A new wave of Chinese musicians is taking Beijing by storm. Revolving around four venues spread across the city, try this burgeoning group of performers are working outside government-controlled media channels, and in the process, capturing the attention of the international music community. They now constitute a fresh, independent voice in a country renowned for creative conformity and saccharine Cantonese pop. Photographer Matthew Niederhauser captured the energy of this innovative orgy gripping Beijing’s music underground in his book Sound Kapital which features portraiture and concert photography of Beijing’s underground music scene.

Two other ongoing projects will be illustrated, “Visions of Modernity: China’s Gilded Age” and “Counterfeit Paradises”, investigations of mega block urban development and concomitant consumer trends. Matthew’s photography investigates the darker sides of this unprecedented explosion in wealth creation and infrastructure development.

Matthew first studied Chinese in high school where he was greatly inspired by his teacher’s experience during the Cultural Revolution and quickly became fascinated with the country’s history and philosophical traditions. After spending a year with a host family in Beijing in 2000, he commenced his studies at Columbia where he immersed himself in the anthropology department and wrote his thesis on urban development and the role of cultural tourism in integrating rural communities into central economic systems in Tibet. He then continued his work researching for the National Committee on US-China Relations and assistant teaching at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then his work on urban development and youth culture in China has appeared in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Observer amongst many others.
Entrance: RMB 30.00 (RAS members) and RMB 80.00 (non-members) those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for exemption, prior to the RAS Lecture Series. Membership applications and membership renewals will be available at these events.
RSVP: to RAS Bookings at: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn

Dear Friends, rehabilitation

Last month, we were honored to launch Project Pengyou at the magnificent Beijing Temple Theatre (Zhengyici). The Temple Theatre is a historical relic, and home to 300 years of Peking Opera. Now is your chance to see this hidden gem in all its original glory!

Please join us for an amazing night of Chinese culture on Saturday, February 4th, 2012. For one night only, Zhengyici will take guests behind the scenes of Peking Opera.

Learn the Secrets of an Ancient Art

The best Peking Opera performers in China will teach guests the meanings behind their intricate movements and gestures. (This will be in both English and Chinese)

Become a Peking Opera Star

Some lucky guests will get to wear authentic Peking Opera makeup and costumes, and perform with professionals on stage!

The Legend of Lady Plum Blossom

Afterwards, Zhengyici Opera Troupe will perform this tale of timeless love and betrayal set in the Tang Dynasty. Lady Plum Blossom is the favorite consort of Emperor Li. However, she is driven to suicide by a jealous rival. Fast forward several hundred years and the lovers are reincarnated. Will they meet the same fate?

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with some of China’s most talented actors. Bring your cameras, it will be a memorable evening!

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

 6:00pm – 9:00pm

6pm: Enjoy traditional snacks, folk music and networking

7pm: Peking Opera workshop

8pm: Performance by Zhengyici Opera Troupe

TICKETS: Please visit this Eventbrite page for ticket prices and ordering: http://beijingtempletheatre.eventbrite.com/

Tickets will be delivered to your address in Beijing. Payment is collected on delivery.

LOCATION: Beijing Temple Theatre (Zhengyici 正乙祠戏楼)

220 Qianmen Xiheyan St.

Phone: +86 10 8315 1650

Map: see attached

About Beijing Temple Theater

This year marks the 300th Anniversary of Beijing Temple theater (Zhengyici), home of the best Peking Opera performers in China.

Located in the heart of the Qianmen area, the Zhengyici theatre was built in 1688 during the Qing Dynasty. Originally the site of a Ming-era Buddhist temple, it is one of the oldest wooden theatres in China. It has been the home of the greatest performers in Peking Opera, including the most famous actor and grandmaster of the genre, Mei Lanfang. Zhengyici provides a view of Peking Opera in its heyday, continuing the tradition of one of China’s most treasured art forms.

For more info, please visit their website (Chinese): http://www.templetheatre.com.cn/

Beijing Today article: http://www.beijingtoday.com.cn/center-stage/new-acts-revive-an-old-theater

QUESTIONS: Please email info@goldenbridges.org