Creative China Festival

About the Creative China Festival 2018

Co-organized by Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) and Creative China Center (CCC) in New York, the 2nd annual Creative China Festival (CCF) is taking place September 2018 to March 2019 in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle.


Supported by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, CCF is committed to becoming a platform to nurture innovative creators and foster in-depth collaborations between China and the US in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. Compelling works from a new generation of Chinese artists provide an infusion of vitality to America’s cultural diversity. Governments, cultural institutions, and businesses jointly explore ways of fostering multi-layered cooperation in public culture as well as in the creative industries.

With the theme “China Now! New Era,” CCF shares the influential and dynamic works of Chinese contemporary arts and culture through forms including discussions, films, dances, theater, music, design, art, youth program, artist talks, workshops, fellowships, family programs, publication grants, US arts delegations to China, and arts study tours. In addition to the two key areas of films and discussions, CCF2018 launches new initiatives for dance, theatre, and youth programs.

Presenting new works and performances with a dozen world and US premieres, the festival features trailblazing artists including theater directors Meng Jinghui, Li Ning, Liu Chang, performer Huang Xiangli, and Black Cat Theatre; film directors Wang Bing, Huang Ji, Yang Mingming, Yang Lina, Bai Xue, Li Xiaofeng, Liu Jian, Pema Tsedan; dancers Wen Hui, Wang Yabing; and musicians Wu Na, Chang Jing, Cai Jindong, Tian Bonian, Guo Wenjing, Qin Wenchen, Li Binyang, Chen Xinruo, Jia Guoping, Tang Jianping, Chang Ping, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and Ye Xiaogang, among many others. Leading Chinese entrepreneurs from Tencent Group and iQIYI also share their vision with their American counterparts. The festival aims to showcase Chinese artists’ observations and attitudes toward the current world and culture.

CCF was initiated in 2017. It featured collaborations with 28 Institutions and a series of 56 dynamic events (film, music, art, design, forums and city programs in New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco), that attracted over 230,000 visitors. US Ambassador to China Mr. Terry Branstad hailed the Creative China Festival as “top-level, highly acclaimed and overwhelmingly successful, promoting friendship and good will between the US and China.” 

On May 21, 2018, during the preparation for the CCF, the US Embassy in China sent an official letter to the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism and BCAF, expressing its support: “Numerous top-level American and Chinese institutions will bring together a combination of highly-acclaimed and emerging artists, designers, film directors and intellectuals. This is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of cultural exchanges between the United States and China. We would like to thank BCAF for showcasing contemporary Chinese art and culture in the United States during this international festival promoting friendship and good will between US and China.”

“We believe in and support the power of the arts to encourage open-minded thinking, encouraging actions that lead to a better world, characterized by the shared values of creativity, vitality, truth, and strength. We believe that art can inspire people regardless of nationality, race, language, politics, or ideologies. It can bring about dialogue and conversations, evoking emotions, challenging norms and encourage understanding,” said Cui Qiao, President of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation. “We hope that audiences will engage with the range of cultural programs on offer at CCF2018 and come to a greater understanding of contemporary China, a country of diverse stories with a rich, varied and exciting range of young artists, creators, and makers.”




CHINA-US CULTURAL FORUMS


In collaboration with the Asian Cultural Council, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Asia Society, and New York Foundation for the Arts, CCF2018 organizes two China-US cultural forums, focusing on two topics — “China-US Cultural Investment” at Asia Society on October 28 and “International Artist Residencies” at La Mama Galleria on October 12.

China-US Cultural Investment Forum

Co-organizer: Asia Society

Where: Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City, USA

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Registration: www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events

China has seen exponential growth in the past twenty years, and many of the new generation of entrepreneurs and investors are beginning to shift their focus to the cultural sector. The Forum will gather a group of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and arts professionals from China and the United States to highlight the role of culture in cultivating new talents and creativity for the society, and to share organization and management models between China and the United States.

Through a series of engaging presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities, the Forum aims to identify new prospects for cultural investment that have emerged in recent years and establish a long term collaborative platform between the U.S. and China.


International Artist Residencies

Co-organizers: Asian Cultural Council, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Academic Supporter: New York Foundation for the Arts

Where: La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10003

When: Friday, October 12, 2018, 1PM - 8PM

Registration: Free, email to shao.yixue@bcaf.org.cn

The Asian Cultural Council, the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, and La MaMa E.T.C. are committed to providing support and resources for artists and arts professionals. We believe that international cultural exchange is a powerful tool bringing benefit both to the individual artist, the communities in the exchange country, and their communities at home. Artist residency programs committed to the exchange of artists between China and the U.S. present opportunities for building relationships. To explore the possibilities of artist residency programs, we are gathering arts professionals who design and run residencies alongside artists who have participated in such programs for three panel sessions and discussion. The purpose of this gathering is to promote dialogue and learning to create effective opportunities for the future.

Introductory Remarks

Mia Yoo, Artistic Director, La MaMa E.T.C.

Cui Qiao, President, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation

Miho Walsh, Executive Director, Asian Cultural Council

Keynote Speech: Ping Chong, Artistic Director, Ping Chong + Company

Panel 1: Artist Residencies and Community Engagement

Moderator: Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America

Panelists: 
    Mia Yoo, Artistic Director, La MaMa E.T.C.
    Jay Brown, Founder/Director, Lijiang Studio
    Fito Segrera, Head of Research and Creation, Chronus Art Center (CAC)

Panel 2: The Experience of the Residency

Moderator: Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive

Panelists: 
    Jennifer Wen Ma, Visual artist
    Li Mu, Visual artist
    Ursula Eagly, Dancer/choreographer

Panel 3: After the Residency

Moderator: Cecily Cook, Director of Programs, Asian Cultural Council 

Panelists: 
    David Diamond, Curator, La MaMa Umbria International Programs
    Susan Hapgood, Executive Director, International Studio & Curatorial Program  
    René Lorenceau, CEO, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency

Closing Remarks

Karen Wong, Deputy Director, New Museum 




FILM PROGRAM

CCF2018 Film Program is composed of two sections — “Chinese Art Film Festival” (Bai Xue, Huang Ji, Li Xiaofeng, Liu Jian, Pema Tsedan, Yang Mingming, Yang Lina) and “Film Retrospective of Wang Bing.” The collaborating institutions are the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Harvard Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archives, Wellesley College, Museum of the Moving Image, Anthology Archive Films, Asia Society, Metrograph, Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries, China Onscreen Biennial, California Institute of the Arts, REDCAT, San Diego Asian Film Festival, UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema, and Brattle Theatre.


Chinese Art Film Festival

Aiming to introduce a new generation of Chinese filmmakers’ independent work and thinking, the festival presents a lineup of young Chinese directors with different styles and unique characteristics. These directors have received awards at festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and the Busan International Film Festival. The featured filmmakers are Huang Ji, Yang Mingming, Yang Lina, Li Xiaofeng, Liu Jian, and Pema Tsedan. The film program is showcased at Asia Society in New York City from October 20 to 21, Metrograph from November 2 to 4, and tours to Brattle Theatre in Boston.

Ash

China/114mins/2017
Director: Li Xiaofeng
Screenplay: Li Xiaofeng, Xu Zhanxiong, Shen Yi, Wang Mu
Director of Photography: Joewi Verhoeven 
Cast: Luo Jin, Xin Peng, Jiang Peiyao, Nie Yuan


Synopsis

A decade ago, a medical student and a steelworker became friends when they chanced upon the same copy of Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection. Off the page, passion and hatred mingle, two murders are committed, and the friends part ways…

Director: Li Xiaofeng

Li studied filmmaking as Sint-Lukas Brussel. He is a renowned film critic and writer, penning the script for and starring in Zhang Yuan’s Dada’s Dance (2009, Sundance). Li’s directorial debut, Nezha (2014), premiered in the New Current Competition at Busan Film Festival and was nominated for Best New Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in the Taipei Golden Horse Awards.

Screening Info

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2PM - 4:30PM
What: Film screening + Q&A with director  
Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
Entry: Free, online registration (www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events)



Have a Nice Day

China/Animation/77mins/2017
Director/Screenplay: Liu Jian

Synopsis

The story takes place in a small southern city. When construction worker Zhang steals a large sum of money from his boss in an effort to save his relationship with his girlfriend, he sets off an unforeseeable series of events. After a string of comical but tragic encounters, the story comes to an unexpected conclusion…

Director: Liu Jian

Liu graduated from the Nanjing University of the Arts. In 2007, he established the Le-joy Animation Studio. His first feature-length animation work, Piercing I (2010), received numerous prestigious awards at film festivals across Asia and Europe, including the I Castelli Animati festival Fabrizio Bellocchio award and the Annecy International Animation Film festival competition. In 2017, his second feature-length animation work, Have A Nice Day (2017) premiered in Berlin International Film Festival competition. It received high reputation from film festivals and critics.

Screening Info

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5PM - 8PM  

What: Film screening + Q&A with director
Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
Entry: Free, online registration (www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events)


Girls Always Happy

China/117mins/2018
Director: Yang Mingming
Cinematographer: Shen Xiaomin
Cast: Nai An, Yang Mingming, Zhang Xianmin, Li Qinqin, Huang Wei, Yuan Li, Li Wenbo


Awards

The Best Director Award, the 20th Seoul International Women's Film Festival

Synopsis

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Wu rents a house in a Beijing hutong. She is excited about living alone until her mother moves in with her. A bizarre war sets off between them, disrupting every aspect of their lives. The two women, feeling extremely insecure, launch salvos against one another. Each begins a romance, but their struggle to peacefully coexist is not without challenges.

Director: Yang Mingming

In 2012, Yang directed, shot, and starred in her short debut Female Directors, showcasing her use of subversive creative concepts and her skilled use of filmography. The film seamlessly bound hyper-real performance with a fictional plot. In 2017, Girls Always Happy was the first artistic feature written, directed, and performed by Yang. It premiered at Panorama of 68th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for best first feature. In the same year, Girls Always Happy won the Firebird Award and FIPRESCI Award at Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Director at Seoul International Women’s Film Festival.

Screening Info

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4PM - 6:30PM
What: Film screening + Q&A with director
Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
Ticketing: www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events


The Foolish Bird

China/118mins/2017

Director/Screenplay: Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka
Cast: Yao Honggui


Awards 
Special Mention of Generation 14plus international Jury, 67th Berlin International Film Festival  
Synopsis
A 16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn’t know. As she takes more risks, her first sexual experience ends in tragedy. 

Directors:
Huang Ji
Huang studied screenwriting in Beijing Film Academy. In 2009, she directed her first short film, The Warmth of Orange Peel, which was selected by the Generation program of the 60th Berlinale. Her feature directorial debut, Egg and Stone won the Hivos Tiger Awards. In 2017, her second feature film The Foolish Bird won the 67th Berlin International Film Festival Special Mention of Generation 14plus international Jury.


Ryuji Otsuka
Working as the director, scriptwriter, cinematographer, and producer of The Foolish Bird, Otsuka won the Best Artistic Originality at the 12th First International Film Festival. He has produced and filmed all of Huang Ji’s films. He has also worked as a cinematographer on films including Judge (2009 Venice Film Festival) and When Night Falls (2018 New York Film Festival).


Screening Info

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 
What: Film screening + Q&A with director
Where: Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Ticketing: www.metrograph.com


Longing For The Rain
China/104mins/2013
Director/Screenplay: Yang Lina
Cast: Zhao Siyuan, Fu Jia, Dej Pongpazroj, Xue Hong

Awards
Official Tiger Award nomination, Rotterdam Film Festival 2013
Synopsis
Fang Lei is a housewife who leads a peaceful and affluent life with her husband and daughter, yet she spends her days masturbating. One day, she dreams about a man who changes her life. The man makes love to her. Each time they meet is a completely different experience. She becomes so addicted to him that things between them begin to spiral out of control…

Old Men
China/documentary/94mins/1999
Director: Yang Lina

Awards

Award of Excellence, 2000 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival  
Synopsis
Old Men is an intimate ethnographic portrait of elderly men in China. In 1996, filmmaker Yang Lina moved into the Qing Ta district of Beijing. There she noticed a fixture of the community — a group that gathered every day on the sidewalk. Finding beauty in their community, she began to document these retirees, referring to them as daye (old men) – a Chinese term of respect and endearment.
Director: Yang Lina
Born in 1972, Yang graduated from the Art Academy of the People’s Liberation Army. She has danced and acted in numerous ballets, theater plays, and feature films, including Jia Zhangke’s Platform. Yang started her work as an independent documentary filmmaker in 1997. Her first film, Old Men, about the daily life and loneliness of her old neighbors, was critically acclaimed internationally. Her first feature film Longing for the Rain was selected by the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Hong Kong International Film Festival. Her latest film, Spring Tide, is in final production and was nominated for the 2017 Golden Horse Film Project Promotion.

Screening Info
When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
What: Film screening 
Where: Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Ticketing: www.metrograph.com


Film Retrospective of Wang Bing

BCAF China Art Film Fund supports Wang Bing, one of the most influential Chinese filmmakers and artists, to organize his first major career retrospective in the US. Wang will attend film screenings and Q&As in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Boston, etc. The retrospective covers the director’s significant and latest work: Mrs. Fang, winner of the Golden Leopard Prize at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival; 15 Hours, video installation exhibited at Documenta 14; Dead Souls, included in the Official Selection at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival; Three Sisters, the Best Movie in the Horizons section of the 2012 Venice Film Festival; 'Til Madness Do Us Part, winner of the Montgolfière d’or at 2013 Festival des 3 Continents; West of the Tracks, Wang’s groundbreaking work in 2013; and Beauty Lives in Freedom, his latest work filmed in the US in 2018.
 
About Wang Bing
Born in 1967 in Xi’an, Wang is one of the foremost contemporary documentary filmmakers working today. His films are about important moments in Chinese history, focusing special attention on the stories small and great of those who personally suffer from the tragic consequences of specific historical events. In addition to documentaries, Wang has also made fiction films, video installation, and photographs.

Wang garnered awards and international praise at leading international film festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Locarno International Film Festival. In 2006, Wang Bing was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2014, he served as Jury President of the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2016, he was a jury member of the Locarno Film Festival’s competition, and he won the Golden Leopard there in 2017. In the same year, Wang’s works were acquired by and exhibited at important cultural institutions including documenta 14, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York and M+ in Hong Kong.

Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks  
Documentary/554mins/2003
Wang’s astonishing first film is a moving and engrossing chronicle of the slow, sinking death of the factory towns in China’s Northeast Shenyang province. Armed with only a handheld DV camera, Wang uses remarkable yet understated camera movements and compositions to capture the grueling factory life in three parts—Rust, Remnants, and Rails.


Three Sisters  
Documentary/152mins/2012
This masterful documentary from Wang Bing is an intimate, observational portrait of a peasant family eking out a humble existence in a small village. The film is set against the stunning mountain landscapes of China’s Yunnan province.

‘Til Madness Do Us Part
Documentary/238mins/2013
Within the gates of an isolated mental institution in China's Yunnan province, patients are confined to a single floor of a building. Once locked in, with little contact from the outside world, anything may happen. 

Mrs. Fang 
Documentary/86mins/2017
Fang Xiuying was a farmer born in Huzhou, Fujian in 1948. She suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last eight years of her life. The film documents her life for a period in 2015, and then in 2016 during the last ten days of her life.

15 Hours
Video art/900mins/2017
15 Hours was filmed in a major garment industry hub in Zhejiang where over 200,000 migrant workers are employed all year round in 18,000 small workshops. The camera faithfully records the full fifteen hours of a working day.

Dead Souls
Documentary/496mins/2018
Dead Souls documents the testimony of survivors of a hard-labor camp in the Gobi Desert located in Gansu, China. Shot from 2005 to 2017, the movie was filmed in most of China's provinces with visits to more than 120 survivors of the Jiabiangou and Mingshui re-education camps.




PERFORMANCES


CCF2018’s performing arts section is comprised of dance and theatre. In collaboration with the Beijing Fringe Festival, Meng Jinghui Theatre Studio, and Seattle-based lifestyle magazine WEGET, Meng Jinghui’s four works Nine and A Half Love, Rhinoceros in Love, I Love XXX, and Head without Tail, will be presented in New York City, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Moreover, in collaboration with the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, CCF invites leading theater professionals from the US to view the latest productions of Chinese contemporary theater. In 2019, together with La Mama E.T.C., CCF will organize “Chinese Experimental Theater Week.”
In the dance section, choreographer Wen Hui’s documentary performance Red will premier at Asia Society from November 15 to 17, offering a critical examination of the Cultural Revolution through dance, oral histories and video documentation. New York University will host related academic talks and workshops on November 10. Another theatrical dance, The Moon Opera, created by Chinese dancer and choreographer Wang Yabin, will be featured on November 3 as an guest performance at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Based on a contemporary Chinese novel by Bi Feiyu, the dance drama integrates Chinese traditions with contemporary dance, tracing a Peking Opera performer’s winding spiritual journey.

Meng Jinghui Theatre Studio


About Meng Jinghui
As one of the most influential and celebrated Chinese theater directors, Meng Jinghui has become the touchstone for contemporary play production with his incisive wit and critical style, bringing new vitality to the theatre. Since the 1990s, he has put more than 40 works on stage, garnering widespread recognition from the public. He is also the founder and the Artistic Director of the Beijing Fringe Festival, Hangzhou Contemporary Theatre Festival, Shenzhen Biennale Theatre Festival and the Beijing Bee Hive Theatre, as well as co-founder of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival.


About the Work

Rhinoceros In Love

Ma Lu’s life was completely changed when an alluring and mysterious girl Mingming appeared before him. One night when rhinos were howling, Ma Lu kidnapped Mingming in the name of love…

Performance Info

Thursday, November 15, 7PM, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle

Saturday, November 17, 2:30PM & 7PM, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle

Tuesday, November 20, 7PM, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco

Saturday, November 24, 7PM, Tom Bradley Theatre, Los Angeles

Sunday, November 25, 2:30PM & 7PM, Tom Bradley Theatre, Los Angeles

Sunday, December 1, 2:30PM & 7PM, Irondale Center, NY

Wednesday, December 5, 7PM, John Hancock Hall, Boston

Ticketing: www.yamibuy.com


I Love XXX

I Love XXX is an experimental “anti-play” that uses repetition, rhythm, and word play to deconstruct language and historical events, imbued with the nostalgia of young people who came of age during China’s tumultuous revolutionary period.

Performance Info

Friday, November 16, 7PM, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle

Wednesday, November 21, 7PM, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco

Friday, November 30, 7PM, Irondale Center, NY

Ticketing: www.yamibuy.com


Head without Tail

This play is filled with fantastic characters driven by love: a worker in a toilet factory who elopes with an amateur gymnast; a wife driven crazy by jealousy; a man pushed to the brink of suicide by disappointment and the girl who saves him; and a burn victim whose plastic surgery transforms him into another person…

Performance Info

Thursday, November 29, 7PM, Irondale Center, NY

Tuesday, December 4, 7PM, John Hancock Hall, Boston

Ticketing: www.yamibuy.com


Nine and a Half Love

Based on a true revenge story in Southern China, this play is deeply influenced by Homer’s epics, Greek tragedy, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the memories of Duchamp, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Blind Chance, and others. Montaged narration mixes these poetries, myths, allegories, and classical works of literature together. As the story travels among different literary forms, different spaces and times are used to explore the story’s complexity.

Performance Info

December 14 - 16,  Asia Society

Ticketing: www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events


Red, by Wen Hui

About the Artistic Director: Wen Hui

Wen Hui is a choreographer, dancer and documentary filmmaker; a pioneer of China’s modern dance. She founded the Living Dance Studio in 1994. In 2005, she and Wu Wenguang cofounded the Caochangdi Workstation in Beijing, and the annual Crossing Festival. Wen studied choreography at the Beijing Dance Academy. In 1994, she went to New York to study modern dance. From 1997 to 1998, she continued her practice and research in New York through a fellowship from Asian Cultural Council. From 1999 to 2000, she joined Ralph Lemon’s Geography Trilogy. In 2004, her Report on the Body (2002) was awarded the ZKB Patronage Prize by Zürcher Theater Spektakel. In 2015, her work was presented at the China Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Wen’s work is often seen on stage at major international dance and theatre festivals. 

About the Work

Red (2015), choreographed by Wen Hui, is one of the latest works from the Beijing-based Living Dance Studio. As a documentary performance, its point of departure is derived from a nationally renowned ballet, The Red Detachment of Women, one of the eight revolutionary model theatrical works that formed the official cultural canon of the Cultural Revolution. Red uses a variety of documentary materials—publications, audio-visual clips, memorabilia from the original revolutionary model ballet, and interview footage—to not only evoke a special territory of memory but also to reactivate a living and lived archive within specific bodies: those of the performers, and those of people who experienced the Cultural Revolution. 

Body Workshop + Documentary Screening
Body Workshop
11:00 am: Performance Studies Studio, 721 Broadway, Room 612
Please wear clothing suitable for easy movement.
Screenings and Discussion
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
1:30 pm: The Village of Fools (Zou Xueping, 2014, 80min)
3:30 pm: The Monument of Huamulin (Li Xinmin, 2015, 74min)
4:45 pm: Dance with Third Grandmother (Wen Hui, 2016, 15min), followed by roundtable discussion with Wen Hui, Zou Xueping, Li Xinmin and Prof. Angela Zito (Anthropology, NYU), moderated by Prof. Zhen Zhang (Cinema Studies, NYU).
*
Free and open to the public.


Performance Info

When: November 15 - 17, 7:30PM, followed by Q&A

Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021

* November 15 - 16, 6:30PM - 7PM: Pre-show Lecture

* November 17, 4PM - 6:30PM: Pre-show Seminar

Ticketing: www.asiasociety.org/new-york/events

The Moon Opera, by Wang Yabin

About the Artistic Director: Wang Yabin

Wang Yabin is an extraordinary leading figure on stage of the contemporary Chinese dance. She is the founder and artistic director of Yabin Dance Studio. She has worked with numerous renowned choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Mark Haim, Tamara Rojo, and composers including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long and Tony Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. In 2014, Wang was commissioned by English National Ballet to choreograph a ballet for “She Said” in celebration of female choreographers which premiered in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells, London. Wang was also invited to participate in the American Dance Festival International Choreographers Residence. 

About the Work

Chinese traditions meet modern dance in The Moon Opera by Wang Yabin. Based on a novel by Bi Feiyu which tells a story of Xiao Yanqiu who is playing the lead in the classic Chinese opera Flying to the Moon, The Moon Opera is a dance drama in which Chinese traditions and contemporary endeavors complement each other in the manner of Yin and Yang. It leads to a sense of harmony between the extreme, contrasting emotions of jealousy, love and rejection beautifully expressed within the piece, through high-voltage, fiery, theatrical moments.

Performance Info

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8PM

Where: Byham Theater, 101 6th Street Pittsburgh PA 15222

Ticketing: https://trustarts.org/production/59601/yabin-wang-dance





VISUAL ART

In the Visual Art Section, CCF works with the Asian Cultural Council, Asia Society, James Cohan Gallery, Pace Gallery New York to facilitate further collaborations through art salons, exhibitions, publication support, and art residency fellowships.

Barbara Pollack — Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise

About the Event
The renowned critic Barbara Pollack presents the first book to tell the story of how these Chinese millennials, fast becoming global art superstars, negotiate their cultural heritage, and what this means for China’s impact on the future of global culture. Many young Chinese artists have declared they are “not Chinese, but global” —Pollack investigates just what that means for China, the art market, and the world. 

About Barbara Pollack
Barbara Pollack is an award-winning journalist, art critic, and curator who is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. Pollack’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Departures, Artnews, Art and Auction and Art in America, among many others. She has also written several ground-breaking monographs on young Chinese artists, including the first published artist profile of Ai Weiwei for Artnews in 2005. 

Info
When: Thursday, September 20, 6PM - 8PM
Where: James Cohan Gallery, 291 Grand Street, NY
What: Conversation with Weng Xiaoyu, the Robert H.N.Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Guggenheim Museum & book signing
When: Tuesday, September 25, 6PM - 8PM
Where: Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, NY
What: Gallery Talk & Book signing 


BCAF X ACC China-US Artist Residency Fellowship Program

Starting in 2018, BCAF will collaborate with the Asian Cultural Council to launch a 5-year China-US Artist Residency Fellowship Program that further supports communication and collaboration for a younger generation of artists from the US and China. The Asian Cultural Council works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. ACC awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars in three categories of cross-cultural exchange: Asia to the US, US to Asia, and intra-Asia.



MUSIC

CCF 2018 Music Section offers a highly eclectic tastes of Chinese music from traditional style to contemporary music genres such as rock, hip hop, pop, electronic dance music, and experimental country, and others, connecting the East and the West, the classical and the novel. BCAF and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will co-curate a program, featuring two young female musicians of Chinese ancient instruments — award-winning guqin player Wu Na and acclaimed guzheng player Chang Jing — to present an unusual medley of classical scores and modern improvisations. With the promotional support of CCF, the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music announces the inaugural season of the China Now Music Festival. With the world premiers of new works by seven Chinese contemporary composers at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music from contemporary China. The partnership will continue with the Modern Sky Festival. This seminal Chinese independent music festival will bring an exciting lineup of artists to New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

Modern Sky Festival

As a promotional partner, CCF has supported the Modern Sky Festival for performances in Rumsey Playfield at Central Park in New York on September 22, 2018 and Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles from November 10 through 11, 2018. The festival brings together a diverse lineup of artists including Edison CHEN, LU Guangzhong, CHEN Li, SONG Dongye, Tizzy T, Bohan Phoenix, Yao 13, Sunset Rollercoaster, BewhY, Se So Neon, P08, G0$H, and more. Musicians from a diverse array of genres, from hip-hop to pop to folk, will allow local audiences to experience Chinese contemporary music.

Info
When: September 22, 2018
Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, NYC
Ticketing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/modern-sky-festival-nyc-2018-tickets-47853936412
When: October 10 -11

Where: Santa Anita Park, Los Angeles


China Now Music Festival

With the theme “facing the past, looking to the future,” the inaugural season of the China Now Music Festival, organized by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, unveils a series of music concerts and academic activities from October 19 through 22, 2018 in New York. The festival is part of Bard’s partnership with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and its five-year Chinese Music Development Initiative. Under the guidance of the festival artistic director Cai Jindong, the festival program includes world premieres of two works by composers from the Central Conservatory of Music, plus the US premieres of Chen Yi and Zhou Long’s symphony Humen 1839, and Ye Xiaogang’s My Faraway Nanjing for cello and orchestra. Seven composers including Guo Wenjing, Qin Wenchen, Li Binyang, Chen Xinruo, Jia Guoping, Tang Jianping, and Chang Ping have been commissioned to compose new works that will receive their world premieres during the festival. China Institute also hosts a panel discussion featuring composers Ye Xiaogang, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and Tony Fok, writer Su Wei, and festival Artistic Director Cai Jindong.

Performance Info

When (concert): Friday, October 19, 2018, 8PM

When (pre-show lecture): Friday, October 19, 2018, 7PM

Where: Fisher Center for Performing Arts, Bard College

Ticketing: fishercenter.bard.edu 

When (concert): Sunday October 21, 2018, 3PM

When (pre-show lecture): Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2PM

Where: David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

Ticketing: lincolncenter.org

When (concert): Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:30PM

When (pre-show lecture): Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30PM

Where: Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall

Ticketing: carnegiehall.org

When (seminar): Saturday, October 20, 2018, noon - 2PM

Where: China Institute, 100 Washington St, New York, NY 10006

Registration: Call: 212-744-8181 ext.138 or email: anicholson@chinainstitute.org


Sound and View

On the occasion of the Chinese New Year 2019, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art co-curate the music concert “Sound and View” on February 5, featuring the musicians Wu Na and Chang Jing. Hailing from China, Wu Na and Chang Jing elicit the sounds of nature — mountains, water, wind, and moon — on traditional Chinese instruments through the artistry of zither. The feeling of sonic scenery will capture the audience in this Lunar New Year celebration. This program is presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About WU Na
Wu Na is an award-winning guqin player. In 1997, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she majored in guqin. Wu’s dual education in both Chinese and Western music has inspired her to seek a new voice for guqin in contemporary music, and she has performed and recorded with jazz, rock, experimental, and classical musicians. Wu has made several brief performance tours in Asia and Europe. In 2008, Wu received a scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council to research contemporary art and music in the U.S. In 2010, the series "Guqin Theater — Anthology of Wu Na" was launched, inviting artists and musicians from all over the world to participate in a dialogue with guqin. In 2016, she founded China's first online education platform for guqin — the QIN Academy.

About CHANG Jing
A virtuoso and nationally recognized guzheng performer, Chang Jing is the Royal Instructor of Music for the Princess of Thailand. During the Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2008, Chang performed solo in the work, “A Moonlit Flowery Night on the Spring River,” leaving a deep impression to audiences worldwide. Chang’s beautiful flowing music reminds one of a dreamlike Chinese landscape painting. Chang has created her own style, which breaks down the boundaries between Chinese and Western music. Through her unique performance style, mixing vocal and instrumental work, Chang introduces ancient Chinese culture and guzheng music to the world in a brand new way.

Performance Info
When (concert): Tuesday, Februray 5, 2019, 6PM
Where: The Metropolitan Museum
Ticketing: www.metmuseum.org/events




DESIGN

BCAF collaborates with the Parsons School of design to launch a designated fellowship “BCAF-Parsons International Fellowship” to facilitate international collaborations and offer entrepreneurial opportunities among young design talents. Parsons School of Design has offered students innovative approaches to education since its founding in 1896. The New School was founded in 1919 as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading university offering some of the nation's best-respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in design, the social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts. Parsons School of Design enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society. Students collaborate with peers throughout The New School, industry partners, and communities around the world and in New York City, a global center of art, design, and business. Parsons School of Design at The New School has been ranked the best art and design school in the country according to QS World University Rankings.




YOUTH PROGRAM
Art education is an essential element of international cultural exchange. BCAF and Aphrodite Art Education. in New York will co-curate the overseas youth art trip to the US in an effort to spark kids’ imaginations and nurture their appreciation for the arts. On the occasion of 2019 Chinese New Year, together with Asia Society and Liberty 28 of Fosun Group, BCAF will co-organize family programs and a Chinese cuisine tasting event.

US East Coast Art Trip

BCAF and Aphrodite Art Education are launching the “US East Coast Art Trip” for Chinese teenagers. Aligning with CCF’s mission of cultural exchanges, the youth art trip promotes the cultural understanding across continents with a special focus on art education. Participating groups will visit New York City, Washington DC, and New Haven. Under the guidance of professionals with art education degrees, the visiting group will experience dynamic and authentic American art education practices by visiting top universities, seeing world-class museums, and participating in diverse art-making activities.

Chinese New Year Family Program

In a celebration of the Chinese New Year 2019, CCF and Asia Society will co-organize a series of family programs. Together with Liberty 28, CCF will bring open-air cultural events and food tasting parties to Liberty 28 Plaza in New York. The event “Taste of China” will invite New Yorkers to explore Chinese cuisine, lifestyle, wine, and spirits under a festive atmosphere.