China’s Performing Arts In The 21st Century: A Marriage Of Tradition & Modernity, East & West
On February 13, the USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk with Alison Friedman to discuss how China is searching for a new globalized contemporary identity through music, dance and theater. Covering an historic arc that reaches from the Cultural Revolution to the 2008 Olympic Games, Friedman — founding director of Beijing-based Ping Pong Productions — looks at how China is searching for a new globalized contemporary identity through music, dance and theater. Examples of artists navigating this search include world-famous classical musicians like Lang Lang and Tan Dun as well as less well-known underground ‘Chinese indie’ musicians such as Xiao He and the performing artist collective ZuHe Niao.
Ms. Friedman also addresses how performing artists are combining traditional Chinese forms with new influences from the west – or not! – as well as the role of international partners in the field, including festivals, collaborators, funding bodies, and Embassies, and how the international community is affecting China’s contemporary performing arts scene, for better or worse.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something – Red?
February 13, 2013, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Taper Hall (THH) 116
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089