Asia Society featured

US Premiere

Music, Film

January 13

Shanghai / New York: Future Histories 2
Xi Ban & Pi Huang Club (China)

Performance Space 122, Asia Society, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) come together for a second year of collaboration through multidisciplinary, music- focused emerging Chinese artists Xi Ban and Pi Huang Club.

Wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between traditional idioms and pop culture references.

Drawing parallel lines between Qi-style Peking Opera and southern blues, Pi Huang Club matches the two main tones of this ancient performance with similarities in this distinctly American form.

Co-curated with Rachel Cooper.

“studio theatre forges boundless new power…” — Shanghai Weekly

Info about Xi Ban & Pi Huang Club coming soon!

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China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), which is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and organized by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, is the only states-level International Arts Festival in China. Since 1999, driven by the concept of “innovation and development” with the emphasis on brand-effect development, CSIAF has grown into a flagship project for cultural exchange as well as one of the most influential festivals in the international art circles.
The China Shanghai International Arts Festival is held from Mid-October to Mid-November every year. The Festival consists of several sections, including stage performances, exhibitions, the Arts Space performance Series, performing arts fair, forums and seminars, public cultural activities, festivals in the Festival, and the Young Talents Program called “R.A.W.!”(Rising Artists’ Works). With a Galaxy of artistic classics an well as a dazzling display of original works and creative cultures, the arts festival will consistently present the most fabulous and splendid art feast to the audience from home and abroad.
Many masters and superstars have presented their excellent programs on the stage including the great conductors Zubin Mehta, the pianist Lang Lang, the cellists Mischa Maisky and Yo-Yo Ma, the violinist Itzak Perlman, the choreographer Alvin Ailey, etc. Plenty of world-renowned orchestras and ballet companies including Berliner Philharmoniker, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Nederlands Dans Theater, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, etc. have left their classical charms on the festival stage.

Asia Society is located in the Manhattan neighborhood of the Upper East Side, which is host to some of the most famous museums in the world including the Met and Guggenheim.

Some PS122 staff recommendations for dining in the area are The East Pole located at 133 East 65th Street and Bel Ami Cafe located at 30 East 68th Street.

Shanghai / New York: Future Histories 2 is a major arts project of Shanghai Municipal Government sponsored by Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation. All participating artists are within RAW (Rising Artists Works), a new series of the CSIAF and a platform that develops new ideas and emerging artists from across China.

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