Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hantang Yuefu working with French ensemble to stage painting-inspired "nanguan" production

Denis Raisin Dadre, a French flutist specializing in Renaissance music, has brought to Taipei the Ensemble Doulce Memoire for costume fitting with Academy Award-winning designer Yip Kam Tim of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” fame in preparation for the staging of “Memoire des vents du sud” with the “nanguan” group Han Tang Yuefu Music and Dance Ensemble. Yip will also be in charge of the set design.

“Memoire des vents du sud” will breathe life to two famous Tang dynasty paintings devoted to the subject of traditional “nanguan (southern pipe or wind). “Tang Dynasty Musicians Performing in the Imperial Palace” is in the collection of the National Palace Museum in Taipei while “Tang Dynasty Musicians at Rehearsal” belongs to the Boston Museum.

Buddhist and Taoist music from the Tang Dynasty will blend with sacred western music dating from the 9th to the 14th century in the collaboration work. Dance moves traced to Tang dynasty operatic circle as well as to ancient French palace court will be incorporated.

A preview of the much-awaited cross-cultural production will be held at the Weiwuying in the premises of the National Theater and Concert Hall in southern Taiwan on October 17 and 18. The Taipei run will be at the National Palace Museum on October 30 and 31.

The Han Tang Yuefu led by Chen Mei-o worked with La Peniche Opera in Paris to realize “Le Jardin des Delices” in 1999.

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