Meridian: UCCA Spring Festival

2018.2.2 - 2018.2.4

Location:  UCCA Pavilion, UCCA Nave, UCCA Auditorium, UCCA Salon, UCCA Workshop

In celebration of the upcoming Spring Festival and the transition to the new year, UCCA presents a series of performances, talks, and workshops featuring artists who have reshaped our understanding of traditional Asian art.

Meridian takes its title from Traditional Chinese Medicine’s model of a body crisscrossed by channels that transport qi and blood, an alternative to Western anatomy which continues to be used today. Rather than understanding traditional art mediums as relics, we might view them as a network of intersecting past, present and future concerns. For this three-day festival, members of the public are invited to join artists and performers to explore the novel possibilities of traditional mediums, reexamining their assumptions about these mediums, learning about the ways in which traditional techniques are used in contemporary art, and mapping out the development of these art forms within varying spatial and temporal contexts.

Schedule

2.2 (Fri)  Opening Party Performances

2.3 (Sat)  Public Performances and Film Screening

2.4 (Sun)  Workshop and Talk

Opening Party Performances

Martial Art in Dance: WUShu

Type of Event: Performance

Time: 19:00-20:10

Location: UCCA Pavilion

Collaborator:
ZhaoLiang ART

Event Introduction:
Meridian: UCCA Spring Festival at UCCA will kick off with the Beijing premiere of Zhao Liang’s “Martial Art in Dance: WUshu.” “WUShu,” choreographed and produced by independent dance studio ZhaoLiang ART, is Director Zhao Liang’s latest production since his “Soul & Desire Trilogy,” and was the only dance piece commissioned by 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. By exploring the relationship between Tai Chi and Cha Quan with weapons like broadswords, spears, rods, and swords, the physical contact leads to their fusion, creating a balance between martial arts and dance, rigidity and placidity, separation and reunion, creation and destruction.

The words for martial art and dance are phonetically analogous in Chinese, having distinct manifestations, but growing from a common root. Martial artists know when to attack and when to defend, and to emphasize the connection between the self and the external world. Dancers are versed in the relationship between motion and stillness, placing themselves in the space separating human confusion and spiritual inquiries to the universe. “Martial Art in Dance: WUShu” seeks to combine martial arts and dance, dissolving the boundary between them by returning to the core of physical movement.

“Martial Art in Dance: WUShu” both honors and reinterprets traditional Chinese culture, endeavoring “change its form but keep its essence.” The movement from chaos to order, the flights and falls of the mind, and the intake and outtake of breath, are all reflected in this performance.

Creative Team:
Zhao Liang (Choreographer), thruoutin (Composer) , Liu Hengzhi (Lighting Designer), Wudi (Scenic Designer), Wang Jia (Stylist)

Performers:
Li Yu (Performer: Cudgel), Gong Xingxing (Performer: Sword), Zhang Kun (Performer: Broadsword), Zhang Zhenguo (Performer: Spear), Liao Yuanwu (Performer: Sword), Li Nan (Performer: Broadsword), Cao Peizhong (Performer: Tai Chi), Aiys Song (Special Guest Cellist)

Ticketing:
120 RMB/Adult
100 RMB/UCCA Member

*Enjoy UCCA Member ticket prices with the purchase of a yearly membership card (RMB 300);
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
*Please no late entry;
*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

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Plucked Ink

Type of Event: Performance

Time: 20:20-21:00

Location: UCCA Nave

Event Introduction:
Mami and Tokyo Ghetto Shamisen are a young Japanese performance duo, incorporating Japanese calligraphy, graffiti, traditional shamisen melodies, and contemporary music all into a single performance, celebrating and reimagining their possibilities.

Performers:

Mami (Calligrapher), Sakata Atsushi aka Tokyo Ghetto Shamisen (Shamisen Musician)

Language: n/a

Ticketing:
Free

*Seating is limited; ticket-holders for WUShu, and those who have reserved a space online enjoy priority seating;
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
*Please no late entry;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

Public Performances and Film Screening

Public Performance: Brush and Strings

Type of Event: Performances

Location: UCCA Nave

Times: 14:00-15:00, 17:00-18:00

Event Introduction:
UCCA presents two free public performances featuring Japanese calligrapher Mami, Japanese Shamisen musician Sakata Atsushi aka Tokyo Ghetto Shamisen, and the Far Wind Chamber Music Ensemble. Brush and Strings, the title of the performance, refers to the East Asian stringed instruments and calligraphy featured therein, hinting at the new possibilities emerging from the collaboration of these traditional art and musical forms and allowing audience members to discover both how they have evolved both in and beyond East Asia.

Performers

Mami (Calligrapher), Sakata Atsushi aka Tokyo Ghetto Shamisen (Shamisen Musician), Far Wind Chamber Music Ensemble: Li Liangzi (Zheng Musician), Li Cangxiao (Erhu Musician), Liu Fanhe (Pipa Musician)

Language: n/a

Ticketing: Free

*Seating is limited; ticket-holders for Sky Ladder and the current exhibition enjoy priority seating;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

Documentary Screening Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Event Type: Screening

Time: 15:30-17:00

Location: UCCA Auditorium

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Runtime: 76 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Country: China/USA
Language: Chinese, English
Subtitles: Chinese with Chinese and English subtitles

Synopsis: Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and vigilant observers, Sky Ladder captures the work and life of the Cai Guo-Qiang, whose frequent use of gunpowder serves as both an ancestral homage and an acknowledgement of humanity's fleeting nature. Cai engineers ambitious, large-scale artworks that transcend physical permanence, etching themselves into the viewer's memory. Sky Ladder also looks at the reasons behind Cai's meteoric rise to fame and the widespread appeal of his art.

Language:
Chinese with Chinese and English subtitles

Ticketing:
40 RMB/Adult
30 RMB/UCCA member

*Enjoy UCCA Member ticket prices with the purchase of a yearly membership card (RMB 300);
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
*Please no late entry;
*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

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Workshop and Talk

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Type of Event: Workshop

Time: 13:00-15:00

Location: UCCA Salon

Event Introduction:
UCCA invites Japanese artist Mami to teach a public workshop comparing and contrasting the development of calligraphy in China and Japan, with a focus on how Chinese characters are the foundation for hiragana, a Japanese alphabet. Participants will join Mami in writing Chinese calligraphy, then transforming the hanzi into hiragana. All materials will be provided, and no experience is required for participants.

Language:
Japanese with Chinese and English translation

Ticketing:
60 RMB/Adult
30 RMB/UCCA member

*No experience is required;
*All materials will be provided;
*Workshop open to adults and children ages 12 and up;
*Enjoy UCCA Member ticket prices with the purchase of a yearly membership card (RMB 300);
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
*Please no late entry;
*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

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Creators Talk: Tradition Revisited

Type of Event: Conversation

Time: 15:00-17:00

Location: UCCA Workshop

Event Introduction:
For the final event in the festival, UCCA welcomes dancer and choreographer Hou Ying, artist Hu Xiaoyuan, architect Shuhei Aoyama, and poet Xi Chuan, renowned figures from different creative fields, to discuss how they each utilize traditional Chinese mediums in their work. How do they choose to reinterpret “preservation” of traditional forms? How have they fused techniques and content from traditional and contemporary Chinese art and writing? What is the value of this integration? How can traditional mediums be revitalized in an ever-shifting world? The talk will be moderated by UCCA curator Yang Zi.

Speakers:

Hou Ying (Choreographer), Hu Xiaoyuan (Artist), Shuhei Aoyama (Architect), Xi Chuan (Poet)

Moderator:

Yang Zi (UCCA Curator)

Language:
Chinese only

Ticketing:
Free

*Seating is limited; participants of the Japanese Calligraphy Workshop, and those who have reserved a place online enjoy priority seating;
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
*Please no late entry;
*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

Special Thanks to

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