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THURS, MAY 25: "CHINA'S PERFORMING ARTS" BY NANCY PELLEGRINI

China’s Performing Arts Through the Eyes of Chinese Performing Artists

RASBJ members are invited to this special event co-organized with Chevening Alumni at the Bell and the British Chamber of Commerce. Using images and original quotes from China's greatest performers, Nancy Pellegrini outlines the development of performing arts in China. She presents personal reminiscences from pianist Yin Chengzong, who played piano in Tiananmen Square at the height of the Cultural Revolution; from former ballet director Zhao Ruheng, who walked from village to village and danced on stages of rocks and dirt; from conductor Li Delun, who brought classical music to China via a two-year journey on donkeys through the heartland; from bass-baritone Tian Haojiang, who went from shouting propaganda slogans in factories to singing at the Met; and others. These touching, heartfelt, and sometimes painful stories shed light on the country’s unusual and sometimes torturous path to their current place on the world stage.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25 6:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: The Bell Pub, The British Embassy, 11 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District

RSVP: email Cheveningevents.beijing@fco.gov.uk by noon Monday 22nd May, providing full name, gender and passport or ID number. THIS INVITATION IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY; PLEASE BRING YOUR PHOTO ID TO GAIN ENTRY

ENTRY:  Free to Chevening Alumni and members of the RASBJ and British Chamber of Commerce

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Originally from Long Island, New York, Nancy Pellegrini has worked in Europe and Asia for over two decades and has been covering China’s performing arts and classical music scene since 2005. She is the stage editor and writer for Time Out Beijing and Time Out Shanghai magazines and the author of the Penguin Special The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own (Penguin Random House 2016). She has written on China’s art and culture for Christian Science MonitorSouth China Morning PostBerkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, The British Library Literature Project, TatlerThe StradGramophoneInternational Piano, and Modern Painters

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