Sunday, February 5th, 2017 @ Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E Washington St.

(AM Section 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (90 minutes)
Opening Remarks – 5 minutes
staring around 10:35 AM -  Seeking the Tibetan Melody – 40 minutes
(5 minutes break)
starting around 11:20 AM - Falling in Love with Beijing Theater Stage – 35 minutes

(PM Section 12:45 PM – 4:30 PM (225 minutes)
starting at 12:45 PM - Jing-De-dezhen's Porcelain Art – 30 minutes (5 minutes break) 
starting around 1:20 PM - The Legend of Light & Shadow – 30 minutes
(5 minutes break)
starting around 1:55 PM - Fish Worship – 26 minutes
(5 minutes break) 
starting around 2:30 PM - My Dream – A deaf dancer’s story – 25 minutes
(5 minutes break)
starting around 3 PM - Falling in Love with Beijing Theater Stage – 35 minutes
(5 minutes break)
starting around 3:40 PM - Dongcheng District, the Drama Center – 50 minutes

SEEKING THE TIBETAN MELODY” is a documentary about a sound engineer, Fan Qiang,  who is tired of urban "noises", finds peace in sultra chanting, and Tibetan music in the Western China: Lhasa, Tibet.  Audiences will share his joy in discovering the sound of children learning both English and Tibetan;  while waking up at the sound of circumambulation with serenity and sweetness in the air; and enjoying Tibetan opera's drums and cymbals in the square in the evening.

"FALLING IN LOVE WITH BEIJING THEATRE STAGE" is an introduction to the history of the royal and common folks theatres (buildings) that have been co-existed in the Beijing, capital city of China since hundreds of years ago.  The audiences will learn about:

Zhengyici Theatre based on Zhejiang Merchants' House was originally an ancient temple from the Ming Dynasty; and how it has gradually evolved into the capital's famous first theatre that has witnessed the birth and development of the famous Beijing Opera.

Another notable theatre with a history of over 200 years used to be the provincial guild hall set up by and for the people from Hunan and Hubei provinces celebrating their successful accomplishment in Beijing is today's Huguang Theatre.

Last but not the least, all the more imposing Royal theatres located within the Forbidden City, namely, Chang Yin Ge Court Stage, completed in 1776; and Dehe Stage first built in 1891 inside the Summer Place was where the iron-wristed Empress Ci Xi in the Qing Dynasty enjoyed the Beijing Opera shows.  

Audiences will also enjoy seeing the popular & newer theatres of present days: the Chang An Grand Theatre and Mei Lanfang Grand Theatre named after the famous Master Mei Lanfang of Beijing Opera.

"JING-DE-ZHEN'S PORCELAIN ART" Jingdezhen is Chinas renowned porcelain capital with a very long history.  The town got Jingde as its name, the reign title of Emperor Zhenzhong of the Song Dynasty in the first year of his reign (AD 1004) for its exquisite craftsmanship in porcelain making.  Ever since then the town has become famous.  Over thousands of years, generations of artisans constantly improved their skills. Fine porcelain products embodying rich Chinese culture have been sent to Europe and even Africa along the land and maritime Silk Road.  Now Jingdezhen's porcelain-making by hand has been listed as state-level intangible culture heritage.  Master Huang Yunpeng is one of the national inheritors of this art.  In this documentary, the audiences will learn how Master Huang has achieved remarkable success and become one of the highly regarded and prolific expert in this field.

"THE LEGEND OF LIGHT AND SHADOW"  Shadow puppetry has a history of more than 2,000 years in China.  Renowned Huaxian County shadow puppetry is honored as a "living fossil" of this performing art, and local people call it a "five man show".  The audiences will enjoy seeing how five performers complete the storytelling, play the instruments and work on the puppets.  Like any other ancient form of performance art, Shadow Puppet troupes are struggling to bring Shadow puppetry closer to the younger generations and making them relevant to todays fast-changing world.

"FISH WORSHIP" tells the story of Puyuan Village located in the cradle of the mountain of Fujian Province in Southeast of China.  In this village, one will find ancient bridges, rivers and houses intersperse the valleys.  Inside the village, a 1,300-year-old tree stands in the main street including an eight-century old ancestral temple.  The villagers are made up of people in the average age of 80 years old and people of 100 + years still participate in major issues affecting the lives of this small community.  Most unusual of all, in this favored place where times stands still that boost rich water resources, residents and carp live harmoniously.  This is the story about how the villagers host a solemn traditional funeral for the deceased soul if and when a fish dies.....

"MY DREAM" Wang Zheng, a deaf dance in China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe, will soon get married. She is a veteran dance of the art troupe and a mentor to young and inexperienced dancers.  This is a documentary about Wang Zheng, as a deaf and hard of hearing person copes with her professional life as a dancer with a troupe while she is trying to prepare and get ready for her wedding!

China Disabled People's Performance Art Troupe is made up of performances who are either deaf or blind.  These very special performers rehearse and perform under the sign language teachers' guidance and by feeling the music rhythm and drum vibration.  In spite of their handicaps, these performers have brought to the stage the most amazing performances :  THE THOUSAND HANDS OF BUDDHA.  

"DONGCHENG DISTRICT, THE DRAMA CENTER"  Located in downtown Beijing, Dongcheng District has long been the center of arts and culture.  Over the last decade, it gradually developed into a center of theatrical creation and performance.

Gathered here are the Oriental Pioneer Theater of the National Theatre of China and the Hive Theatre, famous for experimental drama as well as Beijing People's Art Theatre noted for creation and performance of plays with Beijing local color.  Also found here are China Children's Art Theatre, the cradle of children's drama, and the famous privately managed theatres, such as Penghao Theatre plus not to be missed the prestigious The Central Drama Academy.  

In this documentary, we will also see how international theatre communication is convening here at the annual Beijing Youth Theatre Festival in sharing a stage of international creativities and performances.