November 9, 1998 |
At Shanghai's new opera house, where the acoustics are as crystalline as the vaulting glass walls, the symbolism of the Grand Theater's opening also rings loud and clear. The $150-million glass culture palace designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier to host international performers such as tenor Jose Carreras and operas such as "Aida" and "Faust," is meant to be a declaration about the state of the arts in Shanghai.
November 9, 1998 |
Bringing international productions to Shanghai's new Grand Theater is an art in itself. As the government backs away from its old role as organizer, promoter and gatekeeper, arranging this season's best acts seems to be a one-man show. That man is Bonko Chan, the vice president of the largest state-owned air-cargo company in China, who produces operas in his spare time. "I was sitting with a friend," he said, perched atilt in a broken office chair, "and we were a little bit bored.
June 14, 1998 |
China claims the only continuing civilization originating in the ancient world. One critical reason for the longevity: the development a thousand years ago of an extremely literate--even hyperliterate--ruling class, with deep knowledge of (and passionate affection for) painting, history, poetry and prose. An administrative government like that is a long way from what you'd find these days in our neck of the woods.
December 31, 1994 |
On the stage at the warehouse theater, the seven actors performed for more than two hours by using the same two words--"I love"--several thousand times until the words were turned inside out and rendered practically meaningless. Eight television sets glowed on the spare stage with the silent images of imported commercials for Lady Clairol hair products and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Film clips of the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung were projected on one wall.
August 12, 1992 |
China's most influential advocate of a more relaxed approach to ideology and culture has lashed out at hard-line leftists and promised a loosening of controls, official newspapers reported Tuesday.
July 18, 1992 |
In 1555, when Tung Ch'i-ch'ang was born in Shanghai, China, Michelangelo had just begun his Rondanini Pieta, Titian and Tintoretto were at work in Venice and Pieter Brueghel had lately returned from Italy to paint in Antwerp. When Tung died 81 years later, in 1636, the names of Rembrandt, Poussin and Velazquez were among those finding their rightful place as the most celebrated of European art. As a painter, Tung Ch'i-ch'ang was their equal.