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.
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.
June 14, 1990 |
The Chinese actor most familiar to Western audiences has been stripped of his post in the Ministry of Culture as part of Beijing's attack on artistic freedom and anti-socialist cultural influence. Ying Ruocheng was dismissed as a vice minister of culture in one of a dozen changes in cultural and media posts. The English-speaking Ying, 60, played a prison warden in the movie "The Last Emperor" and the Mongol ruler, Kublai Khan, in the 1981 television series "Marco Polo."
August 29, 1989 |
All of the American and Western European groups that once planned to perform at the second China Arts Festival, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, have canceled, sources confirmed on Monday. The Joffrey Ballet of Los Angeles and New York had been at the top of the list of international performers invited to China for the festival, but was among the first to cancel after the army put a violent end to student demonstrations in Beijing on June 4.
July 5, 1989 |
It was just five months ago today when artist Xiao Lu opened fire with a pellet gun on her own "destruction art" sculpture at Beijing's China Art Gallery, when Gao Qiang fashioned three meteorological balloons into giant breasts and suspended them from the gallery's ceiling to "oppose tradition" and when Wang Guangyi placed a sign next to his huge, cubified portraits of Mao Tse-tung that declared, "A great figure should be evaluated objectively and soberly."