City guide in May

created: 2013-05-15

China Daily, May 14, 2013


Peking opera

The play The Story of Taizhen depicts the life of Yang Yuhuan, Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) Emperor Xuanzong's favorite concubine. The Peking opera is part of the repertoire of the Mei School, which was founded by master Mei Lanfang. It is directed by the master's son, Mei Baojiu, and will be staged with various visual aides.

7:30 pm, May 17-19. Mei Lanfang Grand Theater, 22 Ping'anli Xijie, Xicheng district. 010-5833-1210


Historical figure

Original theater production Han Xin is now on stage. Han Xin is a historical figure from more than 2,000 years ago. He was a marshal who played an important role in Liu Bang's fight against Xiang Yu for the throne of China. The play highlights a few key moments and famous anecdotes in Han's life.

7:30 pm, until May 18; 2 pm, May 19. Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, 1F, 288 Anfu Road. 021-6473-0123

Abstract paintings

Angelique Shidi's retrospective exhibition is ongoing in Shanghai. The artist has been widely exhibited in China and France since 2003. Her large abstract paintings, standing more than 3 meters high, were presented at the China Pavilion during the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

9 am-5 pm, until Oct 31. 7F, Power Station of Art, 200 Huayuangang Road. 021-3110-8550


Artistic expansion

Suzhou Museum is showing Chinese paintings by Liu Dan. Liu was born in Nanjing in 1953 and lived in New York from 1993. He moved back to Beijing in 2005. The ink artist is famous for exquisite depictions of rocks, landscapes and still-life paintings. His ambition is to expand the context of traditional Chinese art without violating the original principles.

9 am-5 pm, May 5-July 10, closed on Mondays. Suzhou Museum, 204 Dongbei Street, Pingjiang district, Suzhou, Jiangsu province. 0512-6757-6011

Hong Kong

Medium is message

Art space Para/Site is seeking people willing to be part of Brazilian artist Lygia Pape's performance work. The avant-garde artist is part of Brazil's Neo-concrete movement that arose in 1950s. She explores color and form in relation to the sensory cartography of how a person interacts with a collective. First performed in Rio de Janeiro in 1968, Divisor consists of a large swath of white fabric activated by 80 participants for an ever-changing live sculpture.

Performed at 3 pm on May 17 at Chater Road, Central; 3 pm on May 25 at Tamar Park, Admiralty. 852-2517-4620

Splash out

Get high at one of W Hong Kong's infamous pool parties this summer. The highest outdoor swimming pool in the city once again hosts monthly extravaganzas featuring international DJs, such as model Scarlett Etienne, to spin tunes to match the dizzying heights.

8 pm, May 18. WET poolside, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon. 852-3717-2783

Reed Me

Quite a few people's first encounter with a musical instrument is the recorder. Recorder virtuoso Stefan Temmingh (pictured) shows it can be just as magical as its woodwind cousins in a concert that pushes the limits of the instrument with Baroque to contemporary pieces. He is joined by conductor Jason Lai with a program that includes the works of Vivaldi, Sibelius and Part.

8 pm, May 18. Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. 852-2836-3336

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