Keeping you up to date with the latest from the KT Wong Foundation.

The Goddess – Premiered at BFI Film Festival

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The KT Wong Foundation, in association with the BFI and China Film Archive (CFA), will screen a re-mastered version of classic Chinese silent film The Goddess this autumn at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank.

This exclusive UK premiere will take place on 14th October 2014 as part of the prestigious BFI London Film Festival – one of the world’s leading cinema events.

To celebrate this historic moment the KT Wong Foundation has commissioned a new musical score for The Goddess by Chinese composer Zou Ye. The evening screening of the film will therefore be accompanied live by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Chalmers.

In 2014, the China Film Archive successfully completed the digital restoration of this film, which has since been shown at the Beijing International Film Festival with a live score performed by the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival and the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

The upcoming British premiere of The Goddess marks an important return to prominence for a film that was denounced as decadent when the Communist Party came to power.

The Goddess forms one part of a programme of 15 films selected by KT Wong Foundation, entitled Goddess, Martyr, Heroine: A Portrait of Women in Chinese Cinema. The programme will focus on the role of Chinese women over the last century, as shown though film. The full programme can be seen in Paris in November, and follows the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Supporter of the Foundation, Dies

We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Philippine de Rothschild, an extraordinary woman who broke through a male-dominated wine industry by carrying on the work of her father and helping to transform and modernise the wine industry. Château Mouton Rothschild is now one of the largest wineries in the world with vineyards on three continents.

But her legacy also lives on in the arts. “The Baroness”, as she was known to many, was also a very generous patron of the arts not just in France but throughout Europe. In 2012 she donated a large double magnum to be auctioned at the Royal Jockey Club’s Community Box Charity fetching a record breaking sum. In 2013 her legendary magnanimity extended to the KT Wong Foundation’s special dinner to celebrate the first PARSIFAL opera staged in China, by flying in a few dozen bottles of dozens of bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine – their top wine – from Hong Kong.

Another example of her dedication and love of the arts was the private dinner she held for Lang Lang in 2013 for his first performance in Bordeaux. The dinner at the beautiful chateau was crowned by the presentation of a Jeroboam (a bottle large enough to hold 6 regular bottles of wine) of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild – the year Lang Lang was born, and as it turns out one of the greatest years for vintages of the century!

These actions were typical of her generosity and she supported the foundation’s work many times since its founding. May she rest in peace.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/bordeaux-baroness-philippine-de-rothschild-dies-at-80-1.1973875

Documentary about China’s Growth in Classical Music on BBC 4

“A Hundred Million Musicians: China’s Classical Challenge”, a BBC documentary co-commissioned by the KT Wong Foundation, airs on BBC Four at 21:15 on Sunday, July 27.

China is the fastest growing nation in history, an economic superpower, but it has cultural ambitions too and nowhere is this clearer than in its embrace of Western classical music.

Huge sums of government money have been poured into concert halls across the country and millions of young musicians, many of whom were inspired by the success of concert pianist Lang Lang are now competing to help fill them.

But how does a society that traditionally celebrates discipline and conformity adapt to the individualism and artistic freedom demanded by the music of Beethoven?
Contributors include Lang Lang, Daniel Barenboim, conductor of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Chinese musicians from Shanghai’s Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory as well as a new generation of aspiring classical musicians.

For more information please click here.

Original music double for foundation

Two recent commissions have elevated the KT Wong Foundation’s output in original classical music to a new level with new pieces by both Qigang Chen and Zou Ye both debuting in 2014.  The foundation commissioned leading composer Qigang Chen to write “Joie Eternelle” for renowned British trumpet player Alison Balsom, who performed the piece at the BBC Proms on 19th July 2014.

Born in Shanghai to a family of artists, Chen grew up during the tumultous times of the Cultural Revolution, eventually passing a test that allowed him to study abroad in 1977. At the age of 33 he arrived in Paris and became the last student of Olivier Messian, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

Chen has since forged a successful career as one of China’s leading composers. In addition to writing hundreds of pieces for orchestras, he has worked with film director Zhang Yimou on various projects and was the music director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The commissioned piece, which The Guardian has been described as “a haunting, timeless beauty”, has a distinct Chinese accent and is the first concert piece he wrote after he suffered the loss of his only son in 2008 in a car accident.

The foundation also commissioned acclaimed Chinese composer Zou Ye to write a new score for the remastered version of the classic, Chinese silent film “The Goddess” premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2014.  Music is integral to the identity and perception of the film. This new composition therefore is a contemporary response to an old classic masterpiece.

Zou Ye, born in 1957, in Henan Province, was from the first generation of film score composers from the Wuhan Music Conservatoire. He is best known for his collaboration with the fifth generation of filmmakers in China, such as Huang Jianzhong (Spring Festival, 1991) and Yin Li (The Knot, 2006).

Zou worked and lived through the most exciting development of the Chinese film industry since the early 1980s. He has composed over 100 productions for TV and films. In addition, Zou was the honorary composer-in-residence of one of China’s leading orchestras: the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Proms interview appears in The Telegraph

Telegraph Article

A recent article in The Telegraph includes content from a recent interview with KT Wong Founder Lady Linda Davies about the China Philharmonic’s BBC Proms debut.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/proms/10976945/BBC-Proms-China-makes-its-breakthrough.html

KT Wong hosts Proms dinner for Long Yu & guests

Long Yu, Qigang Chen,  Li Nan, Lady Davies and guests

On July 18, a day before the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut at the BBC Proms, the KT Wong Foundation – a major sponsor of the orchestra’s Proms debut – hosted an exclusive dinner for Maestro Long Yu, composer Qigang Chen, president of the CPO Li Nan, esteemed guests and friends.

One of the most internationally renowned Chinese conductors today, Long Yu grew up during the Cultural Revolution, when Western classical music was banned. But he later won admission to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and, after working in Europe, founded the China Philharmonic in Beijing. Although neither Long nor the orchestra are strangers to Britain, Saturday’s concert was a historical, breakthrough moment for Chinese classical music: the CPO became the first Chinese orchestra ever to perform at the prestigious BBC Proms.

The concert also included the UK premiere of Joie Eternelle, a set of variations on a traditional Chinese melody for trumpet and orchestra, written for Alison Balsom by Qigang Chen, a renowned Shanghai-born, Paris-based composer and a pupil of Messiaen.

Photos of the exclusive dinner can be viewed on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.560979764012274.1073741828.251129408330646&type=1

KT Wong Founder Interviewed on Thoughtful China

Lady Davies interviewed by Harry Hui for TV show 'Thoughtful China'

‘Thoughtful China’ – a weekly talk show about creative, media & business affairs in China – recently invited KT Wong Foundation founder Lady Linda Davies, on to the show to discuss her drive to build bridges and to initiate interaction between China and the West on a cultural level.

During the interview, Lady Davies talks to guest host Harry Hui about what inspired her to become a cultural ambassador between China and the West, the foundation’s key initiatives, China’s cultural ambitions and how Chinese enterprises can play a larger role in bridging Chinese art and culture with the rest of the world.

Watch the full interview here: 

http://show.thoughtfulchina.com/chinas-cultural-ambitions-en.html

 

China Philharmonic Orchestra at BBC Proms 2014

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Saturday 19th July marks the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, launching this season’s global orchestras strand. Britain’s own queen of the trumpet, Alison Balsom, joins them in Shanghai-born Qigang Chen’s new trumpet concerto, a work co-commissioned by the KT Wong Foundation, China Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC, alongside Dutch and German partners. This is the first time ever that a Chinese orchestra has been invited to perform at the BBC Proms and it will be televised and broadcast over radio and the internet internationally.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2014/july-19/14922

 

Foundation announces internships at AIX 2014

This year the KT Wong Foundation is developing an Intern programme in partnership with the Aix Festival to offer opportunities for young people who aspire to work in the arts to be involved with the Festival.

The KT Wong Foundation’s key aim is to foster a mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world, working on collaborative cultural projects across performing and visual arts to explore and create dialogue around, world-leading art, both contemporary and traditional.

The purpose of this program is to enable young people with an interest in the arts to work with one of Europe’s major arts festivals to develop an understanding of the skill and expertise required to make and deliver high quality work both on stage and on film.

The opportiunities offered by the internships will include working with professional documentary filmmakers as they film 2 documentaries commissioned by the KT Wong Foundation, and to become involved in the making of Aix Festival’s opera projects, supporting the artists and technicians during this process.

These are excellent opportunities for young people to gain experience working with top professionals of both film and stage.

Documentary boost for AIX Festival

The KT Wong Foundation is commissioning two documentaries filmed by director Christian Leblé at the AIX Festival 2014.  The first documentary is based around the staging of Handel’s Ariodante, whilst the second covers the German opera Trauernacht.  This is a major boost for the festival and the foundations involvement as the finished documentaries will be screened in China later in the year, bringing Aix Festival preparations and performances to Chinese audiences for the first time.

For other examples of work by Christian Leblé click this link https://vimeo.com/user1716361

KTWong at Festival d’AIX en Provence

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The KTWong Foundation is proud to announce official support for two major productions at the Festival d’AIX en Provence 2014.

Beginning with opera director Richard Jones’ production of Handel’s Ariodante spanning 6 performances across the festival spanning 3rd-18th July.  The foundation is also supporting Raphael Pinchon’s production of Trauernacht scheduled across 11th-19th July

The foundation also plans to bring Festival d’AIX productions to China later this year… watch this space!

 

The Goddess returns to Shanghai

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The remastered version of the classic silent film, The Goddess, originally made in 1933 in Shanghai is to be shown at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15th.

Originally made at a time of political crisis within a divided China, booming attendances, and personal turmoil in the life of its star, actress Ruan Lingyu, The Goddess was dismissed as decadent by Chinese scholars during the Cultural Revolution. In 1935, after a trial for adultery and a humiliating media frenzy, the tragic heroine committed suicide. Her funeral drew 300,000 moruners across the city. These circumstances only served to fuel the film’s mystique over the years, and The Goddess has since been bestowed a place of great importance in China’s film history.

The Goddess was the first film by leftist writer-director Wu Yonggang, who continued to make films in China until 1981, despite being silenced from 1957 to 1962 and during the Cultural Revolution.

The Goddess remastered to be shown in Paris on 24th June 2014

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The classic and newly remastered film, The Goddess, will be screened in Paris at La Cinémathèque Française on 24th June 2014, accompanied by a live orchestra playing a newly commissioned score by Chinese film composer Zou Ye.

This exclusive screening of the 1934 silent film masterpiece marks the beginning of an exciting season of classic Chinese cinema which will be held during October at the Cinémathèque.

Supported by the KT Wong Foundation and featuring a further 30 films spanning over 100 years of film making, the season is a unique collection of the great works of Chinese Cinema, focusing in particular on the changing roles of women in society and offering an extraordinary insight into the history of Chinese film making.

Foundation brings NT Live’s Coriolanus to Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

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The KT Wong Foundation, in partnership with the Shanghai Grand Theatre, is bringing NT Live’s Coriolanus to the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15th 2014.

The event is a screening of the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Coriolanus, captured in London by National Theatre Live. Tom Hiddleston takes the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director, Josie Rourke.

This will be the first time ever NT Live’s Coriolanus will be screened in China, and KT Wong Foundation is proud of its partnership with the Shanghai Grand Theatre to be the first to bring it to Chinese audience.

‘Frankenstein’ returns for another sell-out Beijing screening

Following enormously popular sell-out screenings in Beijing in 2013 and 2013, the National Theatre Live production of Frankenstein returned to Beijing on 9th March, presented by the KT Wong Foundation. The critically-acclaimed production, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, enjoyed yet another sell-out showing and outstanding reception from Beijing cinema goers.

Directed by Danny Boyle and based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, this new production of Frankenstein was adapted for the stage by Nick Dear. Following a five-star critical reception during its run at London’s National Theatre, the show has been seen by audiences across the globe through National Theatre Live screenings.

The Chinese premiere of Frankenstein, presented in June 2012 by the KT Wong Foundation, was a breakthrough for both China and the Foundation: the first time National Theatre Live has been brought to China and the first event of its kind in Beijing.

The KT Wong Foundation are proud to present Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema

On the 27th August 2012 the KT Wong Foundation presented Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema – a floating auditorium that formed part of the official selection of collateral projects in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition.

An evocative outdoor theatre located within the old harbour basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard, Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema was opened by Lady Davies

Archipelago Cinema was opened by Lady Davies who also presented the world premiere of acclaimed documentary maker, Horst Brandenburg’s ‘Against All Rules’ that explores the work and philosophy of German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren.

Attending guests included the BBC’s creative director, Alan Yentob, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth and Director of the Barbican, Sir Nicholas Kenyon.

The Foundation are delighted to be supporting Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema and the world premiere of Horst Brandenburg’s ‘Against All Rules’.  As an architect working between China and the West, Scheereen’s pioneering vision complements the core ethos of the Foundation – to establish innovative cultural conversations between China and the rest of the world.

To read more about Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema, visit:

www.buro-os.com

Lady Davies attends the Palazzo Polignac celebrating the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice

In Conversation

The KT Wong Foundation is proud to announce In Conversation, a new and dynamic platform initiating critical, cross-cultural dialogue with leading figures from the international arts and cultural industries.  The Foundation will host In Conversation exclusively here at ktwong.org; keep checking back for updates!

Coming soon at www.ktwong.org:

Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, In Conversation with Philip Dodd

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, In Conversation with Philip Dodd

In Conversation with Nick Dear, Playwright, Author and Screen Writer

An evening in honour of Lang Lang

Lady Davies hosted an evening in honour of Lang Lang’s performance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Centre.

To celebrate both the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s residency at the Barbican this February, and its concert accompanying Lang Lang, Lady Davies and Barbican Director Nicholas Kenyon co-hosted an evening of festivities.

As a board member of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Lady Davies continuously supports Lang Lang’s performances and the work of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation across the globe.

An evening in honour of Robert Wilson

An evening in honour of Robert Wilson to celebrateEinstein on the Beach at the Barbican Centre.

In May, the Barbican Centre in London presented the seminal production of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach.

To commemorate this remarkable occasion, Lady Davies hosted a dinner in honour of Robert Wilson with guests including Philip Glass, Bianca Jagger, Alan Yentob, Michael Waldman, Shaikha Paula al-Sabah and Nancy Negley.

‘Semele’ in Toronto

The Foundation brings NT Live and Frankenstein to Beijing

This June, audiences in Beijing had their first opportunity to watch Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

The KT Wong Foundation joined forces with National Theatre Live to facilitate two exclusive screenings of this hugely successful production in Chinese from 29 June – 30 June at the Beijing MOMA Broadway Cinema, the first and only art cinema in China.

These screenings marked a breakthrough for both China and the Foundation: the first time National Theatre Live has been brought to China and the first event of its kind in Beijing.

Featuring as a highlight during this summer’s UK Now Festival, the dynamic collaboration promises to further strengthen cross-cultural collaboration between China and the West, which has been the aim of KT Wong Foundation since it was established in 2007.

Directed by Danny Boyle, and based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, this new production of Frankenstein was adapted for the stage by Nick Dear.

Both versions of the ‘five star’ stage production will be screened, allowing Chinese audiences to view Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and The Creature. In addition, Nick Dear will be taking part in pre-show discussions before both performances.

Lang Lang takes to the stage at Latitude Festival

Lady Davies and Lang Lang cheer on China at the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Watch highlights from the premiere of Noye’s Fludde

Noye’s Fludde to feature at the 15th Beijing Music Festival

The KT Wong Foundation are delighted to announce their dynamic co-production of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde is to appear at the 15th Beijing Music Festival.

In addition to the production itself, Noye’s Fludde’s star conductor Nicholas Chalmers will also lead a one off masterclass exploring the score behind Britten’s extraordinary children’s Opera.

The Beijing production of Noye’s fludde will feature as part of the UK Now Festival formally announced by the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP to showcase the very best of British talent in China.

Lady Linda Wong Davies and the BBC proudly present – Imagine…Do or Die: Lang Lang’s Story

Tonight, the story of Chinese pianist Lang Lang will be broadcast on BBC ONE as part of the ‘Imagine’ series.  Do or Die: Lang Lang’s Story, has been executive produced by Lady Linda Wong Davies together with Alan Yentob and Jan Younghusband.

In the film, Yentob examines Lang Lang’s life and career from child prodigy to global phenomenon.  With a growing popularity that reaches far beyond traditional classical audiences, he has redefined the idea of the celebrity concert pianist.

His ability to connect with a younger generation has played a significant role in inspiring more than 40 million Chinese to take up the piano.

Lady Linda Wong Davies would like to thank the BBC, Alpenglow Trust and Steve Abbott for their support.

Watch on BBC One | Sky and Virgin Chanel 101 and online at BBC Iplayer

Lady Davies attends the Palazzo Polignac celebrating the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice

The Foundation and the National Theatre present the second screening of Frankenstein in China

The Foundation are delighted to announce the second screening of the National Theatre’sFrankenstein in China.

Featuring on the 2nd December 2012 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, this second screening follows Frankenstein’s Chinese debut, earlier in the year in Beijing.  An immediate sell out, the Beijing screenings generated unprecedented press and social media coverage and quickly became the most talked about theatre event on Weibo.

A breakthrough for both China and the Foundation: Through the Foundation’s partnership with the National Theatre, these screenings offer Chinese audiences unparalleled access to the very best from British Theatre.

Featuring as part of this years UK Now Festival, the dynamic collaboration promises to further strengthen cross-cultural collaboration between China and the West, which has been the aim of KT Wong Foundation since it was established in 2007.

Directed by Danny Boyle, and based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, this new production of Frankenstein was adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

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