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

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The remastered version of the classic silent film, The Goddess, originally made in 1933 in Shanghai is to be shown at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15th.

Originally made at a time of political crisis within a divided China, booming attendances, and personal turmoil in the life of its star, actress Ruan Lingyu, The Goddess was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 Venic

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

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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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Andrew @ Objective Communications