(Conducted in Cantonese)
About the programme
Themed around the Silk Road, this lecture series features different art forms and discusses the art and culture related to the Silk Road.
Uyghur Music and Its Resonance across the Silk Road
Speaker: Dr. Wong Chuen-fung
This talk looks at the continuities between Uyghur music and other Turkic, Persian, and Arab traditions in Central Asia and the broader Middle East. Members of Project Puraq and the Nur Collective will demonstrate on the bowed lute, satar, as well as the plucked lutes, tembur, dutar, and rawap, among other traditional Uyghur/Central Asian musical instruments. Altogether we will explore compositions and improvisations around comparable categories of maqam modal scales across the Eurasian Silk Road.
Presenting Dunhuang on Stage
Speaker: Enid Chung
The dance drama spectacular, Silk Road, Flower Rain was premiered in 1979. Using Dunhuang dance as the theme, it attracted widespread attention and discussion after its debut. Since then, initiatives like the Dunhuang dance style, Dunhuang College, and Dunhuang Research Academy have been established. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the research and creation of the Dunhuang dance. Through dance works like ‘Silk Road, Flower Rain’, ‘Dunhuang Dream’, ‘Apsaras’, ‘The Thousand-hand Bodhisattva’ and related literature, we attempt to explore and examine the inheritance and evolution of the style of Dunhuang dance over the last 40 years.
Dunhuang Grottoes and Atmospheric Music Theatre
Speakers: Prof. Law Wing-fai, Wong Chi-ching
Moderator: Dr. Cheung Pui-shan
The Dunhuang grottoes represent an intrinsic time and space, where Oriental religious views and ethereal feelings permeate. They evoke a mythical, poetic outlook in artistic creators in their quest for imageries. The inspiration of the atmospheric music theatre which I have been advocating all these years comes from Dunhuang: it has opened up for me the proliferation and abundance of the meaning of ‘creation’. The stage setting is like a mystic space, or a series of frescos that slowly opens up like a scroll. The cohesive, profound atmosphere of the theatre is like a ritual of life in the grottoes. It precipitates the soul and inspires one to contemplate as well as to meditate.
Dunhuang Dance - Ancient and Modern
Speaker: Felix Chen Lei
As vivid representations of the music-and-dance culture of ancient China, the Dunhuang frescoes and sculptures have often been described as characteristically “the confluence of a hundred sources, magnificent in breadth and depth”. The “fusion and reciprocity” of the humanistic characteristics of different ethnic groups and the aesthetic features over the centuries have forged the unique Dunhuang art that is timeless and influential for posterity. This lecture revolves around the “fusion and reciprocity” characteristic of Dunhuang art and culture. The speaker will share his interpretation of the iconic physical movements of Dunhuang dance from a professional choreographer’s perspective.
The running time of each lecture is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.
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