Sponsored by U.S.-China Institute. Covering a historic arc that reaches from the Cultural Revolution to the 2008 Olympic Games, Alison Friedman looks at how China is searching for a new globalized contemporary identity through music, dance and theater. Examples of artists navigating this search include world-famous classical musicians like Lang Lang as well as less well-known underground ‘Chinese indie’ musicians such as Xiao He and the collective ZuHe Niao. Ms. Friedman also addresses how performing artists are combining traditional Chinese forms with new influences from the west – or not! – as well as the role of international partners in the field, including festivals, collaborators, funding bodies, and Embassies, and how the international community is affecting China's contemporary performing arts scene, for better or worse.
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