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A CHINESE HOME
Conceived by Wu Man, David Harrington and Chen Shi-Zheng
For String Quartet and Pipa with water, stone, paper and
Music, text and installation by Tan Dun
This Festival, the world-renowned Kronos Quartet takes the
potential of the classical string quartet into another new
territory with two exciting boundary-stretching works, A
Chinese Home and Ghost Opera.
Joining the Quartet in its 40th anniversary year is the
extraordinary Chinese pipa virtuoso, Wu Man.
Conceived by Wu Man, David Harrington and leading New York-based
theatre director Chen Shi-Zheng, A Chinese Home is a
monumental suite of sound and film for string quartet and pipa.
Spanning four eras of 20th century China - traditional,
1920s-30s westernised Shanghai, the Cultural Revolution and the
Maoist period and modern China - this compelling aural travelogue
is set against a richly textured, beautifully conceived film.
Highly theatrical, A Chinese Home draws on metaphors of
displacement and migration, rebirth and rebuilding, in its
exploration of sounds and images found in Chinese music and
The ethereal Ghost Opera is a reflection on
spirituality and ritual through water, metal, stone and paper,
incorporating Chinese, American, Tibetan, and English cultures.
Bach and Shakespeare are fused with Chinese shadow puppetry and
ancient folklore while Wu Man and the Kronos Quartet explore the
mysteries of nature, the future and the past. Ghost Opera
was composed by Tan Dun, whose prolific career includes an Academy
Award-winning soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Performed within the other-worldly walls of the mighty Civic,
this will be one of the most electrifying musical events at this
The Kronos Quartet: David Harrington:
violin, John Sherba: violin,
Hank Dutt: viola and Jeffrey
Post-concert talk: Sat 9 Mar
# In a nutshell: The world's best string quartet, crosses
cultures and musical styles.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ARTS PROJECTS
Kronos Quartet will also tour to
Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch as part of Chamber Music New
Zealand's Kaleidoscopes 2013 season. Visit chambermusic.co.nz.