Events and Exhibitions: June 26 – July 2, 2015

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With the start of New York Asian Film Festival this week, summer feels like it’s really begun.  We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Insanity暴瘋語》 which screens on Sunday, June 28 at 4:30 PM at the Walter Reade Theatre.  For your chance to win a pair, email us at beyondchinatown[at] with the subject line “NYAFF Insanity Tickets” by 12 PM Friday.  We’ll select two winners on Friday afternoon!

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Coming up:

The New York Asian Film Festival screens Red Amnesia and River Road on July 3.

The Lincoln Center Festival presents The Peony Pavilion 《牡丹亭》(July 8 – 10) and Red Detachment of Women 《红色娘子军》 (July 11 – 12)

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Upcoming Events

1) Taste Asia Times Square Food Fest – The largest and most diverse Asian Food Festival makes Times Square worth going to with cooking demos by Radiance Executive Chef Zizhao Luo and Mira Sushi Executive Chef Brian Tsao.  The Food of Taiwan author Cathy Erway will host a dumpling making contest.  On Saturday, NTD’s International Chinese Culinary Competition showcases Cantonese, Northeastern, Shandong, Sichuan, and Huaiyang Cuisines.  See the schedule for full program listings.

Additionally, food vendors will be there.  If you work near Times Square, they could be a good break from your normal lunch routine on Friday.

Friday, June 26
Saturday, June 27
Times Square


2) SILENT dialogue – Choreographer and dancer Dai Jian has created an immersive performative response to the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass. Trained in contemporary dance, classical dance, and Wushu Art, Dai Jian has danced with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, and has created improvisations, performance installations, and visual art. Moved by the specific energy and the emotional narrative of a selection of galleries, he has choreographed several new dance works for numerous dancers that will be staged in the spaces from which they drew inspiration.

Galleries in which performances will take place include:

Melanesia Gallery 354
Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court
The Blanche and A. L. Levine Court Gallery 915, and Galleries 921-925
The Charles Engelhard Court
Robert Lehman Wing Court, Gallery 963

Friday, June 26, 5 – 8 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Free with museum admission


3) Women Generals of the Yang Family 《杨门女将》– Asian Cultural Center presents the famous Peking Opera. In the Renzong reign period of Song Dynasty, General Yang Zongbao falls in the battle when defending the border against the invasion of the regime of Western Xia. The Yang House is filled with joy as the one hundred year-old widow She Taijun prepares for the celebration of the fiftieth birthday of her grandson, general Yang Zongbao when the grievous news reaches the family. The Imperial Court is greatly startled, and intends to cede territory for peace.

She Taijun, suppressing her grief, refutes those in the Court who want to sue for peace. She persuades the emperor to allow her to lead the troops with her widowed granddaughter-in-laws and grandson, Yang Wenguang. After many trials and tribulations, they eventually defeat the enemy and claim the final victory.

With English and Chinese subtitles.

Friday, June 26, 7 PM
Saturday June 27, 7 PM
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St.
Tickets begin at $48


4) Cinema Nite: Made in Hong Kong 《香港製造)》– Set in the city streets and apartment buildings, action and psychology blend as you really get a feel for Hong Kong and its locals.

Director Fruit Chan is one of the most important independent filmmaker to emerge out of Hong Kong during the mid 1990s and this stunning film is a testament to his unique eye for storytelling. In an industry dominated by commercialism and spectacle driven action cinema, his style of raw social realism is a fresh breath of air.

The film won the Best Picture Award at the 1998 Hong Kong Film Awards along with 13 other wins and 6 nominations.  Read a review from the British Film Institute.

Friday, June 26, 8 PM
All Things Project, 269 Bleecker


5) The Teaching and Learning of Chinese Abroad: Ming-Qing Period – Professor Zhang Meilan of Tsinghua University in China will explore the teaching and the learning of the Chinese language outside of China during the Ming-Qing period. Issues discussed include the modes of teaching and learning, text materials used, and foreign institutions involved in conducting teaching.

Saturday, June 27, 2 PM
China Institute in America, 125 E 65th St.


6) New York Electronic Arts Festival – In a program curated by Xiaoying Juliette Yuan and supported by the Taipei Cultural Center, three Taiwanese and Hong Kong* artists perform as part of this festival that “aims to provide a discursive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork, a showcase of exciting interdisciplinary work and technological virtuosity”. [*update 6/26 to correct that one artist is from Hong Kong]

The Formation of the Worm by Zhang Yousheng (a.k.a. Sovietronic) – Zhang Yousheng (a.k.a. Sovietronic) explores the structures, changes, patterns, and layers of sound or noise with a no-input mixer¾ a device that is a throwback to the pre-laptop era. The no-input mixer is a feedback machine that can be easily assembled from mixers, wires, and amplifiers through which sound can be shaped. (MoMI)

Additional information at Harvestworks.

Zhang will also lead two workshops entitled NERDj – A Sound Measuring

Friday, June 26, 2015, 7:00 PM
Sun., June 27, 2015, 3:00 PM
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, #602, Manhattan

5 PM (per Harvestworks), 6 PM (per MoMI)

Yingfan’s Blackwolf Nagashi in Big Apple – The Blackwolf Nagashi series is the iconic live performance of Dawang “Yingfan” Huang. Taking the “nagashi” live performance popular in early 20th-century Japan and Taiwan, combined with the unique moves of the Blackwolf Dance Theater and a variety of music types, Yingfan’s live performances bring out a chaotic original energy. Instead of using live instrumental accompaniment, Blackwolf Nagashi shows only use pre-recorded audio, broadcast by the lead singer, expanding the definition of karaoke. Yingfan uses a number of oldies, covering them in unique and humorous ways. (Museum of the Moving Image).

Additional information at Harvestworks.

5:30 PM (per Harvestworks), 5 PM (per MoMI)

Samson Young, The Anatomy of a String Quartet – The Anatomy of a String Quartet is an essay on the potentials of media technology as tools for augmenting, extending, and reconfiguring the musician’s body. It is a performance-installation with/through a “prosthetically amplified” string quartet. Each member of the quartet is monitored by a multitude of sensing apparatuses, from eye tracking glasses to brainwave sensors. The data generated by the quartet’s bodily movements, and the live video of the performers, forms the basis of a multi-channel audiovisual composition. The quartet is thus placed under a technological microscope, to make visible the inaudible biological responses to the drastic moments of musical performance.  Additional information at Harvestworks.

8 PM

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria
Free with museum admission


7) 52 Hertz – Hsiao-Wei Hsieh and Hsiao-Ting Hsieh, twin dancers and choreographers from Taiwan and founders of InTW will produce their second independent show with works inspired by the story of Hansel and Gretel, last year’s Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, their grandmother dresses, and the 52-Hertz whale, known as the loneliest whale in the world.

A video documentary precedes the dance program.

Saturday, June 27, 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 28 2 PM, 7:30 PM
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
$20/General Admission; $15/Students; $1/Children


8) Anthony Coleman + Min Xiao-Fen + Fast Forward – Genre-hopping pipa player Min Xiao-Fen performs with pianist Anthony Coleman and Fast Forward.

Tuesday, June 30, 10 PM
The Stone, Corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street


9) Rent a White Guy – Rent a White Guy is about Charlie, a recently dumped college grad and aspiring novelist, who moves to China after a fortune-cookie message suggests he apply for a teaching job. Once there, Charlie learns that he can rent himself out for “face jobs” instead.

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Anna Grace Carter.

Monday, June 29, 8 PM
Musical Theatre Factory, 250 W. 40th Street, 4th floor


10) ChinaFile Presents: Megacity Chongqing Now – French-Polish photographer Tim Franco has lived in China for more than a decade, all the while documenting the transforming landscapes in the country’s cities. His latest book, Metamorpolis: The Rise of a Chinese Mega City, documents the mega city of Chongqing from its many angles. Franco will share photographs from the book and stories behind the images in this first public event in North America.

ChinaFile’s visuals editor David Barreda will lead the discussion and take questions from the audience.

Book sales and signing for Metamorpolis will follow the discussion.

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 PM (Live webcast available here: )
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) The Ark of Mr. Chow  《少年班》 – A group of bright teenagers are recruited for a special college program for young geniuses only to find themselves socially awkward among their more normal peers.  The Ark of Mr. Chow is a satirical take on the Chinese education system and how it emphasizes academic excellence over a student’s overall personal development, especially outside of the academic curriculum. The director, Xiao Yang, was part of the class and draws on his personal experiences with the system to paint a lighthearted but accurate portrayal of what its like to grow up too intelligent for your own good. (AMC)

Review by The Georgia Straight

Opens June 19 at AMC Empire 25.  See listings for showtimes.

2) “Behind the Mask, a Play” – An ancient myth about blood and honor reveals the secret life of a Chinese theater troupe in the dark comedy “Behind the Mask — a Play” by Chinese authors Feng BaiMing and Huang WeiRuo, which is being newly adapted by Yangtze Repertory Theatre in a production helmed by Chinese-born director Chongren Fan. The play will be performed in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles and will be completely accessible for English-speaking audiences.

A play-within-a-play takes place in a theater space somewhere in China, where a nine-person troupe is rehearsing for a story about a Chinese mythical hero, Mei Jian Chi. As the myth is popularly known within Chinese culture, it depicts a tyrant, the King of Chu, who orders the death of his two master swordsmiths as part of a ritualized process to forge the world’s sharpest blades, using human blood. Their son, Mei, seeking revenge, devises a death ploy with an errant by offering his own living but decapitated head to the King. Fragments of the mythical story switch in and out from snippets of mundane and personal follies of the struggling troupe during rehearsal. Through the play, we get to learn about the troupe and the pressures of the artistic life in contemporary China.

June 25 – July 12
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
$25/general admission;  $20/seniors and students
On Wednesdays & Thursdays, pay what you can (available day of performance at box office only, advance sales regular price)


3) New York Asian Film Festival – 19 films from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are part of this year’s festival.  See our post for a list of these films and their showtimes.

June 26 – July 8
Walter Reader Theater at Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St.)

July 9 – July 11
SVA Theater, 333 W 23rd St.


Just added and opening:

Lin Chi-Wei (林其蔚): Tape Player for Shanghai Biennale (Nolan Park Building, Building 5a5B, Governors Island, 5/23 – 7/20) – Tape Player for Shanghai Biennale is the “sound installation” version of “Tape Music” the artist’s iconic series including live-performances and exhibitions that has been shown over the world. During the exhibition, the “Tape” will be played by the groups of visiting audiences. The very special sound expression will be defined by the random temporary gathering.

Dawang Yingfan Huang: LUANTAN: My life is audio graffiti (Nolan Park Building, Building 5B, Governors Island, 5/23 – 7/20) – With archival drawings, photos, manuscripts, and cassette tapes, Dawang Yingfan Huang invites the visitors to travel back to the Taiwan of the 1990’s where sound art was just taking off smoothly with the artist and his community.

ShyuRuey-Shiann: The River of Childhood  (Nolan Park Building, Building 5B, Governors Island, 6/17 – 7/20) –  Several sets of delicate ceramic boats are installed in a historic house at Norlan Park, Governors Island. When viewers walk close to the little boats, a sensor is triggered and the little boats start moving rhythmically. The little boats wavering on the water will eventually disappear in the river of memory. This work “The River of Childhood” is to explore the relationship between man and nature, reflecting on the impact of changing environment.

Closing soon:

Sung-Chih Chen: Time After Time (Gallery 456, 6/4 – 6/26)

Ciu Xiuwen (崔岫闻): Awaking of the Flesh (崔岫聞:肉身的覺醒) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Wu Yuren: On Parole (吳玉仁:假釋) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Su-Mei Tse: one thousand and one dreams behind us (Peter Blum Gallery, 4/24 – 6/27)

Building Stories (ATP Gallery, 5/8 – 6/27)

School of Visual Arts 2015 Photo/Video Thesis Exhibition (SVA Chelsea Gallery, 6/13 – 6/27) – includes works by Hua Bai, Liyue Zhu, and Zhangbolong Liu

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

Ciu Xiuwen (崔岫闻): Awaking of the Flesh (崔岫聞:肉身的覺醒) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Wu Yuren: On Parole (吳玉仁:假釋) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

School of Visual Arts 2015 Photo/Video Thesis Exhibition (SVA Chelsea Gallery, 6/13 – 6/27) – includes works by Hua Bai, Liyue Zhu, and Zhangbolong Liu

Su-Mei Tse: one thousand and one dreams behind us (Peter Blum Gallery, 4/24 – 6/27)

Building Stories (ATP Gallery, 5/8 – 6/27)

Zhe Zhu and Zhangbolong Liu: Vanitas/Traces 朱喆与刘张铂泷:维尼塔斯/痕迹 (Fou Gallery at Carma, 4/24 – 6/28)

Sophie Wen-shuo Yen (嚴玟鑠): Cutting the Fragrance (Hwang Gallery, 6/9 – 6/28)

Happy Together (Tina Kim Gallery, 5/15 – 7/3)

Huang Rui: Language Color (Zürcher Gallery, 5/26 – 7/4)

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera (Grey Art Gallery, 4/21 – 7/11)

New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture (Dorsky Gallery, 5/10 – 7/12)

De/Constructing China: Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection (Asia Society, 6/9 – 7/19)

Lin Chi-Wei (林其蔚): Tape Player for Shanghai Biennale (Nolan Park Building, Building 5a5B, Governors Island, 5/23 – 7/20)

Dawang Yingfan Huang: LUANTAN: My life is audio graffiti (Nolan Park Building, Building 5B, Governors Island, 5/23 – 7/20)

ShyuRuey-Shiann: The River of Childhood  (Nolan Park Building, Building 5B, Governors Island, 6/17 – 7/20)

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa (Storefront for Architecture, 6/17 – 8/1)

One-Year Certificate Programs 2015 Full-Time Student Exhibition (ICP School, 6/19 – 8/9) – includes Chinese artists Amy Xian Luo, Jiaxi Yang, and Marc Qimeng Zhao

China: Through the Looking Glass (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5/7- 8/16)

The Great Ephemeral (New Museum, 5/27 – 9/6)

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/26 – 9/13)

Lead image photo by Xianyi Shen, from Flickr.  Licensed under Creative Commons