|Sun Dec 27 2015, 5:00pm–6:15pm|
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The heavy strings rattled like a pelting storm,
The fine strings rustled like a lover’s whisper.
Rattling and rustling, the pipa sounded,
Like large and small pearls falling on jade plate.
– Song of the Pipa Player, Bai Juyi (translated from Chinese)
After a chance encounter with a lady pipa (lute) player on the Yangtze River, Tang poet Bai Juyi (772–846 CE) was inspired to write one of his most famous works, Song of the Pipa Player.
Consisting of 616 characters, the long-form poem speaks of his empathy for the pipa player and laments the similarities of their unfortunate fates. More than a thousand years later, this poem survives today as an important cultural reference for calligraphers, painters, writers and composers alike.
In their debut collaboration, Ding Yi Music Company and re:Dance theatre draw inspiration from these ancient verses, bringing to you a multi-disciplinary concert of original Chinese chamber music compositions by Phang Kok Jun and Hsu Tzu-Chin, with the choreography of Albert Tiong. The concert features pipa soloist Chua Yew Kok. Let the unison of music and dance captivate you as these artists present a novel artistic interpretation of the classical Tang dynasty poem.
This production is presented by Ding Yi Music Company, in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
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