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Chinese dramatist’s Hong Kong show turns Greek tragedy into comedy

Production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound plays on the absurdity of portraying deities in human form

Production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound plays on the absurdity of portraying deities in human form

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Hong Kong choreographer Sang Jijia's long and lonely road

Sometimes I feel I belong nowhere, says Germany-trained, Hong Kong-based ethnic Tibetan as he prepares to take City Contemporary Dance Company production to Taiwan.

Sometimes I feel I belong nowhere, says Germany-trained, Hong Kong-based ethnic Tibetan as he prepares to take City Contemporary Dance Company production to Taiwan.

30 Sep 2015 - 10:03AM
Young Chinese artists' Hong Kong show explores friendship

The group show challenges the traditional notion of friendship and examines the relationships between the artworks on display at the Lehmann Maupin gallery.

The group show challenges the traditional notion of friendship and examines the relationships between the artworks on display at the Lehmann Maupin gallery.

15 Jul 2015 - 7:05PM
Why lion dancing in Baizhifang is a dying art

Troupe with a 270-year history in Beijing urban village struggles to find new recruits amid rapid social and technological change.                                         

Troupe with a 270-year history in Beijing urban village struggles to find new recruits amid rapid social and technological change.                                         

25 Feb 2015 - 5:19PM
The keeper of memories

Shen Jiguang’s haunting photographs capture Beijing’s vanishing neighbourhoods, writes Xu Donghuan.

Shen Jiguang’s haunting photographs capture Beijing’s vanishing neighbourhoods, writes Xu Donghuan.

22 Nov 2014 - 10:44PM
Xu Jiang's sunflowers are symbol of a lost generation

Artist Xu Jiang expresses his Cultural Revolution generation's lost hopes and potential in his sunflower works, writes Xu Donghuan.

Artist Xu Jiang expresses his Cultural Revolution generation's lost hopes and potential in his sunflower works, writes Xu Donghuan.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53PM
Young Mao devotees lead an agricultural revolution at the Righteous Path Farm, Hebei

Staffed by young, educated Mao devotees, Hebei’s Righteous Path Farm is an organic slice of communal harmony that would make the Great Helmsman proud, writes Xu Donghuan. Pictures by Simon Song.

Staffed by young, educated Mao devotees, Hebei’s Righteous Path Farm is an organic slice of communal harmony that would make the Great Helmsman proud, writes Xu Donghuan. Pictures by Simon Song.

5 Jul 2014 - 11:54PM
My life: David Walker

The BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University tells Xu Donghuan how his nation's relationship with Asia has evolved.

The BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University tells Xu Donghuan how his nation's relationship with Asia has evolved.

21 Jun 2014 - 11:51PM
My true colours

Having written soundtracks to films that include Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine, Zhao Jiping accepts that he is widely known for his film scores. But the 69-year-old composer says his orchestral works are a better vehicle of his thoughts and emotions.

Having written soundtracks to films that include Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine, Zhao Jiping accepts that he is widely known for his film scores. But the 69-year-old composer says his orchestral works are a better vehicle of his thoughts and emotions.

6 May 2014 - 11:59AM
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‘Uncultured’ multi-billionaire is China’s biggest fine-art collector

He deprecatingly calls himself a tuhao - the Putonghua term for nouveau riche with barely the culture to match the wealth. But billionaire Liu Yiqian's huge collection of Chinese art suggests a finer taste than he lets on.

He deprecatingly calls himself a tuhao - the Putonghua term for nouveau riche with barely the culture to match the wealth. But billionaire Liu Yiqian's huge collection of Chinese art suggests a finer taste than he lets on.

23 Apr 2014 - 2:31AM
20 Apr 2014 - 12:35PM
China invests in hi-definition opera movies

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing is an institution in a hurry. Opened in 2007, the centre was initially better known for a slew of controversy: the design of its futuristic egg-shaped building by architect Paul Andreu, delayed completion and huge construction and maintenance bills.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing is an institution in a hurry. Opened in 2007, the centre was initially better known for a slew of controversy: the design of its futuristic egg-shaped building by architect Paul Andreu, delayed completion and huge construction and maintenance bills.

31 Mar 2014 - 11:42AM
Birdman of Beijing spreads the word about feathered friends

Zhang Er, 35, spent his childhood in the centre of Beijing hunting frogs, catching dragonflies and fishing in the moat that runs next to the demolished city walls.

Zhang Er, 35, spent his childhood in the centre of Beijing hunting frogs, catching dragonflies and fishing in the moat that runs next to the demolished city walls.

30 Mar 2014 - 5:51AM
Chinese nurses enter training for opportunities abroad

A German teacher stood before a classroom reading loudly from a projection screen. Thirty students repeated after him, in unison. Herr. Frau. Dame. It was the first week of an eight-month German-language course in the coastal city of Weihai in Shandong province, and the students - Chinese nurses and nurse trainees - will jet to Germany later this year, where most already have job offers to work at residential care centres for the elderly.

A German teacher stood before a classroom reading loudly from a projection screen. Thirty students repeated after him, in unison. Herr. Frau. Dame. It was the first week of an eight-month German-language course in the coastal city of Weihai in Shandong province, and the students - Chinese nurses and nurse trainees - will jet to Germany later this year, where most already have job offers to work at residential care centres for the elderly.

24 Mar 2014 - 5:54AM
Private buyers from Hunan recover ancient bronze vessel, the Min Fanglei

A group of private collectors from Hunan has secured the purchase of a 3,000-year-old Chinese wine vessel - just a day before the ornate bronze relic was expected to go on the auction block in New York.

A group of private collectors from Hunan has secured the purchase of a 3,000-year-old Chinese wine vessel - just a day before the ornate bronze relic was expected to go on the auction block in New York.

22 Mar 2014 - 5:38AM
Chinese museums, collectors set for fierce bidding on iconic bronze

The auction of an antique Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel at Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York next week has caught the attention of well-heeled collectors across China.

The auction of an antique Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel at Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York next week has caught the attention of well-heeled collectors across China.

15 Mar 2014 - 5:41AM
Hong Kong Arts Festival play features a modern Chinese setting for Juliet and her Romeo

Director Tian Qinxin is taking Romeo and Juliet into 20th century China. The reason for her Cultural Revolution? There aren't enough good love stories in Chinese, writes Donghuan Xu.

Director Tian Qinxin is taking Romeo and Juliet into 20th century China. The reason for her Cultural Revolution? There aren't enough good love stories in Chinese, writes Donghuan Xu.

5 Feb 2014 - 10:26PM
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Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing

Standing confidently in front of the class, a teenage girl starts singing in a pretty voice: “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd/lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.” Before long, the rest join her in yodelling the chorus to The Lonely Goatherd.

Standing confidently in front of the class, a teenage girl starts singing in a pretty voice: “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd/lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.” Before long, the rest join her in yodelling the chorus to The Lonely Goatherd.

14 Jan 2014 - 8:58AM
Finance student follows her passion into film

Shen Shen was never much interested in numbers, but like a lot of Asian students living in Canada she opted for a vocational degree, studying finance and management at the University of Toronto.

Shen Shen was never much interested in numbers, but like a lot of Asian students living in Canada she opted for a vocational degree, studying finance and management at the University of Toronto.

5 Jan 2014 - 5:15AM
Apec conference centre architects draw on Chinese influences

Architects designing the venue for the Apec summit in Beijing next year say developers in the capital are increasingly keen on putting up buildings inspired by Chinese culture rather than international designs that may be out of character in the city.

Architects designing the venue for the Apec summit in Beijing next year say developers in the capital are increasingly keen on putting up buildings inspired by Chinese culture rather than international designs that may be out of character in the city.

5 Jan 2014 - 6:28AM
Beijing site of next Apec summit designed to impress

In the three months since China announced it would host this year's Apec summit in Beijing, preparations have been well under way at Yanqi Lake, a popular tourist destination in the outskirts of the capital.

In the three months since China announced it would host this year's Apec summit in Beijing, preparations have been well under way at Yanqi Lake, a popular tourist destination in the outskirts of the capital.

5 Jan 2014 - 6:28AM
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Architect Zhou Qi defends 'phallic' design of his People's Daily tower

Since the 32-storey structure first took shape last spring, countless internet users have taken great glee in the fact that the would-be offices of the Communist Party's top propaganda organ appears - at least during construction - to resemble a male sex organ.

Since the 32-storey structure first took shape last spring, countless internet users have taken great glee in the fact that the would-be offices of the Communist Party's top propaganda organ appears - at least during construction - to resemble a male sex organ.

3 Nov 2013 - 6:41AM
Mao 101

A remote, ramshackle Henan school is teaching its dwindling student body that only the Great Helmsman himself can save the People's Republic. Xu Donghuan meets a principal who dances to his own, old tune. Pictures by Simon Song.

A remote, ramshackle Henan school is teaching its dwindling student body that only the Great Helmsman himself can save the People's Republic. Xu Donghuan meets a principal who dances to his own, old tune. Pictures by Simon Song.

1 Oct 2013 - 9:54AM
30 Aug 2013 - 3:10PM
Video: artist Ai Weiwei gets candid in new heavy metal album

Ai Weiwei has long been known for his unrelenting criticism of the government through works ranging from sculptures to art installations. Now, he is bringing this candid approach to his newfound passion for singing.

Ai Weiwei has long been known for his unrelenting criticism of the government through works ranging from sculptures to art installations. Now, he is bringing this candid approach to his newfound passion for singing.

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