Education and Talks

 
Wuji Ensemble Masterclasses
 

Composition Masterclass (Conducted in Cantonese)

Date: 29/3/2014 (Sat) 4:30-6 pm
Host: Solo Theatre (Music Director of Wuji Ensemble)
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Xiang Hai Xuan, Nan Lian Garden

Renowned Hong Kong composer Solo Theatre is Artistic Director of Wuji Ensemble.  This masterclass will explore the inner world of the composer and strive to decompose the composer's intricate train of thoughts, tracing his creative processes back to the basics, exposing the musical elements so that they can be savoured and appreciated in its compositional context.

Chanting Masterclass(Conducted in English)

Date: 30/3/2014(Sun)4:30-6 pm
Host: Prof. Richard Tsang
Speaker & Live Demonstration: Ani Choying Drolma
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Xiang Hai Xuan, Nan Lian Garden

Chanting is a genre uncommon in Hong Kong. While most of the time improvisatory, the pure voices of chanters very often transport one to a state of spiritual bliss. Hosted by Hong Kong veteran composer Professor Richard Tsang, we hope to strike an interactive conversation with renowned Nepalese chanter Ms. Ani Choying Drolma in this chanting masterclass, providing insights to spiritual chanting from a composer/musician’s point of view. This promises to be an enlightening experience for the audiences.

 

Tickets available at URBTIX outlets from 15 February onwards.

Programme Enquiries: 2722-1650; info@rhapsoarts.com
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734-9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111-5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Presented by: Wuji Ensemble
Sponsors: Dunhuang Culture Promotion Foundation, Buddhist Compassion, Digital Heritage, King Fook Jewelry
Organized by: RhapsoArts

Wuji Ensemble is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 
Wuji Ensemble - "The Art of Dunhuang" Lecture Series
 

Speaker (Conducted in Putonghua): Hou Liming (Director and Researcher of the Dunhuang Research Institute’s Fine Arts Research Institute)
Venue: Recital Hall of Hong Kong City Hall
Tickets: $80 (Free Seating) (No half-price discount applied)

Hou Liming is currently Director and Researcher of the Dunhuang Research Institute’s Fine Arts Research Institute, in addition to being Guest Professor of the Murals Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. His main works have included: copying the early Tang dynasty mural “Music Dance” from Dunhuang’s Cave 220; copying the Yuan dynasty mural “Mandala” from Cave No. 3 of the Yulin Caves; copying part of the mural from the burial chamber of Japan’s Takamatsu Tomb; copying the mural from Jin Tang Wall No. 6 at Falong Temple; copying the Yuan dynasty roof mural of Dunhuang Cave No. 3; copying the Tang dynasty mural “Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva” from Dunhuang Cave No. 45; and copying the Western Xia mural “Guanyin of Water Moon” from Cave 29 of the Yulin Caves, all of which have been collected by the Dunhuang Research Institute.

Wuji Ensemble’s “Decoding of the Art of Dunhuang” is part of its “Images of Dunhuang” lecture series. The art of Dunhuang murals is expansive and wide-ranging in scope while profound and deep in details. Dunhuang culture is being held in the highest regard and is widely researched. Conducted in Putonghua, this series of lectures is hosted by none other than Professor Hou Liming, Director of the Fine Arts Research Institute of the authoritative Dunhuang Research Institute, hoping to unveil the mystical art of Dunhuang murals to the general public.

Lecture 1: The Beautiful Dunhuang – Dunhuang Murals Appreciation & Analysis (Part I)
15 March, 2014 (Sat) 2:30-4 pm

Dunhuang, being the border and node between Eastern and Western civilizations, created a collision point and initiated a dialogue between the two by way of religion and arts at the dawn of human civilization, and through continuous selections and explorations, resulted in a communion over Dunhuang murals. The rich and exotic characteristics in early Dunhuang murals are the fruit of this collision between civilizations.

Lecture 2: The Beautiful Dunhuang – Dunhuang Murals Appreciation & Analysis (Part II)
15 March, 2014 (Sat) 4:30-6 pm

Chinese culture and arts, having gone through the depositions and accumulation in Sui Dynasty, reached an extraordinary peak that has far-reaching impact, and through the Dunhuang murals reached its pinnacle. Through changes in time and dynasties, Dunhuang murals have experienced changes and depositions in its aesthetics and styles, resulting in the most important component in the history of Chinese religious paintings.

Lecture 3: Consecrated Praise that Spans a Millennium – Appreciation and Analysis of an Exemplar in Dunhuang Mural, “Sacrificing the Body to Feed the Tiger”
16 March, 2014 (Sun) 2:30-4 pm

Sacrifice and sublimation are the running themes in Buddhist stories, and these themes produced different contexts and expressions according to different locations, cultures and modes of expressions. In different hands, the same stories with the same themes would experience different flavours because of the creators’ designs and differences in inspirations. The Dunhuang mural “Sacrificing the Body to Feed the Tiger” is a classic example in this kind of commentary and analogy.

Lecture 4: An Introduction on the Redemptive Copying of Dunhuang Yulin Cave No. 29
16 March, 2014 (Sun) 4:30-6 pm

Yulin Cave No. 29 is a representative cave of the Western Xia period. Owing to natural and man-made causes, the murals had experienced critical erosions of different degrees and long since lost its original façade, while degenerations continued in recent years. To avoid continuous erosion of information on the murals, the members of the Dunhuang Research Institute’s Fine Arts Research Institute went through four years of redemptive copying to truthfully record and preserve the existing facades and visible images of the murals in that cave at the beginning of the 21st century, and to display again the artistic uniqueness and excellence of the Western Xia period.

 

Tickets available at URBTIX outlets from 15 February onwards.

Programme Enquiries: 2722-1650; info@rhapsoarts.com
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734-9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111-5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Presented by: Wuji Ensemble
Sponsors: Dunhuang Culture Promotion Foundation, Buddhist Compassion, Digital Heritage, King Fook Jewelry
Organized by: RhapsoArts

Wuji Ensemble is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region