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China To Hackney Festival

presented by CYCT

Four extraordinary shows bring the very best in Chinese arts and entertainment to Hackney.

Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street London E 8 1 EJ Box Office 020 8985 2424
Overground to Hackney Central, Tickets £25.00 - £10.00
Buses 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277

Light up the World: Dou Dou in Concert Wed 8th August 7.30pm Tickets £27.50 - £10

Young Chinese singing sensation, Dou Dou, made her name performing the theme song of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

She has gone on to become one of the most famous singers in China today. This stunning new pop concert marks her first solo appearance outside China.

Trained by the famous Chinese singer Wang Ku, DouDou’s most famous songs are: Hardworking, The First Lesson, Pure Love like Children, Country (nursery rhymes), Life, A Gathering Meal and many others.

Hackney Empire has been selected as a fitting venue for the European debut of this breakthrough Chinese young artist given Hackney's particularly rich cultural and ethnic diversity and DouDou's commitment to closing the distance between the Eastern and Western worlds.

Chinese Youth Carnival Thurs 9th August Tickets £5.00; 7.30pm

An enthralling showcase of traditional and contemporary music, martial arts, dance and drama with over 200 young participants from across China.

Lv Wei In Concert with the London Philharmonia Sat 11th August 7.30pm £5.00

Lv Wei is one of the most recognised young opera singers in China today. Her distinct style has made her one of the country’s most successful exports performing all over the globe, most recently at the Acrimboldi Theatre in Milan – where her concert was broadcast live in China and 100 countries all over the world. She will be joined on the Empire stage by The London Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Lu Jia. Lv Wei was China’s Cultural Ambassador of the Year in 2011.

In 2005, Ms. Lv Wei won the best folk singer award on CCTV-MTV Award. In 2008 Stories of the South Yangtze River in her personal CD Album won the Sixth Chinese “Gold Record” award and won “Top China Award” in 2009.

The Monkey King & Other Tales Sun12th August 1.00pm & 5.00pm Tickets £27.50 - £10

Three traditional Peking Opera tales performed by Guizhou Peking Opera Theatre – The Monkey King, Farewell My Concubine and The Romance on the Rainbow Bridge. This triple bill of classic tales which follow the magical, mysterious and mischievious characters from ancient Chinese myth and folklore.

The Monkey King is adapted from the classical Chinese novel ‘Journey To The West’

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, is creating havoc in the Heavenly Place with his mischievous tricks . He is captured and thrown into the Eight Trigram Furnace. Instead of cremation, his body is tempered by the flames and he emerges transformed and stronger than before. His eyes are now fiery with Golden Pupils. Sun Wukong breaks out of the furnace and fights his way out of the palace. The Jade Emperor, the ruler of the Celestial Realm, appeals to the Buddha for help. The Buddha leads his eighteen warrior-disciples against Sun Wukong. The climax of the story is a spectacular acrobatic battle.

Farewell My Concubine tells the story of Xian Yu and Liu Ban – two kings competing for control of the Empire during the last years of the Qin Dynasty (221 to 207 B.C.E) After years of constant fighting Xian Yu is defeated by Liu Ban. Alone in his tent with his concubine Yu Ji, Xian Yu tries t drown his sorrows whilst Yu Ji attempts to cheer him by performing a Sword-Dance. Eventually Xian Yu commits suicide to preserve the last of his dignity.

The Romance on the Rainbow Bridge tells the story of the romance between the celestial Lin Bo and the mortal prince Bai Yong. Together they must fight for the freedom to marry, facing opposition from Heaven itself.

Wed 8th - Sun 12 August 2012

27 July 2012