New Harbourfront Centre 2005 Summer Festival!
through Sunday July 24, 2005
TORONTO, July 13, 2005-
celebrates the cultural and
artistic vitality of China past and present at a new summer festival! Dim
Sum: Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture
(July 22 through
July 24) is a vibrant
display of Chinese Arts and artists from Canada and beyond that serves
up internationally recognized Canadians like Kid Koala
, Kai Chan
and Judy Fong Bates
Canadian debut of
China's groundbreaking "Sister Drum
" worldwide singing sensation
Some of the country's best modern dancers honour influential
Chinese dancer and choreographer Madam Dai Ai Lian
tribute of original solo pieces. Prominent Chinese-Canadian playwrights
and authors offer up their works
while a variety of traditional dance and music completes the
yin and yang of Dim Sum
and suitable for the entire family. All events take
place at Harbourfront Centre
(235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto). Dim
Sum: Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture is
Harbourfront Centre's first major summer festival to explore the
contemporary Chinese cultural identity.
On the Dim Sum: Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture
Harbourfront Centre Infodesk personnel will be available to answer
questions in Cantonese and Mandarin.
For general information
(in English only) the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
MUSIC (concert listings below):
A kaleidoscope of
innovative international and Canadian
contemporary music will be featured. The festival finale offers the
Canadian debut of international recording star Dadawa (Zhu Zheqin)
who in 1995 became the first China-based artist to be signed to major
record label deal since 1950. Her World Pop album Sister-drum
the song of the same name is a milestone in China music history (it
became the first Chinese recording ever to be distributed worldwide in
56 countries and regions simultaneously and sold over a million
(Montreal) transforms renowned turntable sound
from CD to live show by using four turntables and astounding technique!
Arguably the best freestyle rapper in the world right now - Jin
(Miami) meteoric rise began when he won multiple BET Freestyle
championships on the 106 and Park
show. This resulted in a
Ruff Ryders' records contract. His debut album The Rest Is History
from Kanye West and Wyclef Jean.
Toronto's The Quartertones
Urban music mix of live rare groove Funk, Soul and Jazz over a laptop
and drum machine. This unique group features three Jazz musicians along
with two nationally known veteran hip-hop producers (DJ Serious and
Planet Pea). Vancouver's No Luck Club
are a three member
hip-hop explosion of styles and sound bites hailed by music critics
across North America. The group were included as part of Urb
influential Next 100
last year. Mississauga hip-hop emcee
has achieved much
respect and recognition for her lyrical and vocal talents - she
performs with the M1 Academy.
showcase features author Day's Lee
Jazz vocalist Edward
Soul singer Moulann
and fashion designs by Letty Lam
This showcase is produced by the Chinese Canadian National Council -
Youth Council (CCNC Youth Council).
Bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional Chinese musical
offerings (and East/West musical traditions) are Toronto
pianist/composer Lee Pui Ming
- whose works fearlessly blend and
transcend Classical, Jazz, World and Folk music. Pui Ming will perform
a special repertoire of popular Chinese songs from the 1950s and 1960s
at this concert.
, whose trio of performers use ancient
traditions (from China and beyond) to create accessible and elegant
World music. Toronto's George Gao
has an international
reputation as a master erhu player and composer who constantly applies
the instrument to Classical and modern forms. He has performed solo
worldwide as well as composing music for TV and Film. Toronto's Yellow
is a professional Chinese music troupe performing
traditional and contemporary Chinese music on instruments such as the
dizi (transverse bamboo flute), zhongruan (moon guitar), hulusi (gourd
based reed instrument), gaohu (high-pitched bowed lute), erhu
(python-skin bowed lute), guzheng (Chinese zither/harp), xiao (vertical
bamboo flute), and various percussion instruments. Montreal Pipa
(Chinese lute) and Guzheng (Chinese zither) performer Liu Fang
solo Pipa at the festival as well.
Chinese Opera is represented by two performances. Little Pear
Garden Collective presents
Peking Opera - Murder of a Concubine (Song by Xu Feng Ze
- Yan by
William Lau - Music by Jiangsu Province Chang Rong Peking Opera
Company - July 23 at 1 p.m.). Starlight Cantonese Opera stages
from the Cantonese opera Prince White-Dragon and the Lady General
(performed by Alice King-Ying Chan, Fong Siu Mei, and Marianne
July 24 at 1 p.m.).
Dim Sum Concert listings:
Friday July 22 - Liu Fang (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 22 - Lee Pui Ming (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 22 - Erhu and Flute duet performance with Min Jun Gao (9
p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 22 - George Gao Ensemble (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Saturday July 23 - Peking Opera - Murder of a Concubine
(1 p.m. -
July 23 - Erhu and Flute duet performance with Min Jun Gao (1
p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
July 23 - M1 Academy featuring Masia One (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 23 - The Quartertones (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 23 - Jin Tha MC (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 23 - Kid Koala (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 23 - Chinese Canadian Youth Cabaret featuring
author Day's Lee, Jazz vocalist Edward Tsoi,
Soul singer Moulann and fashion designs by Letty
p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
July 23 - No Luck Club with DJs Basic Soul Unit and John Kong
- Brigantine Room)
Sunday July 24 - Yellow River Ensemble (12:30 p.m. - Toronto
July 24 - Starlight Cantonese Opera (1 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
July 24 - Orchid Ensemble (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
July 24 - Dadawa (Zhu Zheqin) -
(4:30 p.m. - CIBC
DANCE: Dim Sum, in partnership with the Little Pear
presents the world premiere of a Lotus Dance Tribute to Madam
Lian (Beijing, China) - widely acknowledged as the most
person in Chinese modern dance (1940s to present). Nine
prominent Canadian dancers (including Zihao Li, Lee Huang,
Jeffrey Chan, Cynthia Tsang, Peter Chin, Elena
Quah, Xiao-nan Yu and
Ryan Boorn) will perform classical and contemporary solo dance
pieces at the Studio Theatre (8 to 9:30 p.m.).
This unique commission, curated by William Lau, celebrates the many
artistic accomplishments and 90th birthday of Madam Dai Ai Lian -
will also be present at this event.
Four celebrated Toronto community dance groups take
to the outdoor Toronto Star Stage. Groups like the Echo Dance
Association (July 23, 3 p.m.), the Chinese Dance Workshop Folk
Group (July 24, 2:30 p.m.), the Toronto Chinese Dance Company (July
3 p.m.) and the Orient Dance Company (July 24, 4 p.m.) present
variety of traditional and modern Chinese dance.
LITERARY: The works of prominent Chinese-Canadian authors and
staged readings of works by playwrights (in a series called Orient
Express) will be featured in a series of readings throughout
the weekend (details below).
Then and Now author readings (July 23, 12:30 p.m.,
Brigantine Room) include
Vancouver's Judy Fong Bates (whose works Midnight at the
China Dog and Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry have placed her
top echelon of Canadian writers) as well as Calgary author and
illustrator Ange Zhang, whose book Red Land, Yellow River
prestigious Bologna Children's Book Award, and Toronto's Terry Woo -
whose novel Banana Boys received wide acclaim and was made into
popular fu-GEN theatre production last fall at the Factory Theatre.
Hosted by Margaret Chan.
Orient Express (Friday July 22 at 9 p.m.,
July 23 at 4 p.m. and July 24 at 4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Dim Sum, in partnership with the fu-GEN Theatre Company,
staged readings of plays by nine Chinese-Canadian playwrights. Excerpts
read in English by Chinese-Canadian actors. Actors* appear courtesy of
Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Stage excerpts directed
by Nina Lee Aquino. Conceived and curated by the fu-GEN Theatre Company
Friday July 22 at 9 p.m.
Marty Chan's play Mom, Dad, I'm Living with
readings by Jo Chim*, Grace Lynn Kung, Richard Lee* and John Ng*
Keira Loughran's play Little
Dragon features readings by Jo Chim*, Grace Lynn Kung, Richard Lee*
and John Ng*
Huang's play R.O.C. [Republic of Confusion] features
readings by Jo ChiRm*
Saturday July 23 at 4 p.m.
Betty Quan's play Mother Tongue features readings by Ella
Chan, Marjorie Chan* and Norman Yeung
Marjorie Chan's play The Madness of The Square features
readings by Ella Chan and Marjorie Chan*
Norman Yeung's play Pu Erh features readings by Norman
Yeung and Richard Tse*
Sunday July 24 at 4:30 p.m.
David Yee's play Acquiesce features readings by Richard
Lee*, John Ng*, Jovanni Sy* and David Yee
John Ng's play The Wonder
Kwong features readings by
Richard Lee*, Jane Luk*, John Ng*, Jovanni Sy* and David
Jovanni Sy's* untitled play will also be performed by him
KIDS/Families: Free Dragon Boat rides for
place on the
Natrel Pond and our Kids Tent will offer Lantern
activities (noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24).
VISUAL ARTS: Acclaimed Toronto visual artist Kai Chan
exhibition 4 Souls, 2 Worlds - which will
include works by contemporary
Chinese-Canadian artists Millie Chen, Ed Pien, Kayo
O'Young and Lily
Yung. This exhibition will be on display throughout the summer at
Harbourfront Centre (July 16 to September, 2005 - York Quay Gallery).
FILM: This exceptional free admission film series in the
Studio Theatre lincludes an
exciting shorts program, a Hong Kong Cinema Showcase and acclaimed
features by directors like Wang Xiaoshaui and Ang Lee in
a documentary about master acrobat, illusionist and vaudevillian Long
Chinese Shorts Series (Friday July 22, 7:30 p.m.,
Curated by Grace Bai and Paul Moran (suitable for
audience 18 )
Exercise with Chin Yung (Wenhwa Ts'ao/ USA/ 8 min)
Images from seven years of home movies playfully introduce us to
the filmmaker’s father, Chin Yung, who constantly exercises in
public. Minimal text between images provides
colourful insight into the complex relationship between father and
Just Smile and Nod (Katie Yu / Canada / 9 min)
10 year old Matt is reluctant to visit Grandpa who doesn't "talk
proper English". Grandpa's groove talkin' reveals an unexpected
Fly (Luo Li / Canada / 5 min)
Experimental techniques and hand
painted brush strokes show birds in flight that inspire and bring life
to Chinese calligraphy.
Bridge Passage (Nicole Chung/ Canada/ 6 min)
Set to Broken Social Scene music, this stylish film poem
deals with urban alienation and the ability of love to provide solace.
A Chink in the Amour (Baun Mah / Canada / 26 min)
A tongue-in-cheek exploration into what it means to be Chinese.
>From driving to kung fu, volunteers undergo tests to challenge the
Hong Kong Cinema Showcase (Friday July 22, 9 p.m.,
In partnership with the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office and
Shong (Suitable for Audience 18 )
Throw Down (Johnnie To | Hong Kong | 2004 | 95 min)
An homage to Akira Kurosawa that maintains Johnnie To’s signature
filmmaking style of amazingly choreographed action, quirky humour,
hyper-kinetic editing and stunning cinematography capturing the colours
and contrasts of Hong Kong. The director of The Mission and PTU
presents the story of a former Judo champion, now Jazz club owner,
Sze-To (Louis Koo) on a downward spiral. Everyone wants something from
him but Sze-To is too alcoholic, in debt and aimless to help anyone
- including himself. To’s outstanding technical ability as a director
is shown in one of the greatest bar fight scenes in the history of Hong
Kong cinema. However, this is not a film all about action. Instead To
uses Judo as a metaphor for fallen characters.
Throw Down preceded by A Century of Hong Kong Cinema
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and Hong Kong
International Film Festival Society Ltd. (2004 | 10 min)In this
celebration of Hong Kong’s cinematic history a montage of classic shots
from familiar films (including scenes with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan
and films from Chow Yun-fat and John Woo) combine with rare archival
black and white footage, Mandarin musicals and early kung fu movies.
Beijing Bicycle (Wang Xiaoshaui | China | 2002 | 113 min)
Curated by Jane Kim (screening Saturday July 23, noon,
Guei (Cui Lin) arrives in Beijing from the countryside to deliver
packages by bicycle. He meticulously tracks the large payments to his
employer in order to take ownership of the bike essential for the job.
But when he nearly finishes paying it off, the bicycle disappears. Guei
searches the city to find that Jian (Li Bin), a student, has claimed
the bike as his own. The film gently uncovers the realities of modern
China where Guei and Jian must deal with the struggles between class,
human nature and the rites of passage. The editing builds up a dramatic
and exciting rhythm to reflect contemporary urban life in China.
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Ann Marie Fleming |
2003 | 89 min)
Curated by Jane Kim (screening Sunday July 24, 1 p.m.,
Long Tack Sam was a Chinese acrobat, master illusionist and 1920s
vaudeville sensation who lived a fantastical life on and off-stage.
Although he worked with Laurel and Hardy, Orson Welles and the Marx
Brothers, Vancouver-based filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming never knew this
about him even though he is her great-grandfather. Fleming travels to
five countries interviewing family and magicians who share memories of
his life and the times he lived in. She stylistically blends
interviews, archival footage and playful animation to create a visually
stunning and historically rich testament celebrating his spirit.
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (Ang Lee | Taiwan | 1994 | 124 min)
Curated by Jane Kim (screening Sunday July 24, 3:30 p.m.,
Ang Lee, director of Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet and
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, wonderfully examines food, family and
tradition in the international success, Eat. Drink, Man, Woman. An
aging master chef Tao Chu (Sihung Lung) lives with his three very
different daughters. Food in this film is not only a significant visual
motif but it plays a pivotal role in the characters’ lives. Each of the
family members seek out their own perfect recipe for love as the film
captures the beauty of the streets, countryside and in the kitchens of
Lee’s native country Taiwan.
FOOD: Cooking demos by Toronto chefs represent the four
different regional cuisines in China as well as dishes infused with
Chinese influences. Witness the creation of delicious steamy buns,
dumplings, dim sum and Chinese-infused Thai, then take the recipes home
and try them yourself! Hosted by Chef Christian Pritchard. Food
demonstration samples cost $1each.
(Saturday July 23 - Lakeside Terrace - 3 p.m.) - Chinese
Thai Lemon Grass Chicken Soup & Tropical Fried Rice with Logan
Fruit by Chef Sasi from the Sasi Thai Restaurant.
(Saturday July 23 - Lakeside Terrace - 5 p.m.) Dim Sum
Har Gao and Siu Mai (steamed Shrimp and Pork dumpling), vegetarian
Spring Rolls by Bright Pearl Seafood
(Sunday July 24 - Lakeside Terrace - 2:30 p.m.) Northern
Chinese Traditional Buns restaurant demonstrates "Gao Bu Li"
steamed buns and Northern dumplings
(Sunday July 24 - Lakeside Terrace - 4:30 p.m.) Cantonese
Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant prepares Chicken with Lemon Sauce,
and Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.
PANEL Discussions (Brigantine Room):
Mom, Dad, I’m not an Engineer! (Saturday July 23, 2 p.m.)
Artists and their parents face off about
Asian parental expectations when it comes to what their children pursue
as a career. Join in this intimate dialogue about coping with identity
and value differences between generations. Hosted by Margaret Chan.
What is Chinese? (Sunday July 24, 2 p.m.)
Join established Dim Sum festival artists like dancer Madam Dai
Ailian from China, visual artist Kai Chan and others while they talk
about what sparks their creative juices, how their diasporic identity
influences their artistic practice, and where they call "home". Hosted
by William Lau
WORKSHOPS (Marilyn Brewer Community Space):
Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting Demo (Saturday July 23, 2
Master Weiqi Zhou demonstrates this ancient paper craft with
precision and delicacy.
Calligraphy Demo (Saturday July 23, 4 p.m.)
Master Hon-Biu Cheng shows traditional Chinese Calligraphy in
paper and ink. Your name written in Chinese at this interactive demo.
Tea Talk (Sunday July 24, 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.)
Traditional Herbalist and Tea Enthusiast Jayme Cannon explores the
many benefits to be enjoyed from drinking tea daily. Topics:
tea harvesting/preparation, ancient Chinese harvesting
techniques/history, flowering teas (an ancient tea preparation)
DEMOS (Zoom Room):
Theatre Improv Demo (Saturday July 23, 3 p.m.)
Actor, writer, comedian, producer and director Jane Luk (four time
nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards for Funniest
Female Improvisor and a senior member of The Bad
Dog Theatre Co) leads an improv demo for all ages
Stage Combat Demo (Sunday July 24, 3 p.m.)
Siobhán Chin & Richard Lee (general manager of fu-GEN
Theatre Company) lead this exciting demo for all ages.
Dim Sum: Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture is generously
by the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural
Historical Treasures (CFPCCH).