A showcase of Shanghai talent
Six different and amazing acts from Shanghai will perform at Auckland Lantern Festival in 2019:
Li Haitao plays the morinhuur, a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument, and has mastered the Khöömei style of singing (throat singing) that originates from Mongolia.
Yu Hanyi is a rock and blues musician. He is a talented guitarist, harmonicist and singer - in 2017 he made the top ten in a China-wide singing competition!
Talented saxophone musician Hua Jun is back to perform again. Hua Jun received his training from the world-famous Kenny G, and can play several different kinds of saxophones.
Ning Xiangnan was born and raised in Jiangzhou, Shanxi Province, the hometown of traditional Chinese drum music. He is a professional percussion performer, who participated in the fantastic drum performance of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Yang Liu is a versatile musician who can play several instruments. He graduated from a professional art academy and has performed for many major television networks in China, as well as many major performances in large music events. His chosen instrument for Auckland Lantern Festival 2019 is the keyboard.
Zheng Yongqiang, a graduate from Henan Acrobatic Art school in both acrobatics and magic, will wow audiences with his superb martial arts and versatile acrobatic performances. Martial arts have played a huge part in his life from an early age and has deeply influenced his innovative performances on the stage.
Hemispheres by Footnote New Zealand Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company
A fusion of artists from both sides of the Pacific Ocean: Hemispheres is an impressive international collaboration between the longest-running contemporary dance companies in New Zealand and China.
Hemispheres is headlined by Mass Solitude, a spell-binding new work choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull and performed by both companies. Mass Solitude showcases the technical mastery of detailed movement - a signature characteristic of Chinese dance companies. The performance will demonstrate the powerful physicality that New Zealand dancers are renowned worldwide. Adding to the evening of exceptional artistry is Elliptical Fictions, choreographed by New Zealander Zahra Killeen-Chance, as well as excerpts from The Spring Tide, choreographed by Taiwanese artist Wu Chien-Wei.
An excerpt of Hemispheres will be performed at the opening ceremony of Auckland Lantern Festival on Thursday 14 February. Head to the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna for the full masterpiece.
Beihang University Art Troupe
The Art Troupe of Beihang University is a sixty-year strong arts and culture programme. It consists of sub-groups such as the dance troupe, the modern Chinese orchestra, the symphony orchestra, the drama troupe and the martial arts troupe.
More than 500 university students are involved with the Art Troupe, but only a small sample have travelled to New Zealand to perform. Five incredible music and dance performances choreographed by the Art Troupe will conclude the opening ceremony of the Auckland Lantern Festival.