The small-scale story of the father and family of director Yan Ting Yuen told within the context of the vast history of China and the Chinese diaspora. Her father led three very different lives: one in Dapeng, China, one in Hong Kong, and one in the Netherlands. Were these all his own choices or was he merely drawn into the vortex of history?
After the 10th edition of its main festival in Amsterdam, the CinemAsia Film Festival 荷蘭亞洲電影節 goes to KINO Rotterdam on 6th and 7th of May. In KINO’s CinemAsia weekend, filmlovers can enjoy a special selection from contemporary Asian cinema with feature films from China, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. There’s also a made in Holland section with Asian diaspora stories about Dutch-Asian identity, produced by young filmmakers. Besides the film screenings, the audience in Rotterdam can also sing their hearts out at Rainbow Karaoke and explore their taste of Asia from KINO’s fabulous bar and kitchen.
Selection of Chinese porcelain decorated with characters, 17th and 18th century
Elegant brushstrokes with an instant appeal to the imagination: Chinese characters have something truly magical about them. Not only because of their intrinsic beauty –to Western eyes at least – but also because of their wonderful symbolism and the often extraordinary stories they can tell. From 25 March, the Gemeentemuseum lets Chinese porcelain speak for itself by unravelling the mysteries behind the characters inscribed on it. China Character is an exhibition replete with stories that will transport you to different parts of China. Stories of customs, beliefs, love, mythical figures and historical events.
Women in Red is a solo performance by actor, film maker and theatre director Mo Lai Yan-chi. She is president of FM Theatre Power, a prominent participatory theatre company from Hong Kong. Her performance consists of eight stories that she selected from many years of practicing Playback Theatre, a form of improvisational theatre that involves audience members telling their own stories and actors re-enacting them instantly for them on stage. Mo Lai says: “Playback Theatre is lately gaining popularity in Hong Kong, although we at FM Theatre Power have been doing this for around a decade. […] The audiences come not just to watch a show, but to share their real-life stories. In these 10 years, I must have listened to several hundred stories – many of which have touched me or inspired me in their own ways. I hope that they will be heard by a larger audience, because these [storytellers’] lives have influenced mine. As an actress, I hope to bring these stories to more people.”
FM Theatre Power will come to ICAF with four of its members, including Mo Lai and our guest curator Bonnie Chan. During the festival they will facilitate a Playback and Playforward Theatre workshop in which they will illustrate the many challenges they encounter in today’s Hong Kong.
In addition to Women in Red and the FM Playback/Playforward workshop, ICAF will also screen Mo Lai’s feature film 1+1
Anoniem, prent uit Olfert Dapper, Gedenkwaerdig bedryf in het Keizerrijk van Taising of Sina, 1670, Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Barbaren & Wijsgeren
Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw
De tentoonstelling Barbaren & Wijsgeren belicht de wederzijdse beeldvorming tussen China en Nederland in de zeventiende eeuw. Nederlanders waren gefascineerd door de cultuur van het ‘Hemelse Rijk’, Chinezen verbaasden zich over de Nederlandse ‘roodharige barbaren’. Een keur aan schilderijen, tekeningen, porselein en modellen brengt de culturele uitwisseling in kaart. De tentoonstelling is te zien in het Frans Hals Museum van 25 maart tot en met 20 augustus 2017.