Happy work: Figuren Theatre Vlinders & Co from Belgium
will bring their chamber comedy "Washing and Magic Changing"
to Beijing audiences.
The imaginative play is full of humour and wit. Two office
cleaners, both bored with routine work, want to find a way to
break out of monotony.
Time: 7:30 pm, August 4-6
Place: China Puppet Art Theatre, A1 Anhuali, Chaoyang
Tel: 6425-4798, 6424-7085
Summertime 'Nutcracker': Children on summer vacation in
Beijing have the opportunity to enjoy the puppet-art version
of "The Nutcracker," based on the ballet by Tchaikovsky and
performed by China Puppet Art Troupe.
Time: 7:30 pm, until July 16
Place: China Puppet Theatre, A1 Anhuali, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6425-4798, 6424-7085
Family dynamics: The Beijing People's Art Theatre will
stage their repertoire "Beijing People."
Adapted to the famous Chinese playwright Cao Yu's work
written in 1941, the play focuses on a declining aristocratic
family in Beijing during the federal times before the War of
Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).
The family members struggle to live with each other amidst
Compared with Cao's other well-known work "Thunder Storm,"
which stress ethics and morals in relationships, this
three-act play pointedly critiques federal culture and
Time: 7:30 pm, until July 23
Place: Capital Theatre, 22 Wangfujing Dajie
Jungle story: The Bulgarian Sofia Puppet Theatre will
present the story of "Mowgli."
Mowgli, a 10-year-old boy raised by a wolf in the jungle,
struggles with shortcomings like every child and tries to find
himself when he faces contradictory choices.
Time: 7:30 pm, July 21-23
Place: China Puppet Theatre, A1 Anhuali
Tel: 6425-4798, 6424-7085
Issue of the heart: Director Meng Jinghui will stage the
musical drama "Amber."
Gao Yuan, a cynical young man with a strong superiority
complex, cannot help falling in love with Xiao You at first
sight. But Xiao, a museum commentator, has a secret. After the
death of her fianc, Gao receives her lover's heart in a
Time: 7:30 pm, July 20-30
Place: Poly Theatre, Dongsi Shitiao
Tel: 6506-5345, 6506-5343
Peacock flies again: For Peking Opera lovers, the upcoming
show "Peacock Flying Southeastward" will be a precious chance
to appreciate the classic performance by the Cheng School of
The Cheng School of Peking Opera was created by Cheng
Yanqiu, one of the four great dan (female role) actors,
together with Mei Lanfang, Shang Xiaoyun and Xun Huisheng.
The Cheng School is distinct for its strong but gentle
singing, and their graceful water sleeve dancing skills.
Adapted from an ancient poem, the play tells the tragic
love story of a couple who are forced to divorce by a strict
Time: 7:30 pm, July 29
Place: Chang'an Grand Theatre, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie
Joyful jugglers: The China Acrobatic Troupe is staging a
night variety show at the Tiandi Theatre, where the seemingly
impossible becomes reality, where performers spin plates and
Contortionists show incredible feats of flexibility as
acrobats leap through the air.
Integrating superlative juggling, unicycling, balancing and
jumping through hoops with the finest ancient Chinese dancing,
the star-studded cast aims to impress.
Time: 7:15 pm, daily
Place: 10 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Chaoyang District
All-year acrobatics: Chaoyang Theatre is one of the few
Beijing theatres to present acrobatics all year.
Top acrobats invited from all over the country perform for
Chinese and foreign audiences.
The programme features trick cycling, leaping through hoops
and Chinese magic tricks.
Some of the artists have won prizes in international
Time: 7:15 pm, daily
Place: 36 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6507-2421, 6507-1818
Children's voices: The British Colombia Children's Choir
will bring their talent to Beijing.
Founded in 1968, the troupe enjoys a high reputation
worldwide. The choir has prepared 30 songs in nearly 10
Time: 7:30 pm, July 15,16
Place: Poly Theatre, Dongsi Shitiao, Chaoyang District
Time: 6506-5345, 6506-5343
Chamber music: A concert will be staged at Peking
University by the Swiss Piano Trio.
Established in 1998, the trio of pianist Martin Lucas
Staub, violinist Angela Golubeva and cellist Sbastien Singer,
have toured 25 countries.
They have also taken part in numerous festivals worldwide
and co-operated with famous composers.
Time: 7 pm, July 19
Place: Peking University Concert Hall, Peking University
Tel: 6275-2279, 6275-9637
Chinese music teaching: Guzheng performer Wang Zhongshan
will host a lecture/concert.
Wang will play classical works together with his students,
while explaining the music to the audience.
Time: 7:30 pm, July 23
Place: Forbidden City Concert Hall
Family affair: He Wenguang, a composer of the Naxi ethnic
minority, will bring five members of his family to the stage.
The three generations, his grandmother, parents, daughter
and son, will sing old folk songs of their homeland in Yunnan
Province. The 73-year-old grandma, Xiao Rulian, was born to be
a singer and can sing different songs for days.
With musical talent in his blood, He has a repertoire of
around 100 folk songs.
Time: 7:30 pm, August 2
Place: Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park
Hip-hop hit-maker: Top-selling band Black Eyed Peas brings
its mixture of hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, pop and folk to
Its members, Will.I.Am, Fergie, Apl.de.Ap and Taboo, are
skilled in mixing various elements into their performances,
making the band a hit-maker in the cross-genre, pop music
Time: 7:30 pm, July 18
Place: Beizhan Theatre, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District
Energetic band: The Painful Belief Band is set to rock
Lead singer Gao Hu, is accompanied by his bassist, two
drummers and three guitar players.
Time: 8 pm, July 20
Place: Star Live Concert Hall, 3/F Tango, 79 Heping Xijie
Pure sound: Famed as the "Prince of Love Songs," Jeff Zhang
moves his fans with pure emotion. He has released many albums,
most of which have sold well.
Time: 7:30 pm, August 13
Place: Great Hall of the People, west of Tian'anmen Square
Tel: 6417-7845, 6608-1188
Geography of art: Jing Shijian, an art professor from the
Hangzhou-based China Academy of Art in East China's Zhejiang
Province, is staging his one-man show entitled "Geography of
Art" at the National Art Museum of China.
On display are at least 20 of his latest works of oil
paintings, sculptures and installations.
A large portion of the works are rendered in a surrealistic
fashion, reflecting the artist's thoughts on such issues as
the social role of intellectuals and the situation of
traditional Chinese culture in a globalizing world.
Time: 9 am-6 pm, until July 29
Place: 1 Wusi Dajie
Debut celebration: To welcome the official launch of the
central digital TV paintings and calligraphy channel on July
18, a grand show is set, displaying 100 carefully selected
works of calligraphy, ink paintings, oil on canvas, and
Time: 9 am-5 pm, until July 20
Place: National Art Museum of China, 1 Wusi Dajie
Hardship in focus: Jiang Jian's new photography series
named "Archives on Orphans" zooms in on the fate of 1,000
In 2004, the Federation of Philanthropic Organizations in
Henan Province and the Shaolin Temple jointly launched a
campaign to provide aid to 1,036 orphans in the province.
Jiang plans to take pictures of the orphans every five
years to keep a record.
Time: 10 am-6 pm, until July 27
Place: 798 Photo Gallery, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang
Designer's show: Renowned Chinese artist/designer Lin Jing
is set to hold her solo art show at the Contrasts Gallery.
On show will be a dozen of her latest works of furniture,
industrial designs, sculptures and installations.
With an art education background in both China and Belgium,
Lin always tries to weld Chinese elements and concepts with
Western techniques in various art genres.
Her previous work ranges from oil paintings, clothes,
tableware, pottery and ceramics, installation and landscape
Time: 9 am-6 pm, July 28-August 25
Place: Contrasts Gallery, 798 Dashanzi Art Zone, 4
Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
Creatures great and small: Artist Wang Luhuan moves viewers
with his vivid stone sculptures of tiny creatures. Calligraphy
and poems are also added to provide a literary flavour.
Exhibits include 50 sculptures, 12 ink paintings and eight
Wang has studied Chinese painting since his childhood. He
graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and has
worked in the Palace Museum since 1973.
Time: 9 am-5 pm, until August 8
Place: World Art Museum inside China Millennium Monument, A
9 Fuxing Lu
Smoking faces: Artist Yan Yu is displaying his "Smoker"
series this month.
Focusing on the facial expressions of male and female
smokers, Yan attempts to transmit a kind of living status
Yan has lived in Songzhuang Artist Village for nearly eight
years and enjoys the simple, quiet country life.
Time: 9 am till midnight, until July 30
Place: Artist Village Gallery, 1 North of Rencun,
Industrial wasteland: Zhao Xiaojia's industrial landscape
series conveys extreme anxiety.
Living for many years in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning
Province, a big industrial city in northern China, Zhao
highlights the decline of the factories and the communities
that depended on them.
Using brown, black and red, he records the ruins of Chinese
modernization and his fears and worries.
Time: 10 am-6:30 pm, until July 30
Place: Highland Gallery, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu
Dreamy land: On a brightly coloured tableau, the image of
butterflies dominate, as painter Wu Dewu creates a dreamy
scene called "An Inaccessible World."
Time: 10 am-5 pm, until July 30
Place: Red T Space, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu
Clay sculptures: Nicknamed a "Clay Sculpture King in
Yan'an," Wang Wenhai has created a series of 100 works
depicting Chairman Mao Zedong, in sizes ranging from several
centimetres to that of a real person.
Time: 11 am-6:30 pm, until July 31
Place: Margin Art, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Interlocking images: Abstract oil paintings by Gao Runxi
impress visitors with smooth lines and dense colour.
Through the images that interlock with each other, viewers
can feel the rhythm of life and its vitality.
Time: 10 am-5 pm, until July 25
Place: Melodic Gallery, 14 Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District
In the mix: The Songzhuang Art Co-operative is holding its
Third Visual Art Exhibition, with 28 contemporary artists
joining to display oil paintings, digital video works,
photographs, installations and performing arts, with no
definition or restriction on themes.
Time: 11 am-5 pm, until July 24
Place: Songzhuang Art Co-operative, Tongzhou District
Chorus concert: "Sound of Sports" chorus team of the State
Sport General Administration will give an open air concert on
The programme includes solo performances as well as male
and female choruses, but most importantly, all of their songs
pertain to sports.
The choir, founded in 2000, is composed of senior athletes,
senior coaches and senior sports workers.
Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am, July 16,
Place: Beijing Shijingshan International Sculpture Park,
Yuquan Lu, Haidian District
(China Daily 07/15/2006 page8)