- Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
Date: Fri. June 7, 2013 - Sun. August 11, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
Internationally acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle present two new installations specially commissioned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema. For more information, visit tiff.net/century
June 7 – August 11, 2013
TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
Admission: FREE to public
Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
Tours offered weekly starting June 9. More information
1) Yang Fudong – New Women《新女性》
“Celebrated Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong draws inspiration from the decadent aura of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. As immortalized in the racier films and literature of the era, Shanghai was an uneasy mixture of Chinese and foreign influence, of corruption and religious rectitude, of poets and policemen, and of the numerous types of “women of the night,” from streetwalkers to “sing-song” girls. All of this came to an end with the Japanese occupation of the city, but it left an indelible mark on succeeding generations of Chinese artists, and Chinese filmmakers especially. Shanghai’s creative energy, sexual charge and political ferment were a crucible of change for a society tentatively emerging from the stagnation and humiliations of the imperial era.” Continue reading…
2) Christopher Doyle – Away With Words《離言萬語》
“Christopher Doyle Du Ke Feng is best known as one of the world’s great cinematographers for his work on such films as The Peach Blossom Land, Chungking Express, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, In the Mood for Love and Hero. Doyle’s new project at TIFF is comprised of two multi-channel installations in complex dialogue with one another. According to Doyle, this new work seeks “to get away with and from words to explore the elemental nature of image-making and the personal nature of films and the film experience.” It also functions as a fragmentary and succinct history of Chinese (especially Hong Kong) cinema, and his own role within it. Continue reading…
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
Date: Thu. June 13, 2013 - Fri. June 28, 2013.
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.) (6 Garamond Ct.) - Toronto
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Shiseido presents the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. This year the festival will take place from June 13-28, 2013 at the JCCC.
The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized by Japanese audiences and film critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. The 2013 programme features a solid presentation of the most recent notable box office hits, breakthrough performances and highly-anticipated films. View full film programme here.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets: $10 (JCCC member). $12 (non-members). Buy tickets
The Opening Night reception kicks off on Thursday June 13 at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Tenchi – The Samurai Astronomer at 7:30pm.
Reel Asian Co-Presentation:
Fly With The Gold
Wednesday June 25, 2013 | Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
SYNOPSIS: Based on Kaoru Takamura’s best-selling novel, Kazuyuki Izutsu’s popular 2012 thriller finds a pair of former college mates embarking on a daring 1.5 billion yen gold bar heist from the HQ of Sumita Bank. Their 6 man team also includes an explosives expert, the bank security guard, a former elevator engineer and a North Korean spy (played by Korean pop superstar Chang-min of TVXQ!).
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto
Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.
“Feng Yi Ting” at Luminato
Date: Thu. June 20, 2013 - Sat. June 22, 2013.
Location: MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen's Park) - Toronto, Canada
Chinese opera, Feng Yi Ting will have its Canadian premiere at Luminato Festival as part of Luminato’s 2013 Premiere Series. Dates for Luminato Festival are Fri June 14 – Sun June 23.
The performance takes place at MacMillan Theatre every evening from June 20, 2013 – June 22, 2013 from 8:00pm – 8:55pm
More details and ticket information here
As interpreted by Guo Wenjing, one of China’s most respected contemporary composers, and critically-acclaimed stage director/filmmaker Atom Egoyan, the gem-like opera Feng Yi Tang explores the epic tale of Diao Chan (soprano Shen Tiemei), one of the fabled Four Beauties of ancient China whose seductive charms ignite an empire-threatening rivalry between ruthless warlord Dong Zhuo and the brave General Lu Bu (countertenor Jiang Qihu).
(Sung in Chinese with English and Chinese surtitles)
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TimesTalks Luminato – Atom Egoyan – Interviewed by Daniel J. Wakin
Sunday June 16 | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Isabel Bader Theatre
Beyond his lauded film career, Oscar nominated director Atom Egoyan has lent equal passion to an array of theatre, opera and visual arts projects. Among these works is Feng Yi Ting, an opera based on the ancient Chinese tale of Diao Chan, whose beauty and seductive grace nearly toppled an empire. In discussion with New York Times culture reporter Daniel J. Wakin, Egoyan will touch on his diverse experiences in directing opera, compare and contrast Feng Yi Ting‘s evolution with his masterful staging of Salome for the Canadian Opera Company, and speak about his broader career.
Panel Discussion: A Commitment to Washi
Date: Thu. June 20, 2013 - Thu. June 20, 2013.
Location: The Japanese Paper Place (77 Brock Avenue) - Toronto, Canada
Annyen Lam - How to Breathe – lithography and paper cut on Mura Koban
by artists in the exhibition “A Commitment to Washi: artists exploring Tosa Washi” including Cybèle Young, Libby Hague, Loree Ovens and many others.
Thurs. June 20 6:30-8:00 FREE
Have you admired Japanese paper from afar, but wondered just what to do with it? Tonight, several long-time users of washi share their journeys that have brought them to be part of this exhibition of works using paper from Kochi province in a myriad of media. This show, on at the JPP until the end of July will travel in November to be exhibited in Tokyo.
The Japanese Paper Place
77 Brock Avenue