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Under the following link you will find an article on this choreographic work published by the Chinese newspaper "People's Daily": http://rmrbimg2.people.cn/data/rmrbwap/paper.html?articleid=1657144_paper_1657144&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=1

March 2016

High-ranking guests from China for the Folkwang Dance Studio premiere

ROTKAMMERTRAUM_ a choreography based on the classic Chinese novel "The Dream of the Red Chamber"

On 15th May, the Folkwang Dance Studio (FTS) performed the premiere of a work by Fang Yu Shen in the New Aula at the Folkwang Essen-Werden Campus. This work, entitled "ROTKAMMERTRAUM", is a choreography based on the classic Chinese novel "The Dream of the Red Chamber" by the poet Cao Xueqin, the 300th anniversary of whose birth is being celebrated this year. The production has been made possible by the Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd.

The premiere was inspired by the Beijing Cao Xueqin Society, who are planning various events around the world to celebrate Cao Xueqin on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the poet's birthday. The Folkwang University of the Arts had received a request to reflect the original book in a contemporary dance version from a European perspective.
The premiere was attended by many prominent persons from China, including the Chinese Cultural Ambassador Ping Chen as well as Ms XiaoJing Zhang chairperson from the Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd., the company that provided the financial backing for the production.

"The Dream of the Red Chamber" is one of the most important novels in Chinese literature and dates back to the period of Imperial China 250 years ago. It deals with the rise and fall of an aristocratic Chinese family, with over 350 figures playing a role in the book. The choreographer and Folkwang graduate Fang-Yu Shen compressed the 18th century story down to sixteen protagonists, with ten dancers from the FTS and five guest dancers appearing in her version. The music to "ROTKAMMERTRAUM" was especially composed by Christian Jost. The Folkwang alumnus Günter Hellweg is responsible for stage and facilities.

In addition to the performances at the Folkwang University of the Arts, a tour of the production in China is also planned. Furthermore, negotiations are also taking place regarding further German-Chinese productions with the Folkwang Dance Studio.

Groß / 16th May 2015

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 Ensemble

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 left to right: Mr Ping Chen, Counsellor of the Chinese Cultural Office, Dr. Ning-ning Loh-John, Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd. and Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Rector of Folkwang University

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 Ensemble with Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd.

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 left to right: Mr Ping Chen, Counsellor of the Chinese Cultural Office, Dr. Ning-ning Loh-John, Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd., choreographer Ms Fang-Yu Shen, composer Mr Christian Jost and Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Rector of Folkwang University

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 left to right: Dr. Ning-ning Loh-John, Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd. and Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Rector of Folkwang University

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 left to right: Mr Ping Chen, Counsellor of the Chinese Cultural Office, Mr Michael Fricke, Chancellor of Folkwang University, Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd., Ms Ning-ning Loh-John and Prof. Kurt Mehnert, Rector of Folkwang University

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015 left to right: composer Mr Christian Jost, Ms XiaoJing Zhang, chairwoman of Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Investment Co., Ltd., choreographer Ms Fang-Yu Shen, stage designer Mr Günter Hellweg and Ms Claudia Lüttringhaus of FTS

ROTKAMMERTRAUM, FTS premiere, 15.05.2015, left to right: Min Li (costumes), Gonzalo H. Rodriguez (video), Rodrigo Alves Azevedo (assistant choreographer), Daniel Matheus (dramaturgical staff), Christian Jost (music), Fang-Yu Shen (choreograph) Günter Hellweg (stage|light)


Folkwang Dance Studio Premiere on 15th May

ROTKAMMERTRAUM_ a choreography based on the classic Chinese novel "The Dream of the Red Chamber"

The Folkwang Dance Studio (FDS) invites you on 15th May to the premiere of a work by Fang Yu Shen in the New Aula at the Folkwang Essen-Werden Campus. "ROTKAMMERTRAUM" is a choreography based on the classic Chinese novel "The Dream of the Red Chamber" by the poet Cao Xueqin, the 300th anniversary of whose birth is being celebrated this year.

"The Dream of the Red Chamber" is one of the most important novels in Chinese literature and dates back to the period of Imperial China 250 years ago. It deals with the rise and fall of an aristocratic Chinese family; over 350 figures play a role in the book. The choreographer and Folkwang graduate Fang Yu Shen has compressed the 18th century story down to sixteen protagonists, with ten dancers from the FTS and five guest dancers appearing in her version. The music to "ROTKAMMERTRAUM" has been especially composed by Christian Jost. The Folkwang alumnus Günther Hellweg is responsible for stage and facilities.

This premiere has been inspired by the Beijing Cao Xueqin Society, who are planning various events around the world to celebrate Cao Xueqin on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the poet's birthday. The Folkwang University of the Arts was requested to reflect the original book in a contemporary dance version from a European perspective.

A tour of China is also planned in addition to the performances at Folkwang. Active support by Michael Fricke, chancellor of Folkwang University of the Arts, and Beijing Cao Xueqin Society made the performances possible. Special thanks goes to the investor Ms Xiaojing Zhang. Huaxia Tianxi Shengye (Beijing) International Co. Ltd, cooperational partner of Folkwang University of the Arts, owns the copyright of the dance piece.
As soon as the performance dates have been finalised, they will be posted both on the new Folkwang University of the Arts Chinese website.

The premiere of "ROTKAMMERTRAUM" will take place on Friday, 15th May at 7.30 pm in the New Aula at the Werden Campus. Follow-up performances on 16th, 22nd and 23rd May at 7:30 pm will also be held there.
Tickets (10 Euros, reduced price tickets at 5 Euros) can be ordered by telephone under: 0201 4903 231 and from the box office on the day.

Groß / 2. April 2015