Thousands of years of Chinese music will meet the 2017 era of stagecraft in the live stage production entitled Memory 5D+ – An Immersive Musical Odyssey to a Distant Past, created and devised by Ulan Xuerong, performing at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium May 26 and 27.
Memory 5D+ is an innovative, large-scale, live entertainment spectacular featuring 17 of China’s most revered musical performers, thought about as national treasures, performing on rare traditional instruments seldom heard in North America and in traditional Chinese performance forms. They are part of a cast of 43 of musicians, singers, and dancers that complete the show.
The styles featured in Memory 5D+ represent both recognizable Chinese musical forms to little-known, although amazing, virtuoso performances that Western audiences may liken to intense Western oriented jazz, classical, or world music performers.
The instruments employed include guqin (Chinese zither), “cowboy” flute, gijak, guzheng, konghou (Chinese harp), morin khuur (Mongolian horsehead fiddle), pipa (Chinese lute), Tuva drum (Shamanic drum), and two chordophones – Topshur and Yekele.
Memory 5D+ also uses Chinese performance arts including Chinese acrobatics, Dolan Muqam, Khoomei (Tuvan throat singing), Shadow Play, Suzhou Pingtan (storytelling and ballad singing from the Suzhou Dialect), Tibetan folk songs, and Urtin Duu (Mongolian Long Tune).
The $4 million production is set against an immersive backdrop of real, virtual and projected images and action that evokes China’s unique cultural heritage, showcasing many facets of the country’s abundant art forms.
The title Memory 5D+ refers to the expansive collective “memory” of Chinese performing arts of the past, and the intangible contribution they have made to Chinese culture that is brought fully alive and memorable in this performance. 5D+ evokes a cumulative experience beyond the five senses.
Memory 5D+ will have its World Premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with performances on Friday, May 26 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 27 at 8 pm. Tickets ranging from $38 to $128, and VIP premium seating, are available at Memory5d.com and all Ticketmaster outlets and charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787.
Pictured: Lucine Yue / courtesy of MEMORY 5D+
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