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Fragments of a Weaver Woman - a woman, a window, some stars. . . in pieces
A concert of dance, music and text

with Colleen Lanki, Matthew Romantini and Maki Yi
featuring music by members of The Orchid Ensemble with special guest Peggy Lee
costumes by Ines Ortner

Thursday July 17, 2014 - 8 to 9:30pm

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street, Vancouver)

$25 to $50
al fresco dinner, wine, cocktails and snacks available

Tickets: 604.662.3207 ext 221 or Eventbright

We are working on our next major dance-theatre work . . . and we are sharing some of what we've done under the stars in a stunning classical Chinese garden!

Fragments of a Weaver Woman is a concert of pieces inspired by the short story Weaver Woman, written by "the elder stateswoman of contemporary Korean literature," O-Chonghui. The story is a retelling of the Chinese myth of "The Weaver Princess and the Cowherd" - a story of lovers separated by the River of Heaven, or Milky Way.

This concert of "fragments" presents images from the story in dance, music and spoken text. Choreography by Colleen Lanki incorporates nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance). Music on erhu, percussion, voice and cello, is by members of the Orchid Ensemble with special guest Peggy Lee, featuring new compositions by Orchid Ensemble director, Lan Tung.

TomoeArts will be presenting a full-length version in Summer 2015.

See the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden site for more on their Enchanted Evening Series.

More on the Weaver Woman Project

more on the musicians...

Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan/US) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as "One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene"Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.

Guest artist Peggy Lee is a Cellist, improviser, and composer. She is part of the groups Standing Wave, The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing and Beautiful Tool. She has received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music, a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding composition and in 2013 Peggy was honoured with the City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards for Music.