Piano performance with Live sand-painting
The Butterfly Lovers is one of China’s Four Great Folktales.In 2006, it was inscribed in the first batch of The National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China by the Ministry of Culture. Young and well-acclaimed French pianists Duo Jatekok will perform together with Hoi Chiu, the renowned Hong Kong sand painting artist, and offer an creative interpretation of this Chinese folk legend.
The story is about a tragic love romance of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Zhu, disguises herself as a male student, and meet Liang at school. They study together for three years and become very close friends. One day Liang finally discover Zhu’s true identity and they fall in love. They are devoted to each other and they make a vow to stay together “till death do us part”. However, Zhu’s parents have already arranged for her to marry another man. Liang is heartbroken when he hears the news and his health gradually deteriorates. He becomes critically ill and dies afterwards. On the day of Zhu’s marriage, the wedding procession passes by Liang’s grave. Zhu throws herself into the grave to join Liang. Their spirits emerge in the form of a pair of butterflies and fly away together, never to be separated again.
The show consists of piano performance of classical music and a live sand drawing of illustrations which the audience will find fascinating. Selected classical music pieces include:
Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Poulenc – Sonata for 2 Pianos
Trotignon – 3 Pieces
Debussy – Clair de Lune (arranged by Henry Woolett for 4 hands)
Hoi Chiu is a renowned sand painting artist from Hong Kong whose skills has gained international recognition. His work in the music video for pop star Eason Chan popularized the art form in the city. His creativity extends to puppetry, painting and stage performance, and he has contributed to film, TV and digital media productions. [He made an official promotional video for Hong Kong in 2014 and performed at international events in Belgium, Australia and New Zealand representing the city. In recent years, he has been devoting himself to sand animation. His debut Red Egg won the Hong Kong ICT Awards (Best Digital Entertainment) and was screened at a numerous short film and animation film festivals worldwide.
It was in 2007 that Adélaïde Panaget and Naïri Badal officially formed their duo and, on the advice of Claire Desert, performed a contemporary piece by Kurtag: Jatekok. This work which would crystallise their harmony together consists of short lyrical miniatures that are meditative, full of feeling and sensitivity. Jatekok, meaning game in Hungarian and idea that would become their signature.
The Duo Jatekok gains quickly reputation as one of the most promising contemporary duos. After the awards of the Gent 2013 and Rome 2011 international competitions, plus the prize for contemporary music at the Normandy 2012 musical forum, they have been invited as artists‐in‐residence at the prestigious Musical Chapel of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium with the Artemis Quartet.
Adélaïde Panaget and Naïri Badal first met at the age of ten when taking music lessons. The ties of friendship and artistic sensitivity they share led them in 2007 to create their four hands piano and two piano duos. After obtaining their Piano Master’s Degree at the Paris Academy of Music with teacher such as B. Engerer and N. Angelich, they have won many competitions and have been granted with many scholarships.