Old Wine in New Bottles: Commerce and the Performing Arts in today’s China. May 24 2013, 5 – 7 pm.
Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street (near King’s Cross)
Seminar and Q & A with Joanna Lee
In the past decade, China’s cultural “soft power” has hit the headlines, from the building boom of “Grand Theatres” around the country to large-scale China festivals from Kennedy Center to the Concertgebouw. At the same time, international arts organizations touring China have begun to extend well beyond Shanghai and Beijing to second and third-tier cities, with Broadway-style shows particularly in demand. Arts consultant Joanna Lee shares her experience with extensive planning, labour and cross-cultural negotiations that go on behind the scenes.
Since forming her consultancy Museworks Ltd. in 2003, Joanna Lee’s clients have included Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Signature Theatre and Beijing Music Festival. She was a cultural advisor to David Henry Hwang’s bilingual Broadway comedy Chinglish, and assisted in the China fieldwork and research for the book Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls by Victoria Newhouse (2012).
Admission is free