Upcoming CHIME meeting

Latest update: 20 June, 2011

Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) and the APAF (Asian Performing Arts Forum) presents

Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and Travel

16th International CHIME Conference
6 - 9 July, 2011, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), Egham, Surrey (UK)

Meet us at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL, Egham, Surrey) from 6 to 9 July for a lively conference on the topic of music and travel in contemporary Asia, with a subfocus on China. We offer a royal array of lectures, workshops and concerts, ranging from Indonesian shadow puppetry, Sundanese Gamelan, Thai dance, Persian song and Korean drumming to Nanguan ballads, guqin (Chinese zither) and Chinese silk and bamboo music (in cooperation with the London Youlan Qin Society). There will be workshops on Chinese opera, southern Chinese balladry and Taiwan aboriginal circle dancing (a family workshop).

The conference, on 'Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and Travel', is hosted by Royal Holloway University, in partnership with CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) and the APAF (Asian Performing Arts Forum).

For a draft programme, see further below; last-minute updates of the programme can be consulted at the website of APAF:
The APAF website will also include the latest updates on practical arrangements.

The full rate for all four days of the conference is 95 pounds (inclusive of online administration charge), with a concession rate of 65 pounds (for students, pensioners and unemployed). The conference dinner (including concert) costs 20 pounds (concessions 10 pounds). Day rates are 50 pounds per day of the event. All other concerts and workshops will be provided free of charge within the conference package (excluding Cai Yayi's separate Nanyin workshop in central London, organised by the School of Oriental and African Studies' Summer School programme). If you are attending this meeting but have not registered yet, please note that registration will close June 29 , a week before the conference. You can register via the following link:

The symposium will be held in the music department on the main campus of Royal Holloway, in Egham, Surrey. Deligates are expected to book their own travel to London. The nearest airport is London Heathrow, the main London airport. Travelling between the airport and campus is possible by bus (c. 55 minutes ­ seehttp://http://www.londonbusroutes.net/times/441.htm), and taxi (c. 25 minutes - try Area Cars (01784 471001), Egham Taxis (01784 434646), and Gemini Cars (01784 471111), which all charge around 20 pounds one way during normal hours, and 30 pounds between midnight and 6am). If flying in to other London airports, connect to Egham from Waterloo station. Egham is on the mainline railway to central London (c. 40 minutes to London Waterloo, costing 7.90 single and 10.50 return -see http://http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/). The Royal Holloway campus is a 20 minute walk from Egham train station. Taxis to the music department from Egham station cost about 4 pounds.

To book your accommodation, please go to the following link:

A camplus plan can be found at

If you have problems registering online, or if you have any other questions, please contact the local organizer, Dr Shzr Ee Tan via email: shzree.tan@rhul.ac.uk


Wednesday 6 July

Registration open from 12 noon until 5pm, Sutherland House Foyer

Panel 1: Travelling Culture (2.30-4.30pm), Rehearsal Room A (RRA)
Claudia Orenstein ­ The Personal is Global, Cross-cultural, Postcolonial
Kirstin Pauka ­ Indonesian Randai Theatre: Festivals, Touring, and Adaptation Abroad
Scheherezade Cooper ­ 'A body of tradition': the cycle of maintenance and betrayal in contemporary Indian classical performance
Avanthi Meduri ­ Tradition and Travel in South Asian Dance Production in the UK

Coffee/tea break (4.30-5pm), Rehearsal Room B (RRB)

Keynote (5-6pm), Noh Theatre
Stephen Jones ­ Pacing the Void by Motorbike: Travels of a master Daoist, introduced by Frank Kouwenhoven

Concert (6-7pm), Noh Theatre. An Elegant Musical Journey by Nanyin artist Cai Yayi

Conference dinner (7 pm ­ 9 pm), Noh Theatre Lawn (in case of rain: RRB)

Thursday, 7 July

Registration/info desk/book display open 10am to 5.30pm, Sutherland House Foyer

Coffee/tea (10-10.30), RRB

Panel 2: Festival (10.30-12.30 noon), RRA
Binghui Huangfu ­ Color in the Wind Examination of Chinese Contemporary Performing Art in the international arena from 1989 to 1995
Celia Lee Yachen ­ China¹s Soft Power: 'Peaceful' and 'Chinese' in the Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympics
Mercedes Dujunco ­ Investment Tourism and the Rise of New Local Cultural Festivals in the Chaozhou Region of Guangdong
Talal al-Muhanna ­ Documenting Dance in the 5th Dadao Live Art Festival [26 minute film]

Lunch and outdoor performances: London Korean Drummers; Palangay dance workshop by Joseph Patricio (12.45-2.45), Noh Theatre Lawn (in case of rain: RRB)

Panel 3a: Gamelan Trails and Tales Round Table (3-5pm), RRA
Kate Wakeling ­ Nine Tones and a New World: Gamelan Siwa Nada and the Art of Representation
Manuel Jimenez ­ Bamboo gamelan in Bali and beyond
Ni Madé Pujawati ­ The Gamelan Trail Heritage Project
Margaret Coldiron ­ Kreasi Baru for International Audiences: The Adventures of Lila Cita & Global Gamelan
Fiona Kerlogue ­ Beryl de Zoete and Balinese dance

Panel 3b: Revival (3-5pm), Noh Theatre
Cheng Yu ­ Recreating the 5-stringed pipa lost in the Tang Dynasty ­ Duplication or innovation? Traditional or contemporary, national or cross-cultural?
Beth Szcepenski ­ Wutaishan Buddhist Music in Festivals and Concerts
Helen Rees ­ "Wild Geese on the South Lake in Autumn": The hidden history of the qin in Yunnan
Gwendoline Kam ­ Music and Dance as Socio-political Instruments: Reconstruction of Imperial Rituals in Contemporary China

Meeting the Man of the Heart: A Lecture-Demonstration by Sudipto Chatterjee (5.30-6.30pm), Noh Theatre

Coffee/tea break, RRB (6.30-7pm)

Short performance by Sekar Enggal: Kacapi Suling (7 pm ­ 7.30 pm), Sutherland House Foyer

A Dalang in Search of Wayang by Matthew Isaac Cohen (7.30 pm -8.30 pm), Noh Theatre

Friday 8 July

Registration/info desk/book display open 10am to 6.30pm, Sutherland House Foyer

Coffee/tea (10-10.30), RRB

Poster session setup (10.30 ­ 12.30), RRB

Panel 4a: Modern Tradition (10.30-12.30), RRA
Ashley Thorpe - "Modern Theatre for the Twenty-first Century"? Shanghai Conservatoire of Music's Staging of The White Goddess (2009)
Lam Ching-wah - Changes in Performance Practice in Chinese Opera Since 1949
Arya Madhavan - Redefining a performance tradition: Institutionalisation, Internationalisation and Innovation in Kudiyattam
Brahma Prakash - "Mind it! Folk is always fucking": Aesthetic of Obscene in Bidesia Travelling Troupe Performance

Panel 4b: Inter-Asian Dynamics (1.30-3.30), Noh Theatre
Hwee-san Tan ­ China as Asia-Pacific Region's Cultural Hegemon?
Alexander Cannon - Pan-Asianism in Vietnam: The Case of the Asian Zither Festival
Rowan Pease ­ Zheng Lücheng: A transnational revolutionary
Hsinwen Hsu ­ Transnational Flows in Institutionalization of Hakka Music in postwar Taiwan

Lunch (12.30-1.30), RRB

Panel 5: Poster Session (1.30 ­ 3.30pm), RRB
Annie Rollins ­ A Migration in Shadows: A poster session on the current state of China's tradition of shadow puppetry

Mary Mazzilli ­ The transnational spirit of Gao Xingjian

Eva Leung ­ The Role of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in Developing the Cultural Identity of Hong Kong and Promoting Chinese Music Culture

Gu Jihae ­ The survival of ackguk against the flood of Broadway musical theatre in South Korea

Cho Seong-hwan ­ Hiatus in Staging Shakespeare in Korea

Lu Guangrui ­ Western Music Spirit, Civilization and Contemporary Chinese Symphonies

Eleni Lorandou ­ The Sacred Feminine: Aesthetics of Female dance styles in the Asian Performing arts

Francois Picard ­ Exchanges and friendship between instrumentalists the World over

Jan Creutzenberg ­ Creating Communities: Korean Music Theatre Pansori Between Preservation, Commemoration and Revival of Tradition

Zhang Weigang ­ A Preliminary Study on the Tune and the Tune Name of Mengxi

Ruth Mueller ­ Femininization of the role of traditional musicians in South Korean society

Short performance of classical Persian song by Bahareh Fattahi (3.00 ­ 3.30 pm), Sutherland House Foyer

Coffee/tea break (3.30-4pm), RRB

Panel 6a: Migration and Transterritorialization (4.00 - 5.30pm), RRA
Alice Lumi Satomi ­ Music and solidarity: the cultural heritage of Miwa-kai
Jyoshna Latrobe ­ Musical Migration in Mar__ K_rtan of R__h: ŒDevotional singing' and performance of the traditional Dom music caste in the Purulia District, Bengal, India
Joseph Patricio ­ Performing Filipino Elsewhere

Panel 6b: Hybridity and Asian Modernity (4.00 ­ 5.30 pm), Noh Theatre
Zheng Si - Sounding West: Adoption of and Adaptation to Brass Band Music in Shaoxing Wedding Ceremony
Man He ­ Self-Fashioning for the New Nation State: Gender Performing in the Modern Chinese Theatre and Cinema, 1900s-1920s
Hye-lim Kim ­ 'Be Creative to Communicate with the Tradition': Performance-as-Research and the Korean flute, taegum

Conference Round Table: Tradition and Travel (5.30 - 6.30 pm), Noh Theatre

Coffee/tea break (6.30 - 7.00pm), RRB

Yaji musical gathering (7-8pm), Noh Theatre, with the London Youlan Qin Society and Dai Xiaolian

Food and Jam (8-10.30 pm), Noh Theatre

Saturday 9 July

Registration/info desk/book display open 9.30-11.30am, Sutherland House Foyer

Coffee/tea (9.30-10.00am), RRB

Panel 7: Tradition-Based Contemporary Performance (10-12.00), RRA
Pawit Mahasarinand ­ Traditional or Contemporary: Neo-Exotic Thailand?
Mika Eglinton ­ Performing Constraint in Yo-Jouhan: Yamanote Jijousha's Titus Andronicus
Pornrat Damhrung ­ Making Good on the Embodied Demon: Pichet Klunchun and the Invention of a New Intercultural Khon (Classical Thai Masked Dance) for a World on the Move"
Theresa Thomasulo ­ Contemporary Kayag_m: Korean Traditional and Fusion Music-Making in London

Lunch (12.00-1.00), Noh Theatre

Workshop 1 (1.00-2.00 pm), RRA Chinese opera gestures by Kathy Hall of the London Jingkun Society

Workshop 2 (1.00-2.00pm), Noh Theatre Taiwan aboriginal circle dancing by Shzr Ee Tan


For more information, please contact Dr Shzr Ee Tan on shzree.tan@rhul.ac.uk

About the conference theme
This conference aims to disseminate fresh research into the movement of traditional performers, their mediums and artefacts around the globe, with particular emphasis on contemporary Asia, and a sub-focus on China. A region constituting the world's most populous continent, Asia has historically been connected in terms of empire, trade and more recently, migrant workers. However, examinations of performances and tradition have tended to focus on local emplacement rather than physical and cultural mobility. In contrast, this conference targets questions of travel and traffic in global and local dynamic relation. Topics of study range from routes formed by itinerant performers to the funding and facilitation of cross-border exchanges initiated by contemporary companies and festivals. The conference will also consider cultural flows emerging in the wake of new developments such as communications empowerment, heritage management and detraditionalised practices.

In particular, debate will be initiated on how traditional performances in Asia are developed, inserted into, and travel within global, postcolonial circuits that encompass issues of seasonality, feedback, contemporaneity and pan-Asian identities. Informal networks between individuals and grass-roots communities; formal political relations between states and organisations, and accompanying economic flows will be examined. These broader forces influence how performers engage with cultural difference and changing notions of traditionality.

The conference will deal with the following major sub-themes (in arbitrary order):

1. Intercultural and pan-Asian identities
2. Globalisation, diaspora and the West
3. Curators and regional arts festivals
4. Cross-border flows and transnational performance spaces
5. Arts funding, political blocs, patterns of national and international patronage
6. Embodied heritage, modernity and invented tradition
7. Virtual networks vs travelling performances
8. Education and transmission in the modern world
9. Post-traditionality
10. China and India as re-emerging cultural powerhouses