The Dragon Boat Dream    龙舟梦境

HUA HUA ZHANG: THE DRAGON BOAT DREAM

Terminal C

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From June 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017



Zhang’s installation The Dragon Boat Dream is a behind-the-scene view of shadow puppetry. The story portrays one of Zhang’s dreams about a dragon boat that takes her around the world over the ocean, mountains, and clouds. Throughout her journey, she meets people and animals from many villages while children, who carry the boat, perform a dragon dance.”


Leah Douglas, Chief Curator - Philadelphia International Airport  visit phl.org

Ahmed Salvador - Photographer

【侨报记者贾玉璇费城报道】费城华人艺术家章华华为费城国际机场艺术中心(Philadelphia International Airport Art at the Airport)特别制作的《龙舟梦境


(The Dragon Boat Dream)》,作为费城的艺术作品代表之一,于5月21日至12月初期间展出。11月3日,机场艺术中心举行了一次现场展示活动,由章华华


亲自向来来往往的旅客展示了来自费城的中华艺术。

  


章华华《龙舟梦境》的理念,来自于中国传统艺术皮影戏和许多人都极有兴趣的梦境主题的相结合,通过皮影戏幕后的这种形式,讲述了龙舟腾云驾雾,带著


章华华周游世界,见识各地的人、动物、儿童与村庄的故事。这次《龙舟梦境》中所包含的龙、梦境和旅行,也是她最喜欢的几个主题。 “作为一个木偶艺


术家,我一直相信木偶艺术是一个能通过视觉、动作、音乐等形式打破语言障碍的艺术”,章华华说。“而中国皮影戏作为一个民间艺术,有著深远的历史。


我希望能在传播中国传统皮影艺术的同时,创建集多元性、跨学性和创新性一体的新艺术。”

  


11月3日的现场展示活动中,章华华带来她的创新作品之一——皮影帽子,这是一种将剪影做成一个十字形、戴在头上的帽子道具,它让本来平面


的皮影变得立体了起来。而皮影帽子受到了小朋友们的格外欢迎,不少孩子们停下来与章华华一起体验这个中西文化结合的产物的乐趣。

龙舟梦境现场展示 彰显费城多元文化


来源:《纽约侨报》2016 年11 月11日


http://ny.uschinapress.com/weekends/2016/11-11/107158.html

 

Katherine Shozawa

Asian Arts Initiative

Curatorial Statement / Exhibition Narrative

Dream Journeys: Hua Hua Zhang

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 6 p.m.

Live performances: Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. and

Saturday, November 2, 3 p.m.


Beijing-born performer and classically trained puppet artist Hua Hua Zhang uses Eastern and Western puppet art to explore universal themes of self and one’s longing for home through her first ever interdisciplinary gallery exhibition.  A lead performer for the Beijing Puppet Arts Troupe for more than 20 years, Zhang moved to the United States to complete her MFA in the Puppet Art Program at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Dramatic Arts and became founder of the Philadelphia-based artistic group Visual Expressions.


“A puppet is a living sculpture that exists as its own unique vehicle for expression,” says Zhang.  “Puppet art is for all ages and voices.  It penetrates deeply into our hearts, desires and inner thoughts through the use of metaphor, abstraction and dream-like expression.”


Treading the boundaries between black-box stage and gallery, Zhang attempts for the first time to expand her expertise in this unique art form by exploring puppetry as sculpture, installation and performance while examining feelings, concerns and questions about life that we all share. Zhang suggests that a viewer encountering a static puppet can freely create scenarios in his or her own mind, an inanimate puppet denoting the potentiality of gesture and of movements both small and expansive, including an immigrant’s complex journey from East to West, and back again through memory and dreams.


Zhang’s childhood was deeply impacted by China’s Cultural Revolution when individual creative expression was heavily restricted.  Her father a poet and her mother a factory worker, along with her family were banned to the countryside.  Years after the revolution, Zhang was selected to attend the Beijing Academy Art School where she studied classical, rod puppet theatre.  But it was not until the mid-90s when Zhang saw Albrecht Roser’s solo show in Beijing which inspired her to study his work as well as that of Philippe Genty.  She also met Bart P. Roccoberton, a puppet artist and puppet art educator through an US/China joint venture television production The Adventures of Hua Hua and Morley.  Mr. Roccoberton introduced her to the Puppet Art Program at the University of Connecticut, opening up her practice to her own voice, creativity and passions independent of traditional rod puppet theatre.


Dream Journeys is proudly presented by Asian Arts Initiative, a community-based arts center that offers exhibition opportunities to emerging, mid-career and established community-minded artists, designers, curators and partnering organizations exploring diverse experiences of Asian Americans through contemporary art practice and social contexts.  Our programs aim to engage diverse audiences, foster dialogue, and inspire social change that positively impacts Philadelphia's Chinatown, Chinatown North and beyond.

Installation performances photos by Photographer Johanna Austin

Viewer Comments


“I keep looking and looking at your compelling work--- Beauty, Sentiments, Life Stories… I look away and return again eyes behind eyes!” - Delores


“I am deeply moved by your work & wondrous ways. May you walk in Beauty and go only from strength to strength & inspiration to inspiration.” - Rob


“Thank you for sharing your journey through your puppetry art. Profound, Moving, Touching.” - Lorraine


Hua Hua has so many gifts, for me it’s the beauty of your vision and your observation of life as well as the questions you ask!!


- Ruth Donnocker


“Beautiful work. I will never forget it.”

- Josh


“Amazing work--

Moving, Dramatic, and Beautiful! - Annie



“Working with you is always a pleasure. Your attention to detail, your precision in movement, your creative ideas… Everything about you is an inspiration to young and old. Never stop believing in yourself and the ones around you who love you so much.”

- Terry


“Hua Hua Zhang’s Puppet Dream”

Cover page of article at Metro Chinese Weekly newspaper

http://metrochinese.com/a/Story/2013/1109/148.html

World famous composer  Tan Dan attend opening reception at Asian Arts Initiative.

   

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Hua Hua Solo Installation Exhibition

at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia PA 2013