Zhujiajiao Water Town is a small town of the south Yangtze River with 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Shanghai, where the Water Heavens (Shui Yue Tang), designed by Japanese Arata Isozaki Studio, is nestled, and it’s the very place where the live music performance, Water Heavens - A Drop of Water from Heaven (masterpiece of the famous composer, Tan Dun), is held.
The Water Heavens is transformed from an old house at No. 1 lane, Xijing Street, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District of Shanghai, and it has become a multi-functional art space by employing the running water from the river, whose design combines environment -protection conception and water -town culture with Chinese traditional philosophical conceptoin of harmony between man and nature.
The audiences sit around the water running from the river to the house (Shui Yue Tang), and this is the stage of Water Heavens - A Drop of Water from Heaven. In this house, the audiences can listen to Buddhist music and Bach’s music arose by a drop of water. In the house, the audiences can listen to quartet (rock and roll, stringed instrument, Pi-Pa and the whispers of humans). In the house, the audiences can also “see” music played by architecture.
Water Heavens -A Drop of Water from Heaven
Water Heavens - A Drop of Water from Heaven is a music performance designed by Tan Dun specially for the opening ceremony of the 12th Shanghai International Art Festival of 2010, which is a kind of action music.
The show is composed of four acts, the first act -Buddhist Music and Bach, the second act -Water Rock Roll, the third act -String Quartet and Pi-Pa, and the fourth act -Buddhist Chant in Four Seasons, and the performance lasts about one hour. The first act is the most touching act of the performance, where the dialogue between Bach and Buddhism takes place.
The music composed by Bach starts in the form of quartet as water murmurs and lights are on, and an ancient temple appears in darkness, from which the audiences can hear the chant of monks in the distance. At that moment, the Buddhist chant and music of Bach combine together, and the Heaven and the earth are bridge by human beings.
It will be a great pleasure to enjoy the amazing show while taking a trip to Zhujiajiao Water Town.
Introduction to Tan Dun
Tan Dun, a famous Chinese American composer, won Grammy for his opera Marco Polo in 1999, who also won the best original score of 2001 for his composing music for the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and also composed the song of Embracing the Lovely Dream for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.