Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang


Activity Curator


Gu Jieting


Music Theatre ‘I’ Fantasie - Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang

Duration: 26-28 January
Price: Floor 250, General 180
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum has a long history of exploration and presentation of sound art: Ryoji Ikeda, Sonic, Listening to Transparency, and Sonsara... Different projects link Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum with sound art and music. Ryoji Ikeda uses mathematics to think about music and tries to transcend reason in reason. Sonic is a kind of ‘feeling’. It is obsessed with the sounds of everything in the world, and tries to touch the eternal in the tumbling. Listening to Transparency pointed out a literacy characteristic of sound, transparency. And Sonsara shows a perfection of people retreat in a sound poetry....
On 26 – 28 January, 2018, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum will collaborate with Gu Jieting Studio to hold a cross-border, brand new Music Theatre ‘I’ Fantasie in Atrium Exhibition Hall, Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang.

This is a dream in a dream. Debussy, a French musician played by a female pianist, met Du Li Niang in his music, a character created by Tang Xianzu. He saw that she wondered in Peony Pavilion, and died in the twilight. A seemingly similar dream, a common artistic conception, and a beauty that transcends time and space is staged here!
Debussy, is a world-renowned composer, an outstanding impressionist of Western music, and a pioneer of modern music in the 20th century. Kunqu Opera, is China’s oldest opera and the world cultural heritage. The connection, encounter, and integration between those two are not accidental. This is the result of the collision and integration of the Oriental and Western civilizations.

Based on preserving the purity and seriousness of the classic culture, Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang tries to deconstruct and reconcile the two classical art from the Oriental and the West. By exploring the possibilities of the stage through piano, Kunqu, video and electro-acoustic, the classics is invited to the contemporary theatre, the public space, where a dialogue from the tradition to the contemporary takes place, and creates an open stereo theatre form.

Watching a play in the dark,Whether on stage or not,Whether in the play or not

Different from the previous theatrical and concert version, this time, Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang met the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum. An art exploration of drama and music event is ongoing here. In the unique spatial structure of the atrium exhibition hall, the whole performance blurs the boundaries of performance forms, the boundaries between time and space, the boundaries between the Oriental and the West, the boundaries between contemporary and classical, and the boundaries between performers and audiences. The creator rethinks the interrelationship between the performing arts and the public space, and reflects the meaning of the crossover of contemporary art in their play and performance in this music scene. The stage is the juxtaposition of reality and dreams, and the audience is surprised by the relationship in the crossing layer. This stereo theatre that transforms from a single form to a multi-element structure eventually returns to the human body itself. Whether on stage or not, whether in the play or not, a group of strangers, tries to establish a relationship, resulting in a connection. Du Li Niang’s body fell in the fireworks, and the moon that all the human beings had stared at would still rise in the dark night. ‘The love in that dream, why not is untrue; isn’t there enough people dreaming in this world?’ When you see the same ‘I’ in different time and space, we hope you have such a feeling of déjà vu but still full of expectation. The story of the stage will be quickly over, but the story of you has just begun.

Rencontre between Debussy and Du Liniang will be held six times at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum within three days from January 26 to 28, 2018. Among them, after the joint efforts of Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and Gu Jieting Studio, the first performance will be a public welfare open to the relevant special groups in Pudong District.
As one of the 2018 Civil Cultural Benefits projects of the Pudong New District Government, citizens who lives or works in Pudong can purchase the discount general tickets with their valid documents. The activity is supported by the Expo Bureau of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Management Committee, the Shanghai Pudong Expo Development Management Committee, and the Pudong Propaganda Cultural Development Fund. The artist’s performance piano is sponsored by Austria’s top piano brand, Bösendorfer.


• Act I: Past & Present
• Act II: Peony Pavilion
• Act III: Moonlight Pavilion
• Act IV: Last Broken Dreams



26 January First starts at 16:30; Second starts at 19:30
27 January First starts at 16:30; Second starts at 19:30
28 January First starts at 16:30; Second starts at 19:30

Cast & Staff

Producer/Director: Gu Jieting
Pianist & ‘I’: Gu Jieting
Du Li Niang: Lv Jia
Flute: Shi Chengji
Arranging and electro music design: Jin Weiwei
Image Producer: Yang Yongliang
Video Director: Xu Yi
Lighting design: Wang Beijun, Cao Bingliang

About artist

Gu Jieting (Pianist/Director/Producer)

Gu Jieting, pianist, stage director. Gu is the first Chinese pianist who received a master’s degree from Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Music de Paris; she also holds a DFS (Diplôme de Formation Supérieure) in Piano and Chamber Music. Gu started piano practice since she was 3-year-old. At 18, she received full scholarship to France for further education in music, in where she was trained by rewarding French pianist masters Dominique Merlet and Jean François Heisser. In China, she is honorably awarded as an ‘Outstanding New Generation Pianist’. She created ‘I’ Fantasie, a multi-planform music theatre that combines classical piano recital with Chinese traditional Kunqu opera, using music to tell an event, and influencing the world with it. In 2017 she was awarded ‘Nation Spirit Contributor’ by Modern Media, and become the cover figure of the December limited edition of Life.