The Asia Society
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013
In Guizhou Province village of Dimen, song has long taken the place of the written word. There, young people learn to read and write in the official national language — Mandarin Chinese — but at home they speak in their own tongue: the language of the Dong people.
Recipients of a 2009 Intangible Cultural Heritage designation from UNESCO and a 2012 International Spotlight Award from the White House, the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus is comprised of 14 young people dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of Dong culture through song. Their redolent music is characterized by polyphonic singing, or kgal laox (侗族大歌), and speaks of diverse beauty of rural life.
Asia Society Texas Center is honored to host their Texas debut on a tour that includes performances at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Pre-Performance Discussion: 6:30 pm
Ren Hexin, Director, Dimen Dong Culture Eco-Museum
Joanna Lee, Musicologist and Co-Founder,
Western China Cultural Ecology Research Workshop
Ken Smith, arts critic, Financial Times
Performance: 7:30 pm
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm Free with reservation (limit 4)