Art events of the week: Jan. 11-17

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Editor's note: The new year is upon us, and with it is a variety of fun and interesting art events. Here are some highlights from the worlds of music, film and theater for the week Jan. 11-17.

1."The Music of Joe Hisaishi in Hayao Miyazaki's Animated Movies" — Classical Music Concert


The China Philharmonic Orchestra brings the works of master Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi to life in this concert featuring compositions from the animated movies of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

Dates: Jan. 15-30

Venue: Musicfans Art Space, Sanlitun, Beijing

2."The Greatest Spirit" — Poetry, Music and Dance

Exploring the theme of beauty in Chinese poetry and spirits, "The Greatest Spirit" blends together the ancient and the modern, past and present, dance and poetry, music and spirits. The performance explores traditional Chinese culture from a unique perspective, focusing on its unique charms. 

Date: Jan. 13

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

3."The Soul" — Sci-fi Movie

A poster of sci-fi mystery film "The Soul." [Photo courtesy of Table Film]

Based on the 2012 award-winning novella by Chinese sci-fi writer Jiang Bo, "The Soul" explores the mysterious murder of a business tycoon in the near future and a controversial new technology involving memory transplants. The movie is the most critically acclaimed domestic sci-fi production since "The Wandering Earth."

Director: Cheng Wei-hao 

Cast: Chang Chen, Ning Chang

Release Date: Jan. 15, nationwide

4."Secret Love in Peach Blossom Spring" — Theater Performance

Writer Stan Lai perfectly blends the "play-within-a-play" and "play-outside-a-play" techniques in this exciting work. Its unprecedented stage design has helped make it a classic original piece of contemporary Chinese drama.

Dates: Jan. 13-17

Venue: Poly Theater, Beijing

5."Precious Stones" — Online/Offline Exhibition

Discover sparkling gems from the French National Museum of Natural History's collection via exhibits and online screenings in the city of Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province.

Date: Jan. 16 (13:30-18:00)

Venue: MoFA Community Library, Huadu District, Guangzhou

6."Wish Dragon" — Animated Movie

A poster of animated feature "Wish Dragon." [Photo courtesy of Tencent Pictures]

The movie revolves around a lucky dragon, which can grant anyone three wishes — much like the genie in Aladdin's Lamp. We follow a young man from a poor family as he goes on an adventure to try and get back his childhood girlfriend whose family is now rich. The CGI animated feature is a Chinese-American co-production. Kung-fu star Jackie Chan voices the dragon in the Chinese version and is one of the film's producers.

Director: Chris Appelhans

Voice cast: [English version] John Cho, Jimmy Wong, Natasha Liu Bordizzo

                   [Chinese version] Jackie Chan, Niu Junfeng, Vivienne Tien

Release Date: Jan. 15, nationwide

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