tv Doc Film - Zhu Xiao- Mei Deutsche Welle November 20, 2017 10:15am-11:01am CET
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with me to show you when i listen paris quite often after the performance people came and asked me how are you able to play bach in a way that we can understand how were you able to understand. how can you understand western music at all i told them i think in their highest in purest form the arts and cultures of the world are very much related. they have no geographical
had dreadful experiences the pianist lived through all the excesses of the mound regime years of indoctrination five years of re education another five years locked up in a neighbor camp a shattered family hardship and harassment in one thousand nine hundred eighty she emigrated and finally found a new home in paris this film tells the story of her return to china as an internationally acclaimed interpreter of bach's music thirty five years after she left the country. should both be true about how what's the issue with the let's watch. this issue good has always been my favorite composer besides even in my early days to feature
i have loved his been to highs a sense secondary school as i'm sure that the show was the first sentence reads i was a stranger when i arrived and as a stranger i depart again. that he moved me then though i didn't understand it yet . unbelievably twenty years later it came true for his english. because even now i'm not sure if i'm truly chinese or a foreigner and just feeling is very odd because i'd lived abroad for thirty six years and have only lived twenty nine years in china. their decision to return to china wasn't. uneasy than the wounds that mao inflicted on the country fifty years ago during the cultural revolution still run deep her
family was considered borzois and counter-revolutionary you shall may became the victim of organized public denunciations so sheet music being burned and her teachers being humiliated and driven to suicide apart from a few so-called model operas playing the piano and classical music were forbidden it would be years before she started playing again in secret. i wasn't very cultivated as a child. there were no books to read no music to listen to nor any art to appreciate. there was no school no education. for artists writers or musicians there was no freedom to express themselves to write or to unfold their talents to trees who.
was in harlem new york and here she says the cultural revolution destroyed two things firstly it completely destroyed culture there weren't any books left you probably can't imagine that it wasn't possible to buy any books in china shruti not even the dictionaries. sheesh do you wish that the. artists were chased into cowsheds this was a terrible terrible tragedy secondly the younger generation were misled by politicians dumbed down they had no access to any education at all fenians eternity to do. what you do the time it was to me because there was no culture i joined the masses and took part in class struggle and revolution should i wanted to devote my
life to mao zedong in those days i didn't even accept my own parents i found them despicable. i was ashamed of them could should. give what you already. which is gee it's over with i think this harmed our society hugely that it was something that will stay with us for generations to come why do i consider this an awful tragedy because i experienced it myself that i lived through it.
to do this your show may have refused to do this to a for years she pretty much had always rejected the idea because many people here in france told her she had to go that it was necessary to close the circle in the spirit of this phrase we find in lao tsu returning is the movement of tao book you know there were old so many friends in china who told her she had to come back but she didn't want to go to that. yet this year to make sure there was a fear of confronting her past an extremely painful constant and there was a fear of facing hostility that. could let it go hostility all the animosity
of the people she might know to and who had not have the chance to go drolls and dedicate their lives to music because she was also afraid of confronting the chinese public. so the idea of going to china in this context seemed a bit crazy especially when the work like the goldberg variations of civil rights has already put the food. which is good to go and i thought the chinese audience would still need time to accept it but michelle insisted on doing it again and again so i thought why not try it if i waited too long some day i'd be too old to do it so we decided to come home. and you judge judy.
sasha when returning to shanghai after thirty five news i feel like a stranger. i was born in shanghai and so was my mother oh mama sure i sure was in one chimp but i don't recognize it. i cannot find my birthplace all those old buildings those single story houses those rectangular courtyard houses they're all gone china is now so modernized you find standing in front of these office blocks i feel insignificant powerless we will hurt the true source who the current you.
know will to consists of eight solo performances in seven cities all over china i tried for almost three years to persuade her and when she finally agreed i was naturally overjoyed but up to the very last moment she was still hesitating and wondering if she should really go ahead with it at all the symphony hall in shanghai is very large and even two concerts would have been completely sold out. but who shall man i insisted on performing in a small hole. should he go to my agent sang sheen suggested that i should play in the large hall you but i think the goldberg variations are ill suited to large spaces. sure.
it's intimate rather than showy or overblown so it's really crucial to find a perfectly suited venue for this piece of shit such as each day which it's. cool. because sheen called me and said people have been lining up the whole night for your first performance waiting the high. whole night at the ticket office without sleeping feature as a sheet of coal phone call. they did it once a day i can remember it was raining the day that they queued up for tickets they sold out within two hours unbelievable in these circumstances i tried to persuade jewish oil man to give another concert and she finally agreed to take it for this concert was sold out in just ten minutes that your fingernail chapel might go on
the black market tickets were on sale for up to eight hundred euros professor jew was shocked when she found out her to only hold half a ton i didn't see. but i'll say it is was an incredible surprise she never imagined and countering this kind of audience it was almost a third of the age of typical western audiences she never imagined this kind of audience or that this audience would have known her work but beyond that of the it shocked because she could not help making a connection between these young people and her own youth and the cultural revolution listen to this law listen this delay could be due to less you don't have any children.
she will sink on the cheek when it was really touching to see such a passionate audience which would have the audience was touched to say not because i'm in for sure but because this piece is just so incredible you know digital it completely put paid to my idea that the chinese were not mature enough to.
which it or she would say. that for me there are many interpretations and feelings around this piece but i think i'm more the emotional type which is it with sufficient time soon that. she feels she's taper example of this piece on the stage i can only present what i theel and share it with the audience insoles we show she can point to infant.
or she has a huge issues at that homes i've always lived in big cities like shanghai beijing and later paris. i'm sure each is right she johnny chung but i have always been looking for places in the countryside with peaceful flowing water between silent majestic peaks that might give me peace and replenish my strength to the neighbors that's why i work in a fashion equally as i'm going to be with the meath that you hear before and after every concert or recording i retreat to the mountains to meditate and to work
stomach that you don't just control it with your fingers be true to you and show which caught you whether. he says she's too it's fairly difficult try the first note again. try again go slower and i think from my own experience when playing the slower the keys are touched the better it sounds so go as slow as you can you just. you're. the high note you're. at the. who who. or what.
the whole goal though it's a big dream to boss something on us to set up a school you can understand if you bear in mind that the schools and universities in china would close to ten years and that there were no books no playing of music and that's an entire generation were denied the right to education to do it in their full big ideas to create a school she is looking for the right way to do that a film that would feel. we're
a buddhist you didn't know that now did you and should i really think. so there's some truth in my words but thought. it was a for example if i put a loud two together they're linked because of the highest forms of human culture and art are all connected to one another to shampoo and image for the means to show see. chillax name means broke and lao tsu claim that people should be like water bringing blessings to humankind but not battling against the current. projected saying bar has become a daily ritual like meditating or having breakfast. so you. should say it's a habit and if i don't do it i feel disoriented and be fuddled so tradition to.
draw. treats that we don't wish on this china tour i've chosen the venue at the chain conservatory of music because i've always liked sichuan huge tragic. string and this one conservatory of music is the largest conservatory of music in china with more than seventeen thousand students shish. let the music continue to reverberate it doesn't stop. making.
this part the certain very very interesting. master class you the master class in strangely something i don't like doing because the students are already very tense and you have to tell them what they did wrong in front of a few hundred people it gets to the point that they don't know any more what they have done wrong and are like a frightened little birds who sorts hoary. are going faster you going faster please relax let go relax i feel you're trying to get this over with quickly.
good news i think bach's music is very important for young people his balance the feeling of elegance there's no melodrama or histrionics his exact science of melody and the firm handling of style his interpretation of emotions and the way he expresses them is actually a chinese approach he controls it it's not a reckless and unbridled performance. it's pretty damaging. the people who play bach well have a good pastor a solid and well built foundation. c.t.g. to egypt hark.
around sixty years the young people of china are so open minded i think they are china's hope for the future she demanded to see what. beijing is the highlight of the tour the city was the center point of may's life until she left the country she started here and it was also here that her promising career was abruptly interrupted by the cultural revolution it was him begging that she picked up her life again as an individual and as an artist after her release from the labor camp friends and her foremost. just as live here the concert in beijing is an opportunity for a family reunion. mariachi kanye if my mother had witnessed this performance she would have fainted right there on the floor. my parents are no more but my four elder sisters are still alive right. and the most important member of
the family the piano. it followed me to the farm for re-education and through labor camp and it followed me back again to beijing it's the patriarch of our family why do we need to get the keep and felts replaced us with then years human years she in this a whole hour my mother couldn't learn to play the piano because my grandfather forbade it she invested all her hopes and dreams in me she wanted me to realize her dream of playing the piano she invested all her energy and did everything she could for me in beijing during the cultural revolution she was afraid people would say i was playing the big western drum change even in the winter and they are very cold in beijing she would stand guard outside every night wrapped in a blanket. the
conservatory of music is where i grew up i spent more time there than i did at home . so shoes. the happiest time of my life was from the age of eleven to thirty when i was just studying the piano learning together with my teachers and classmates. each shoes. but there were also the most excruciating years those public denunciations could get extremely cruel. i remember when i was twelve the whole school assembly of four hundred gathered together to criticize. that's not something i can ever forget
. because. those days during the cultural revolution other schools would also gather here i remember the debating stage over there yes yes yes it was here public assemblies were always held here. you were a dollar a use returning to the conservatory was excited but i felt flustered. there's a word with the country about you there shown by russia. it wasn't just a place for academic discussion or concerts your memories flooded back like scenes in a movie and caused a bittersweet feeling when you want to try to see it in our city you should use your baby gently to guide you. nothing's changed which is a charge that should change that's true do you remember so much happened here
i do. concerts and also public denunciations were held here during the cultural revolution. i held my hands up until i lost the feeling in them shouting long live chairman mao. she said she those scenes from the cultural revolution are seared into my memory they can never be removed sure what you society should never forget that and the hortons of culture music an education to show you it's the most crucial condition for a perfect harmonious society it's a dry suit regarding the tragic events of the past how can we ensure such things don't happen again so the bottom happens or fashion no one has been made accountable nor has there been any taking stock of the past music that. i
gingerly pin judges or should or should we say there's not the courage to really face up to this past it remains a blank space in chinese history. you see the concert in beijing was the toughest battle i had to fight. i chose the hall where i last heard. performance and which is therefore the most significant for me to go yes or. see what you did. act. isn't this chair blocking the way. that morning the rehearsal went badly that it was very cold in beijing the rehearsal was catastrophic beijing was definitely the most difficult concert of all there was an incredible audience young people there
were also officials high ranking officials that were the daughters of the deng xiaoping and they were the people nicknamed the references they were intellectuals they were friends and many old friends from the conservatory it created to lots of stress that was actually absolutely terrible because you'll get up sort of bored it's a team of three multi-boot. there claimed in and stand count as a transformed china and she plays to sold out concert halls the music school is no
longer a refuge of the counter-revolution and the mastery of an instrument no longer an expression of west unbowed while attitudes on the contrary owning a piano is now seen as a status symbol one that everyone seeks to attain but the dop chapter of the cultural revolution remains largely under wraps and her struggle against forgetting and against the suppression of memories you shall may keeps bringing attention to the wounds that stint ethnic chinese society.
was she. i wished i could go and see hocks grave and when that wish finally came true i had an even higher goal and that was to play his masterpiece in front of his tomb. chiyo she says you know what you change. you know and now that this dream has also come true you know i have no more unfulfilled desires on the ocean side of it yet.
she didn't in china when you go to the grave of your ancestors you speak to the monarchy. and i think that when john played the goldberg variations at st thomas tonight she felt that she was talking to behind this way back talking just as she does when she visits the grave of the patterns of us what almost do. judit c e bay's i go there it's an unbearable feeling to have led my whole life like
a dog with its tail between its legs and now to has suddenly become some kind of a popular star i'm a performer who lack self-confidence i've never felt self-assured or proud i do not know these feelings in the cold i was raised differently and my cultural revolution background formed me into the person i am today. which is it says you can be you when you push that you know i don't ever feel as if i'm the protectionist so i always play the role of a servant a servant of music a servant of the composer a servant of my students in accordance with my traditional chinese upbringing.
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