Shiyun: Poetic Rhyme, Uplifting Qi 2020 《诗韵悦氣》
Within the breath of local Chinese poetry and ethnic chamber music, Qi emerged.
Held in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, “Poetic Rhyme, Uplifting Qi 2020” bids farewell to the physical space of a theatre amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and brings our multidisciplinary Nanyang-style of music online. The result is a wonderful and creative collection of multilingual podcast recordings of Singaporean Chinese poetry recitations, which include Chinese, English, Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and even Singlish. Intimate conversations between these lyrical verses and ethnic chamber melodies are bound to lead you onto a poetic journey of time and sounds, uplifting your spirit by touching your senses in this difficult epidemic period.
This collection features poems by 10 outstanding Singaporean poets across different generations, including Cultural Medallion recipient Prof Wong Yoon Wah, President of Singapore Association of Writers Denon Lim, Founder of Trendlit Andy Ang, and award-winning young poet Cheong Yun Yee. The 10 poems each represent a single stroke of the character Qi (氣), symbolising the varied facets of Qi - spiritedness, boldness of vision, majestic grandiose, awe-inspiring righteousness, vitality, and even the 24 solar terms. Curated by renowned scholar-poet, Prof Tan Chee Lay, these poems are recited by Nelson Chia and Mia Chee, Artistic Director and Company Director respectively of Nine Years Theatre, and veteran actor Tay Kong Hui. Music is conceptualised, composed and directed by musician Gildon Choo, and performed by his team.
“Poetic Rhyme, Uplifting Qi ” is predominantly performed in Mandarin, with 2 poems in dialect, and is part of The Arts House's Poetry with Music series.