Chevening Talks at the Bell—China’s Performing Arts: Through the Eyes of the Artists


Using images and original quotes from China’s greatest performers, Nancy Pellegrini outlines the development of performing arts in China.

She presents personal reminiscences from pianist Yin Chengzong, who played piano in Tiananmen Square at the height of the Cultural Revolution; from former ballet director Zhao Ruheng, who walked from village to village and danced on stages of rocks and dirt; from conductor Li Delun, who brought classical music to China via a two-year journey on donkeys through the heartland; from bass-baritone Tian Haojiang, who went from shouting propaganda slogans in factories to singing at the Met; and many others.

These touching, heartfelt, and sometimes painful stories shed light on the country’s unusual and sometimes torturous path to their, and China’s, current place on the world stage.
18:30-19:00 Registration
19:00-20:00 Talk and Q&A
20:00-20:30 Drinks and Networking
Speaker: Nancy Pellegrini
Originally from Long Island, New York, Nancy Pellegrini has worked in Europe and Asia for over two decades and has been covering China’s performing arts and classical music scene since 2005.
She is the stage editor and writer for Time Out Beijing and Time Out Shanghai magazines and the author of the Penguin Special “The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own”.
She has written on China’s art and culture for Christian Science Monitor, South China Morning Post, Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, The British Library Literature Project, Tatler, The Strad, Gramophone, International Piano, and Modern Painters, among others. She lives in Beijing, China.

If you would like to attend, please send email to by noon on Monday, 22nd May.


Formal identification is required to enter the Embassy premises (e.g. Passport, ID Card).

Event Details

Start date: 2017-05-25

Start time: 18:30

End time: 20:30

Venue: The Bell Pub, The British Embassy 英国驻华大使馆铃吧

Directions: 11 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 中国北京市朝阳区光华路11号,邮编100600


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