For Ever More—FutureTradition: An XR Opera Garden
Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of opera, orchestral, chamber music, theatre, and more.Artist Bio
In For Ever More—FutureTradition: An XR Opera Garden, Du Yun will bring for the first time ever one of the oldest evolving forms of Chinese opera, known as Kunqu opera, to life using augmented reality, web-based virtual reality, and large-format projection. Shattering traditional borders of programmatic gatekeeping by allowing presenters, professionals, amateurs, and audience alike access to living, breathing culture, the piece blends avant-garde experimentation with Asian culture and heritage. For Ever More will build a public digital space where a series of curated performances and skill-sharing material are shown and freely shared—accessible to anyone in the world with a device and data—creating a new way of learning from and experiencing live performance.
New York, NY
Du Yun was born and raised in Shanghai, China and currently based in New York City. She is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of opera, orchestral, chamber music, theater, cabaret, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise. She is known for her “relentless originality and unflinching social conscience” (The New Yorker). Du Yun’s opera, Angel’s Bone, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize; in 2018 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow; and in 2019, she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Composition category. Her collaborative opera Sweet Land with Raven Chacon, librettist Aja Couchois, and Douglas Kearney (for opera company The Industry) was a 2021 Best Opera by the North America Critics Association. As an avid performer and bandleader, her onstage persona has been described as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge.” A community champion, Du Yun was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; served as the Artistic Director of MATA Festival (2014-2018); conceived the Pan Asia Sounding Festival; and founded FutureTradition, a global initiative that illuminates the provenance lineages of folk art and uses these structures to build cross-regional collaborations from the ground up. In 2018, Du Yun was named one of “38 Great Immigrants” by the Carnegie Foundation, and in 2019 the Beijing Music Festival named her “Artist of the Year.”
Du Yun, with her inquisitive eyes.