Productions 2004-2011
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The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown

Asia Society, New York NY. Oct 27, 28, Nov 1, 2, 3, 4, 2001.

The opera charts the journey of an immigrant family over continents, languages, and generations. The story is inspired by oral histories taken in New York’s Chinatown. The innovative musical style brings together influences as diverse as jazz, blues, Chinese music and Gregorian chants.

Composed by Jason Kao Hwang, Libretto by Catherine Filloux, Director Jean Randich, Conductor Juan Carlos Rivas, Stage Director: Jean Randich, Set Designer Alexander Dodge, Costume Designer Linda Cho, Lighting and Projection Designer Clifton Taylor
Singers: Zheng Zhou, Sandia Ang, Ryu-kyung Kim

Commissioned and produced by the Asia Society, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and Music From China.

The opera is made possible with generous support from the The New York Community Trust, Meet the Composer/New Residencies, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, The Rockefeller Foundation, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, and the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program. Performing arts programs at the Asia Society are supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for the Asia Society’s Cultural Programs is provided by the Friends of Asian Arts, Wallace – Reader’s Digest Funds, The Starr Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Hazen Polsky Foundation, Inc., and the Harold J. and Ruth Newman Philanthropic Fund.