BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Han Lixun, the chief designer of what may be
the most spectacular public celebration ever mounted -- the opening
ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics -- will present an
illustrated talk about his work at the University at Buffalo on
It will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Screening Room, 112
Center for the Arts On UB’s North Campus. The presentation is
free and open to the public.
Using slides, Han, who is a revered figure in his field, will
reveal working behind-the-scenes with some of the best-known
figures in the contemporary arts world on the design and
presentation of the Olympics ceremony.
He will describe how the ceremony evolved from the point of
conceptualization to material and technical choices, and from
visualizing the design in a given space to its realization through
the collaboration of architects and engineers.
The presentation also will offer insight into China’s
historical and contemporary culture, including its politics,
ethics, aesthetics, technology and world of design. Han will
discuss ways in which the arts are helping to satisfy social
demands in China and will offer career-building skills and
A question and answer period will follow his lecture.
Han Lixun is a 1985 graduate of the Shanghai Theatre Academy,
where he studied scenic design. He later undertook the study of art
and space design at the Art Academy of Dusseldorf under stage and
costume designer, theater director and opera director Karl Kneidl.
Han’s career has included extensive work in theatrical
design, event design, interior design, theme-park design, public
art, art installation and site-specific theatre.
This presentation is made possible through UB’s Confucius
Institute and the UB Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging
Technologies. It will be on the program of the Upstate New York
Spring Conference of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology.
It is on the program of the Upstate New York Spring Conference
of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology.