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Propel Performing Arts & Media co., Ltd., taking “Propel, Enlightenment through Culture” as the core value concept, is dedicated to providing theatre management and high-quality performances. Since the early 1990s, Propel Performing Arts & Media has successfully operated Beijing Concert Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Nanjing Cultural andArtCenter, Tianjin Concert Hall, Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theatre and Harbin Grand Theatre.
Propel Performing Arts & Media founded the Gateway to Music series inBeijing. For more than two decades, our company has brought hundreds of thousands of young people and families into the halls of high art and popularized concerts and summer festivals all overChina. The company has produced “Dramatization From Tang/Song Dynasty”, “Listening to Classics of Literature”, “Concert on Poems from the Song Dynasty”, and “The Reader's Favors-Recitation of Famous Poetry and Prosee”. Propel Performing Arts & Media has successively established Lin Zhaohua Theatre Arts Festival, Tianjin Cao Yu International Theatre Festival, Tianjin International Opera and Dance Theatre Festival, Harbin Grand Theatre Arts Festival, etc. Our company introduced many international theatres and productions, including the two versions of the epic opera “War and Peace” by Mariinsky Theatre and Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre; “Brothers and Sisters”, an eight-hour play by The Maly Drama Theatre - Theatre of Europe; St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theater’s historical drama “And Quiet Flows the Don”; “The Suit” and “The Valley of Astonishment” by Theatre des Bouffes du Nord; “Miss Julie”, “Richard III”, “Oedipus the Tyrant” by Schaubühne Berlin; “(A)pollonia” by Nowy Teatr, Warszawa; as well as “2666” and “The Raft of the Medusa” from Festival d'Avignon, etc. Propel Performing Arts & Media had collaborations with many of the world's top artists, including Peter Brook, Krystian Lupa, Lev Dodin, Romeo Castellucci, Thomas Ostermeier, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Julien Gosselin and Thomas Jolly. By inviting the finest foreign theater productions intoChina, Propel Performing Arts & Media has broadened the horizons of Chinese audiences and introduced to them the highest standards of contemporary theater.
Furthermore, Propel Performing Arts & Media has developed original Chinese theatre productions. Our works include “In the North of Haidian” and “Yong Le” by Lin Zhaohua,（Projects funded by the National Art Fund in 2015） “Two Swords” by Grzegorz Jarzyna (Funded by Beijing Culture and Art Fund in 2016), and “Mo Fei” (a funded project of the National Art Fund in 2016) by Krystian Lupa. Propel Performing Arts & Media has also participated in the theater festivals such as China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Guangzhou Art Festival and LAOSHE International Theatre Festival. Our production, “Mo Fei”, has won numerous accolades (“Best Theatre”, “Best Actor”, and “Best Supporting Actress” at the 7th International Theatre Academy Awards in 2017 and "Best Actor” at the 2nd Chinese Theatre Awards in 2018).
In 2021, to commemorate the 140th anniversary of Lu Xun's birth and the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Harbin Grand Theater, Propel Performing Arts & Media Co., Ltd. has particularly presented the second selection from the Chinese Story Trilogy---the drama A Madman's Diary. This play has invited Krystian Lupa as the playwright and director. Besides, it adapts from the novel with the same name written by Lu Xun, and the world premiere of this play was invited to the first Aranya Theater Festival as the opening performance, which has gained extraordinary success. So far, the play A Madman's Diary has toured in Harbin, Shanghai, Suzhou, Changsha, and many other places in China, which many academics of the art field have highly valued.