Ying Zheng was born and grew up in Shanxi, China, where she received her first Master’s degree from Shanxi University, and has since been working for the Foreign Languages Department of Taiyuan Normal University. In 2013-14, she visited Peking University, where she took a Dante course with Professor Thomas Rendall. In late 2014, she started to write poems in English. Her first poem, a sonnet sequence written in the terza rima form, was dedicated to her lifelong mentor Professor Rendall. In 2019, she earned her second Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, UK. On 14 June 2021, her ekphrastic poem “Dante and Beatrice” was published in Forum Italicum. Her English translation of Mu Yang’s poem “Loneliness” appeared in An Anthology of Chinese Poetry, 2020. Her most recent English translations of three poems by Ta Bei – “Qingxi Lake in Dusk,” “Drunk on Mao-Tai Liquor,” and “Morning Scene” – can be found here. Her ekphrastic poem “Out of the Ante-Inferno,” one of the selected artworks from the Dante 700th London competition, is on display in London through September 2021. She is currently pursuing PhD studies at Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.
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DANTE 700TH London
3rd – 30th September 2021
Dante Society London 22, Bryanston Mews West London W1H 2DD
Visits to the exhibition by appointment only. Contact us by mail.
The exhibition with the participation of a collective of artists from Italy, the United Kingdom, China and the United States of America will take place in London at the Dante Society London premises, during the month of September 2021. The artists accepted the invitation to explore and interpret Dante’s writing and its relevance in the 21st century, each with their own unique artistic brilliance. The original interpretations represent an exceptional panorama that celebrates Dante’s anniversary in a special manner and offers a contemporary perspective in the various artistic and multimedia representations.
The selected artists of Dante 700th London:
Bianca Froese-Acquaye, Despina Symeou, Emilio Guazzone, Francesco Filippini, Giuseppe Pipino, Iluà Hauck da Silva, Jackie Carter, Kat Mustatea, Laura Parker, Louise Marchal, Maurizio Coglia, Michela Papavassiliou, Paolo Rambelli, Rocco Epifanio, Shadi Almualem, Teresa Cecchi and la classe di chimica ITT ‘G.E.Montani, Ying Zheng.
Dante 700th London Prize Jury: Alexandra Lawrence, Dario Pisano, Patrizia Poggi.
Our most heartfelt thanks for supporting this initiative.
The winner of the exclusive interview granted by London One Radio, the first Italian radio in the United Kingdom is: Kat Mustatea
Awarded for Voidopolis – a digital performance about loss and memory currently unfolding on her Instagram feed @kmustatea
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“In Season 3 Episode 7 of Dog with a Blog (time stamp 6:50), the main character, Avery, is talking about some of the quirks that her friend
Max has, including a sign on her bedroom door that says, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” –Sarah Scherkenbach
Contributed by Sarah Scherkenbach (The Bolles School, ’22)
“TSVI & Seven Orbits debut their Paraadiso* project with a whorl of sweeping choral arrangements and staggering rhythms for Shanghai’s SVBKVLT powerhouse. Inspired by Italian folk music, noise, ancient compositions and rituals, the result is a sort of widescreen 4D soundworld, something like Enigma/FSOL’s Lifeforms bolstered by smashed/syncopated hard drums and emo arpeggios rendered in slow motion.
“Unison is the duo’s conception of ritual music for contemporary, collective physical experience, aka the rave. With a masterful grasp of technoid dramaturgy, its 10 tracks draw on ancient choral traditions as much as up-to-the-second rhythmic diffusion styles to suggest new ways of moving and being moved, with a pointed focus on synchronising social action and reaction.
“Following their 2020 debut, Seven Orbits approaches the project from an audio-visual background, bringing a highly animated structure to TSVI’s rugged rhythmic proprioceptions. Unison was created by the pair to be performed in live context with visual accompaniment, and clearly conveys a strong sense of movement through the audio alone, coming close to the kind of balletic dynamics of Jlin and Second Woman.
“For the strongest examples we advise checking the lush choral lather and polymetric slosh of ‘Liquid Matter’ finding the duo at their most uplifting, the knuckled scuzz of ‘Berserk’ for their rudest workout, or the killer arrangement of haunting ancient chorales and bombed out dembow swag in ‘Riflesso,’ coming off like Laszlo Hortobagyi meets Paul Marmota at their darkest and most theatric.” —Boomkat, see also their artist statement on bandcamp
The final track is titled “Paradiso terrestre.”
* The spelling of the group’s name as ‘Paraadiso’ is intentional