Yuan Art Festival at the Nettelhorst School

Yuan Art Festival at the Nettelhorst School

February 12, 2024

Yuan Art Festival at Nettelhorst School

A project produced by the 2023-2024 CAEA visiting scholar Ms. Sherry Wang, celebrating the 2024 Lunar New Year

On behalf of the Yuan Art Festival Committee, we are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you and your family to join us for a captivating evening at the Yuan Theater: Final Showcase and Celebration.

Monday February 12th

3:30pm Playful Prelude arts and crafts with "Artful Asia Adventure"

5:00pm Experimental Theater and Performance Art event: The Story of the Destroyed Relief of the Empress Procession at the Longmen Binyang Cave

At the Nettlehorst School, 3252 N Broadway, Chicago, IL   

We are excited to present our final performance, "Panorama of Time Unfolds," which will immerse the audience in the mesmerizing tale of the relief of the Empress Procession from the Wei Dynasty. Through various forms of performance arts, we aim to bring this ancient Chinese masterpiece to life in a truly unforgettable experience.

Following a playful prelude with "Artful Asia Adventure" from 3:30pm, we invite you to join us for the main event starting at 5:00pm. This promises to be an evening filled with cultural richness and artistic brilliance.

Your presence would greatly honor us, and we believe that you and your family will thoroughly enjoy this celebration of art and heritage.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to confirm your attendance. We eagerly anticipate the pleasure of your company.

Warm regards,

Yuheng Deng

Yuan Art Festival Committee



Have you ever envisioned immersing yourself in a tangible slice of history? Sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) with generous support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and academically supported by the University of Chicago Center for the Art of East Asia (CAEA), the First Yuan Asian Art Festival is proud to present a week of Asian contemporary theater and performance art to the local community of Chicago from Feb. 03 to Feb. 12, 2024.

We are dedicated to bringing experimental theater and performance art into children’s education at the Nettelhorst School, a Chicago fine and performance arts magnet cluster school at the heart of the vibrant art community of East Lakeview. In the final performance on February 12th, children and featured artists will become a part of our ultimate theater performance to bring the story of the destroyed relief of the Empress Procession at the Longmen Binyang Cave to life. Partake in this cultural odyssey, an opportunity to witness the convergence of history, art, technology, and education.


Featured Artists:

Yijia Wang - Visiting Scholar of the Department of Art History, University of Chicago

Yiwen Wu - PhD Student of TAPS & EALC, University of Chicago

Yuheng Deng – Master Student of Art History, University of Chicago

Yimei Zhu – Interdisciplinary Artist

Rudradutt Ranade – Animator, Writer & Visual Artist