La Peintre, Yu-Lin


Opera Screening
Registration: 3:15pm 
Screening: 3:30pm 
Close: 5:45pm

Performed in Mandarin, with NO subtitles │ 135 minutes

Born to humble origins, Pan Yu-Lin came of age when China underwent rapid modernization influenced by western science and democracy. Encouraged by her husband Pan Zanhua, Pan seized the chance to be one of the first Chinese females to study fine arts in France, spending almost a decade studying drawing, painting and sculpture. The cornerstone of her western training was life drawing; she excelled at figure painting, which foreshadowed her signature mature works of female nudes. However, her paintings of nude females were a challenge to the cultural norms in the 1920’s China and generated much controversy in the art scene in the early Republic years. To pursue independent visual language, Pan traveled to Paris again in 1937. Over 40 years in France, Pan successfully established herself as a “warrior of beauty”, leaving behind a legacy of art that represented the pride and passion of an independent woman.

Opera La Peintre, Yu-Lin allows the audience to discover Pan’s story from studying at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, studying in Paris, returning to Shanghai to teach, and the uproar caused by the use of nude models.

Composer Nan-Chang Chien, playwright An-Chi Wang, French director Juliette Deschamps, and conductor Wing-Sie Yip, under the auspices of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, have put the legendary life of Pan Yu-Lin onto the musical stage.


Mewas Lin (as Pan Yu-Lin)


Wu Bai-Yu-Hsi (as Pan Zanhua)


Marionlin Xu (as Mr Wang)


Chong-Boon Liau (as Liu Haisu)



Siao-Cheng Kong (as the model’s husband)


Jo-Pei Weng (as the model & Madam)




Wing-Sie Yip

Stage Director

Juliette Deschamps


Nan-Chang Chien

Playwright An-Chi Wang
 Author Shih Nan
Costume Design

Sophie Hong

Set Design

Nelson Wilmotte

Lighting Design

Lee-Zen Michael Chien

Choir Master Yu-Chung Johnny Ku
Vocal Coach Katherine Chu

National Symphony Orchestra
Taipei Philharmonic Chorus

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Event Details

Sat 01 Dec 2018
3:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Road, Admiralty

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Free admission; Online registration required
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