The film, also titled Tea, was made by Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer. It chronicles Tan Dun's journeys through Japan and China in search of "the spirit of tea" as well as rehearsals of the opera and its world premiere in Tokyo in 2002.
The screening will be preceded by a performance by Tan Dun and a group of musicians making use of water, paper, and stones. Such "organic" instrumentation has figured prominently in many of the composer's recent works, including Tea, the Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra, the Water Passion After St. Matthew, and the Paper Concerto for Paper Instruments and Orchestra.
Tan Dun's works also include the Oscar-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the operas Marco Polo and Peony Pavilion.
A DVD of Tea is due out from Deutsche Grammophon in March 2005.
The San Francisco Opera will perform the American premiere of the opera in November 2006.