PEKING OPERA FESTIVAL

Watching an authentic Peking Opera outside China is a seldom opportunity. It is an art that most people know by name, but have never seen before. Peking Opera is more than just music and singing; it also combines drama, dancing, martial arts and acrobatics, which makes it one of the most multifaceted theatrical forms in the world. In 2010 Peking Opera was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

The Peking Opera Festival offers a fine selection of original plays accompanied by an introduction to some of the key facts about Peking Opera. Basic background knowledge about the meaning of typical gestures, the abundant make-up and elaborate costumes help the audience understand the fundamentals of this mysterious genre.

After four celebrated festival editions in several European countries and Brazil, in 2014 Beijing’s most renowned Peking Opera ensemble will perform for the first time in Russia and the United States. Local audiences may look forward to experiencing some of the most distinguised Peking Opera stars on stage. Information about dates and ticket sales will be announced soon!

 

THE 120th ANNIVERSARY OF MEI LANFANG

In 2014, the 120th anniversary of the most outstanding Peking Opera performer of all times, Mei Lanfang, will be celebrated. He was the first actor ever to present Peking Opera abroad. Mei Lanfang's son Mei Baojiu, together with other outstanding stars of the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing, Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe will present the Peking Opera Productions:"Classic Plays of the Mei School" and "Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command" in the United Stated of America. 

 

Mei Lanfang

Mei Lanfang (1894-1961) was a world-famous master of Peking Opera in China. He was a legend for his outstanding artistic achievements as well as his contribution as a cultural ambassador of China and Chinese art. He was born into a family of Peking Opera and Kunqu performers, and became the best-known among the "Four Most Famous Dan Performers" (female role type). Because of improvements and innovations that he brought to his art, What became known as the "Mei School" describes his unique oriental opera performance system, which together with the Russian Stanislavski System and the German Brecht System form the "Three Performing Systems of the World".

Mei Lanfang led Peking Opera abroad several times, not only promote the understanding of Chinese culture and art for the people all over the world, but also brought Peking Opera among the world's opera forest. He made his performances in Japan, the United States and the Soviet Union before 1949. His performance won reat applause. University of Southern California and Pomona Collage both conferred on him honoray doctorates of literature. Japanese scholars compiled all the newspaper reviews of his performances into a volume titled Pin Mei Ji (the Mei Review Record). His American production of Hongni Guan was made into a silent movie by a Japanese film company. Later, this production was made into a movie with sound by the famous russian director Sergei Eisenstein. The American media were lavish in their praise, stating that "Mei Lanfang's art unquestionably surpasses all obstacles existing between East and West."In addiion, Mei Lanfang's first performance in Europe took place in a music hall on Moscow's Gorky Street. Among the audience were such luminaries as Vyacheslav Molotov, Kliment Voroshilov, Maxim Gorky and Leo Tolstoy, all of whom were unstinting in their praise of Mei Lanfang's performing art.

Master Mei devoted himself to Chinese Opera for his lifetime and his contributions in Peking Opera's development and innovation are the huge treasure which is worthy of admiration. Let alone the stage performance, Mei Lanfang was involved in teaching as well.

 

Mei Baojiu

Mei Baojiu, son of Mei Lanfang and the master of the second generation of the Mei School descendants, is a famous contemporary Jingju performer and a world-class artist. He is the leader of the Mei Lanfang Jingju troupe in Jingju Theater Company of Beijing, a member of the national committee of CPPCC, the president of the Art Foundation of Mei Lanfang, the graduate student supervisor of National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and the national intangible cultural heritage project (Jingju) representative inheritor. Mei Lanfang not only inherited and developed Mei School, but also trained artists for it. He had 37 students all over the world, who have become the major force in the area of Jingju.

In 2005, he received the 5th China Gold Record Award.
In October 2006, he received a Lifetime Art Achievement Award from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2009, he was granted an Art Masters Award and Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Artists Association.
In  May 2010, he received Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award.
In December 2010, he was granted Performing and Plastic Arts Award by China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
In March 2012, he received his PhD from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan.
In  April 2012, he was given the title of "Messenger of Peace" by United Nations World Peace Prayer Conference.

TOUR & TICKETS

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Lincoln Center for the performing arts David H. Koch Theater
2014-8-20 (19:30-22:00)
Classic Plays of the Mei School
2014-8-23 (19:30-22:00)
Classic Plays of the Mei School
2014-8-24 (14:00-16:30)
Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command
For tickets: http://davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoPO.html
For more information: http://www.pekingopera.eu

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts Opera House
2014-8-27 (19:30-22:00)
Classic Plays of the Mei School
2014-8-28 (19:30-22:00)
Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command
For tickets: http://davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoPO.html
For more information: http://www.pekingopera.eu

PRODUCTIONS

Classic Plays of the Mei School

Classic Plays of the Mei School includes the performance of five operas: The Goddess of Heaven Scatters Flowers,Lian Jinfeng Pierce the Mussel, Resisting Jin Troops, Farewell My Concubine and Drunken Beauty. The show begins with one of the most historically significant works by Mei Lanfang, The Goddess of Heaven Scatters Flowers, in which a heavenly woman performs a poetically expressive ribbon dance. Described by Mei Lanfang as "a messenger of peace," the goddess of heaven ascends above the clouds and scatters flower petals onto earth, showering mankind with love and joy. A unique sword dance is another highlight of the show.

Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command

When Western Xia invades Northern Song, retired old general She Taijun sends her great grandchildren, Yang Wenguang and Yang Jinhua to the capital city for information. Wenguang defeats Wang Lun, son of the treacherous official Wang Qiang, in a martial arts competition held to select the marshal who will lead the army against Western Xia forces. Mu Guiying, Yang Wenguang’s mother, has long held a grudge against the emperor. Persuaded by She Taijun and others, the patriotic general Mu Guiying agrees to lead the army in battling invaders.

ABOUT PEKING OPERA

Peking Opera consists of various artistic features like singing, music, dance, drama and acrobatics - a combination that makes the performance a unique stage experience. Beautiful costumes, elaborate makeup, enchanting voices and lively combat scenes fascinate the spectator. But in order to understand what the art of Peking Opera really is about, the audience needs some background knowledge. In our section ABOUT PEKING OPERA we will introduce the history of Peking Opera, outline the key facts about the performances and explain the basics about the four main roles types and the stage performers. Read more...

PAST TOURS

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival Brazil 2013

Cidade das Artes (Rio de Janeiro), SESC Quitadinha (Petropolis), SESC Pinheiros (Sao Paulo). Read more...

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival Brazil 2013

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival Europe 2013

Lucent Danstheater of The Hague, Brucknerhaus Linz, Teatro Piccolo di Milano. Read more...

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival 2013

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival 2012

Reithalle Munich, Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Teatro Rendano di Cosenza. Read more...

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing: Peking Opera Festival 2012

National Center for the Performing Arts: Red Cliff 2012

Burgtheater Vienna, National Theater Prague, State Opera Budapest. Read more...

National Center for the Performing Arts: Red Cliff 2012

PARTNER

Producer - Jingju Theater Company of Beijing

Established in the early spring of 1979, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing is one of the largest and most prestigious Peking Opera performance groups in China. It is directly affiliated to the Beijing Municipal Government and enjoys an incomparable status in domestic opera performance. With a large repertoire of traditional and modern productions, the group has made remarkable achievements inheriting and developing the art of Peking Opera.

The Jingju Theater Company of Beijing has been home to numerous talented performers over the past decades. These performers have included the "Four Famous Dans" (artists who represent or impersonate themselves as female characters) Mei Lanfang, Shang Xiaoyun, Cheng Yanqiu and Xun Huisheng, and the "Five Most Acclaimed Performers" Ma Lianliang, Tan Fuying, Zhang Junqiu, Qiu Shengrong and Zhao Yanxia. The stage manners, artistic accomplishments and schools of performance have helped shape and define today's Jingju Theater Company of Beijing.

Jingju Theater Company of Beijing has staged over three hundreds of classical plays and created more than a dozen of new plays since its founding. Many of them have won top national awards, including "Three Fights with Tao Sanchun" and "Last Touch to Dragon Painting". Today, the most outstanding performers of the troupe have become icons to the troupe's many young followers: Today, the most outstanding performers of the troupe have become icons to the troupe's many young followers: Performers like Tan Xiaozeng, Wang Rongrong and Chi Xiaoqiu all strive to keep learning from their masters Tang Yuanshou, Wang Yurong and Wang Yinqiu – the patriarchs of the Tan-, Zhang- and Cheng-school, respectively.

In China the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing is famous throughout the country for its artistic professionalism and its size. The company nowadays consists of three performing ensembles, the youth troupe, which is designed to prepare young performers, the Mei Lanfang Troupe that is named after the most famous performers of all times, following his performing practices, and the No. 1 Troupe which unites the most popular and acclaimed performers of the whole troupe.

Organizer - Wu Promotion

Founded in Beijing in 1991 by Zezhou Wu and Jiatong Wu, Wu Promotion is one of China's first performing arts promoters and event organizers. Inspired by a deep passion and dedication to music, Wu Promotion strives to enhance cultural exchange by actively promoting the performing arts and capturing the beauty and diversity of the world's culture through unique events.

With offices in China, Europe and the Middle East, its international and creative team organizes more than 500 concerts and events per year in China as well as abroad.

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