A Lecture on Kunqu and Beijing Operas
Kunqu and its most prominent
descendant, the Beijing opera, are the unique classical Chinese
theaters ablaze with a fusion of poetry, singing, dancing and
acting, both of which have reigned as the predominant theatrical
genres from the 16th century down to the 20th
century, during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Like Shakespeare's
sonnets, Caravaggio's paintings, Handel's music: all true beauties
that must endure the test of time, the two Chinese cultural genres
still look and sound so fresh that they remain as the towering and
representative classical theaters of China today.
In conjunction with a
production of both Kunqu and Beijing opera performances (at 7:30 pm
on Sat. May 9 at the Kaye Playhouse), organized by the Asian Pacific
Culture and Arts Center (APCAC), Ben Wang, Co-Chair of the Renwen
Society of China Institute and a specialist on classical Chinese
drama, will give a lecture in English on Kunqu and Beijing operas.
Ben Wang is Senior Lecturer in Language and
Humanities at the China Institute, Co-Chair of the Renwen Society of
the China Institute, and Instructor of Chinese at the United Nations
An award-winning published translator, Ben Wang
has taught and lectured on the Chinese language, calligraphy, and
classical Chinese literature at Yale, Columbia, Barnard, Williams,
U.C. Berkeley, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, Lincoln
Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts of
Boston, the BBC, among other cultural institutions.
Ben Wang taught Chinese and translation at
Columbia University and New York University between 1969 and 1991.
lecture will be in English.
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Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, New York,