South Korea Witnesses another Peking Opera Fever, Traditional Art Blooms Overseas - On the 4th Peking Opera Tour with “Interpretation” Organized by Confucius Institute at Dongseo University, South Korea

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Dongseo University [Time]    2012-12-05 16:35:24 

Busan, November 10th-23rd, 2012 - The Confucius Institute at Dongseo University, South Korea and the Office of Confucius Institute, Shandong University organized the 4th Peking Opera Tour with “interpretation” together in Korea with the great support of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

In this tour, there were a total of 10 performances including those in Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Cheju and Mokpo, etc, attracting nearly ten thousand Korean audiences from all walks of life. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Korea, the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Busan and many Confucius Institutes in South Korea gave their active support and participated in the tour. The tour was warmly welcomed by South Korean citizens from all walks of life and it attracted extensive attention from South Korean mainstream media, including Busan Daily, Kyonggi News, National TV, Incheon News and Newswave, which all reported on the tour and the Today Daily News which gave a special report on its fourth page.

According to Professor Gao Xin, Director of the Confucius Institute at Dongseo University, the foreign audience could not understand Mandarin so the opera selection and performance forms were very important. Therefore, the tour used the forms with “interpretation” and required the professional actors and actresses from Shandong Peking Opera Theatre to meticulously arrange the Peking Opera segments with fewer dialogues, such as the segments of “Greetings to the Spring”, “Farewell to My Concubine”, “San Cha Kou” and “The Adventure in Dragon King’s Palace”, etc. In addition, the theme song of “Dae Jang Geum” and the “Doraji”, etc. were specially performed. This approach was very well received by the audience, as marked by their enthusiastic applause. They were unwilling to leave after the end of the performance, and vied with each other to take group photos on the stage. All Korean audience members learnt an authentic Chinese sentence, which was: “Good! Good! Very Good!”, to show their praise and congratulations to the audiences.

During this Chinese Peking Opera tour in South Korea, the Confucius Institutes in South Korea, such as the Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla College and the Confucius Institute at the University of Incheon offered great support. Through this event, the communication between the Confucius Institutes has been strengthened and their popularity has been promoted. More Korean people have started to pay attention to Confucius Institutes and thus gotten interested in traditional Chinese culture.

The success of the overseas Peking Opera Tour with “interpretation” shows that traditional Chinese culture is still full of vigor and glamour. The Confucius Institute at Dongseo University will continue to explore various forms of cultural promotion and make further contributions to giving Chinese culture more international exposure.

The Peking Opera with interpretation, Director Gao Xin and the Emcee introducing the Peking Opera to the audience in Chinese and Korean

Song Bolong who won the Silver Award at a national competition giving a performance

The Peking Opera “Farewell to My Concubine”

Lady General Mu Guiying

Group photo of audiences and performers to mark the occasion

Group photo taken after the performance