Peking Opera performed by Chinese and Japanese students to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institutes

[Source]    Confucius Institute at J.F. Oberlin University [Time]    2014-04-18 16:20:52 

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institutes, the Peking Opera performance by Chinese and Japanese university students, co-organized by Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius Institute at J.F. Oberlin University in Japan, was put on from March 19 to 22 at Tianjin Foreign Studies University, the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts and Communication University of China respectively.

Over 50 Japanese actors, all from the Confucius Institute at J.F. Oberlin University and its host university, participated in the performance. The vast majority of them were current university students aged 19 to 22, and a few were graduates greatly fond of Peking Opera, with the oldest performer aged 65. Along with the Chinese students, they performed classics such as At the Crossroads, Women Warriors of the Yang Family and Autumn River.

In 2000, approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, J.F. Oberlin University incorporated Peking Opera into its curriculum, making it the only university in Japan that offers credit courses in on-stage Peking Opera performance. Madam Yuan Yingming, a former student of the renowned Peking Opera performing artist Mei Baojiu and a doctor in studies of Chinese operas, teaches in the university and serves as a theater director. Since 2005 when the Confucius Institute was established, Chinese language learning has been included in the program, which has further promoted the study of Peking Opera. The students performed in public in Japan many a time, and in 2012, they went to Shanghai for an exchange performance, which was very well received.