Students from the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera achieves great success in the Fifth “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for college students in Eastern USA

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at the State University of New York at Binghamton [Time]    2014-05-20 12:55:11 
 

On March 30, 2014, the 5th “Chinese Bridge” - East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, also the preliminary contest of the 13th “Chinese Bridge” – Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was held at Pace University in New York. The event was hosted by Hanban and Consulate Genaral of the PRC in New York, undertaken by the Confucius Institute at Pace University and New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows, and coordinated by Confucius Institutes in eastern USA and The Chinese Language Teachers Association of Greater New York. Twenty-five contestants from sixteen colleges participated in this competition. Three students from the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at the State University of New York at Binghamton, achieved remarkable success by winning the first and second places in the senior group, third place in the junior group and the only two awards for Outstanding Talent.

Carrie Buck from the senior group made a speech in Chinese entitled “A Pithy Formula for Singing, Speaking, Acting and Martial Arts in Beijing Opera”. The audience was much impressed by this American girl with her fluent spoken Chinese when she said, “Last year I learned Beijing Opera at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts for one term. Today I’m going to recite a pithy formula for singing, speaking, acting and martial arts in Beijing Opera for you.” Then in the section of talent show, she demonstrated her stunningly superb singing and dancing skills in an excerpt from Beijing Opera “The Heavenly Maid Scatters Blossoms”. Her unequalled brilliant performance brought her the first place in the senior group and the Outstanding Talent Award.


Carrie Buck, awarded the first place in the senior group and the Outstanding Talent Award, performing the Beijing Opera excerpt from “The Heavenly Maid Scatters Blossoms”

A graceful boy, Adam Kopec explicitly expressed in the speech his wish to become a diplomat in China in the future. Then he performed a Beijing opera excerpt from “The Three Families Inn”, his tune mellow and full, his gesture and motion well presented with accuracy. “I placed myself at the block, asking the passengers to be my guest and listen to me”, the singing was filled with arousing vigor, winning him the unquestioned honor of the second place in the senior group. Through his performance, the audience was able to appreciate not only the extraordinary talents of American students, but also their passion for Chinese traditional culture and the distinctive advantage of Chinese theatre arts in the promotion of Chinese culture. Daniel Mcmonagle, who has studied Chinese for one year only, also did an excellent job in the competition. His outstanding skills in playing Chinese diabolo accompanied by his introduction in idiomatic Chinese of the movements, such as “flying up and down, flipping from left to right” and “taming the dragon in eighteen moves, and reversing heaven and earth”, inspired admiration by all and totally deserved the honor of the third place in the junior group and the Outstanding Talent Award.


Adam Kopec, awarded the second place in the senior group, performing the Beijing Opera excerpt from “The Three Families Inn”


Daniel Mcmonagle, awarded the third place in the junior group and the Outstanding Talent Award, playing Chinese diabolo

The winners of this competition will represent the Eastern USA region to compete in the final round of the 13th “Chinese Bridge” – Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, as the only distinctive Confucius Institute that names after Chinese opera, will continue to send promising candidates specialized in Chinese opera to the important event of “Chinese Bridge” Competition.

 
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