Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University and Peking Opera Club in Deutschland jointly host the “Peking Opera Experience Day”
On the afternoon of May 30th, melodious opera singing and lively beating of gongs and drums echoed in the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University. Red lanterns were hung at the gate of the Confucius Institute, and the walls were covered with opera stills and cartoon figures, which made the Confucius Institute a palace of Peking Opera art.
The first “Peking Opera Experience Day” cohosted by Peking Opera Club in Deutschland and the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University was held here, which aimed to offer German people a chance to “get in touch with Peking Opera, feel the charm of Peking Opera and experience Peking Opera”. Dong Yaping, leader of the Peking Opera Club in Deutschland, Gu Yuhua, Women's Union of Rhein in Germany, Pan Chunmei, person in charge of German Oriental Art School, Chinese and foreign directors of the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University attended the activity, together with over 60 Peking Opera amateurs from China and Germany.
Artists performed classic Opera selections like King of Huainan Area Gives Orders, Emperor's Son-in-law Looked up Close, Look at Your Majesty, Dragon Car and Phoenix Carriage Enter the Imperial City, Storm Outside the Spring and Autumn Kiosk and Susan under Escort, which won bursts of applause.
Children painting Peking Opera facial masks
The Confucius Institute specially designed a “Peking Opera Gongs and Drums Experience Area” for visitors to closely get in touch with Peking Opera. Club leader Dong Yaping designed the drumbeat for opera players experiencing Gongs and Drums. After explanation and demonstration, experimenters tried big gong, big cymbal and small gong, and soon they were able to play together to the beat with the conduct of pan-ku. The organizers awarded them “Peking Opera Experience Certificate”.
Madam Kröhn trying on costume of female role in Peking Opera
Among all visitors, there was a lady called Kröhn, who was at her 50s. She was a close friend of the Peking Opera Club in Deutschland and the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University, and also a loyal fan of Peking Opera. She attended all the important cultural activities held by the Peking Opera Club in Deutschland and the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University. Every year at the Spring Festival Gala of the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University, she would do the camera shooting, burn the videos on CDs and donated them to the two organizations. On the Peking Opera Experience Day, Ms Kröhn donated the piano that her mother played to the Peking Opera Club in Deutschland and the Confucius Institute at Frankfurt University. She said that this was the best way to express her love for Chinese culture.