Confucius Institute at Newcastle University Celebrates Confucius Institute Day

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University [Time]    2015-10-14 16:14:53 

To celebrate Confucius Institute Day, the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University prepared for 3 months to lift the curtain on "Colourful China" on September 29th, with an opera and music performance.

On the evening, the Tyne Theatre & Opera House had no empty seats, five hundred people awaited the performance with baited breath. Newcastle University's Pro Vice-Chancellor, Julie Sanders, the Head of School of Modern Languages, Nigel Harkness, the Head of Music, Simon McKerrell, all attended and the Dean of Cultural Affairs, Eric Cross, made a short welcome speech to the audience.

"Tonight there will be an opportunity to hear Beijing opera as well as Kun opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera still performed today. On behalf of colleagues in the CI and Newcastle University, I am delighted to welcome tonight's artists".

The artists performing a famous piece from the Kun Opera tradition called

The students and teachers of Shanghai Theatre Academy then gave several performances of Peking and Kun Opera, including "Borrowing the Plantain Fan", "The Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers" and "Picking up the Jade Bracelet". The performer’s professionalism, mastery of their art and the exciting costumes and make up really gripped the audience.

An artist performing a piece from the Beijing Opera tradition called

Musical performances were also given on the Erhu (literally "two string", a Chinese instrument similar to the violin), Pipa (akin to a western lute) and Guzheng (a many stringed instrument resembling a zither).Each musician, both solo and as part of an ensemble, played with deep expression on their chosen instrument, giving the audience a new experience of Chinese traditional music, which was greeted with hearty applause.

Ms. Yu Ji with an ensemble performing

Finally, the performers asked the audience to participate in some traditional Peking tricks such as how to do the dance representing the opening of a door, this was received with great pleasure by the audience. At the end of the performance the audience happily had their photographs taken with the performers.

Local children in the audience join in an activity on stage

The event was a huge success, winning over the mixed social classes and nationalities of the audience and the media.A local aficionado of Chinese culture said "We really enjoyed our evening with the Shanghai Theatre Opera.Neither of us had been to anything like that before, it was a wonderful glimpse into Chinese music, dance and culture.I loved the colourful costumes and the expressions on the faces of the actors.The make-up was amazing - I kept thinking the girls were wearing a mask until I realised they weren't!I was also fascinated by their eyes - the way they darted from side to side so readily!".

Excellent art clearly has no borders! The artists using their marvellous technique bought Britain and China closer together in one magnificent colourful brushstroke. Gaining for the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University an even better reputation and enlarging its local following.


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