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Confucius Institute at Newcastle University Celebrates Confucius Institute Day

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Newcastle University,UK [Time]    2015-11-04 13:02:33 

On September 29th (local time), the curtain of "Colorful China", featuring an opera and music performance, was lifted, which have been prepared for 3 months by the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University to celebrate Confucius Institute Day.

On the evening, all seats were occupied on the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, and five hundred people awaited the performance with bated breath. Eric Cross, the Dean of Cultural Affairs made a short welcome speech to the audience. She said that there would be an opportunity to hear Beijing opera as well as Kun opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera still performed today.

The artists performing a classic segment from the Kun Opera

The teachers and students of Shanghai Theatre Academy then gave superb 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 performance, the gorgeous costumes and the make-up really gripped the audience.

An artist performing a classic segment from the Beijing Opera

Musical performances were also presented, including the Erhu (literally "two string", a Chinese instrument similar to the violin), Pipa (akin to a western lute) and Guzheng (an ancient stringed instrument resembling a zither). Each musician, both solo and as a member of an ensemble, delivered the fine music of the their instrument, giving the audience a new experience of Chinese traditional music. Their great performance was greeted with hearty rounds of applause.

Ms. Yu Ji performing with an ensemble

Finally, the performers invited the audience to participate in some traditional Peking tricks which received with great pleasure by the audience. At the end of the performance the audience took their photographs with the performers.

Local children from audience participating in the interactive performance on the stage

The event was a huge success, earning tremendous applause among 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 colorful 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 realized they weren't! I was also fascinated by their eyes - the way they darted from side to side so readily!".

An excellent art clearly has no borders! The artists use their marvelous technique to bring Britain and China closer together. The Confucius Institute at Newcastle University gained an even better reputation and enlarged its local influence.