New York Chinese Opera Society to present large-scale performances December 17-19 at Pace University in downtown Manhattan
Presentations to feature nationally known stars from China,
premiere of Biblical “Story of Ruth”
NEW YORK, NY, December 14, 2010 — The New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS) will present three days of Chinese opera featuring internationally-known stars from China at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in downtown Manhattan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 17 -19.
Featured performers include Luoying Teng, from The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, who performed in the US last year; Wei He, from the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing, who specializes in “old man” roles in the Yang style; and Li Li, from the Peking Opera Theatre of Tianjin, a specialist in “faithful wife,” “lover,” and “damsel in distress” roles in the Shang style.
The program begins with Chinese opera excerpts (including “House of Hu,” “The Narrow Escape”, and “Farewell My Concubine”) at 7:30 pm Friday the 17th. “Story of Ruth,” a contemporary Chinese opera based on the Biblical story, follows at 2 pm Saturday; and “The Fourth Son’s Filial Visit” is at 1:30 pm Sunday.
Information on tickets and programs is at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 516-798-3253 or 347-266-6714. Performances are in Chinese , with English subtitles and a brief English introduction in the beginning of each show.
New work based on Bible
The “Story of Ruth” is a premiere of a new work developed by NYCOS during a lengthy period of planning and three preview performances at other venues. The idea of Chi Chu, president of NYCOS, it was developed in a collective effort by NYCOS members and staff who worked together on the script, music, singing, dancing, and costumes. “The staff at NYCOS has collaborated selflessly, sincerely and passionately to create this contemporary Chinese opera,” said Chu.
In China, traditional opera enjoys a long history and is of rich cultural importance. It is one of the best representations of traditional Chinese culture, and includes music, dance, art, history, morality, and folklore.
Many local artists will join the Chinese performers. They include Xiangwei Yu, a well known performer from New York; Xiaoling Tong, head of the New York Xiaoling Tong Theatre Workshop; Qiuwei Zhang, also from New York, who is famous for playing “old woman” roles; Kuixi Han and Hong Wang, both playing the “clown” role; Qingyin Yue, playing the “old man” role; Yingchun Li, playing a “female warrior” role; Jinhong Li; and Qing Wang, known as the king of the “painted face.”
NYCOS has organized many popular performances since the company was established in June of 2006. Its performances at Pace on December 4, 5 and 6 of last year, which included “The Romance of Dragon and Phoenix,” “The Red Haired Galloping Horse,” and “Spring of the Jade Hall,” won special praise from fans of Chinese opera.
Essays on unpopular Hong Kong reforms, resilience after Japanese invasion
Before Saturday’s performance, the audience will witness prize presentations to Pace student authors of new essays about Chinese history– one analyzing the impact on the transfer of Hong Kong to China of unpopular education reforms conceived by the colonial government, the other about the resilience of a Chinese family after the Japanese invasion of China before World War II.
The essays are winners of the first “NYCOS Essay Competition at Pace University,” a contest established by the University’s Confucius Institute and NYCOS to promote Chinese culture. The first-prize essay, on Hong Kong education, is by Ben Oliveri, a Political Science student at Pace’s New York City campus; the second-prize work, on one family’s odyssey, is by Amanda Wong, a student studying Marketing and Management at the University’s Pleasantville campus.
The students will be awarded a cash prize on Saturday at 2 pm by Chu, the president of NYCOS, Nira Herrmann, PhD, Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences of Pace University, and Weihua Niu, PhD, Director of the Confucius Institute of Pace University.
NYCOS is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers who love Chinese opera. The organization states: “We believe that through opera performances we can promote Chinese opera and educate American audiences about the art form, enhance cultural exchanges between China and the US, and bring diversity to community life.”
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