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April 08, 2011

A tribute to Shakespeare from Taiwan Bangzi Opera!

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“BOND” – a Taiwan Bangzi Opera adaption of “The Merchant of Venice” 豫莎劇 – 《約/束》
Starring Hai-ling Wang, Diva of Taiwan Bangzi Opera, and Mei-li Chu, Ya-ling Hsiao, and Chien-hua Liu

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 7pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
University of Michigan
911 North University, Ann Arbor, MI

Audience members are advised of the following:
- English and Chinese subtitles will be provided.
- There is no intermission; a Q&A session will immediately follow the performance.
- This special performance is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. University policy limiting the size of the audience to the number of seats available will be strictly enforced.
- This performance is not recommended for children under the age of ten.

Related events (also free and open to the public):

Bangzi Family Night 親子活動: Fun for all ages – demonstration-lecture on the best of Chinese opera, video screenings of four essential opera roles that will appear in the performance, and brief opera lessons on body movement and martial arts!
Date/Time: Sunday, April 10, 2011 | 7pm
Location: Auditorium A, Angell Hall, U-M Central Campus (enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag), Ann Arbor

Bangzi Opera Workshop 豫劇工作坊: Members of Taiwanese Bangzi Company and academics of the genre will provide an insightful introduction to this type of traditional Chinese opera. Live performances will surely brighten the workday!
Date/Time: Monday, April 11, 2011 | 12noon
Location: Room 1636, School of Social Work Building, 1080 S. University (corner of South U. and East U.), Ann Arbor

All three events are sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, with support from U-M Department of English and Comparative Literature's Year of Comparison. Special thanks to members of the Taiwanese American community of Ann Arbor and Greater Detroit for their dedicated assistance.

Relate lecture: Monday April 11, 4:00pm, 3222 Angell Hall

Speaker: Alexander Huang, Penn State University

Title: Global Shakespeares 2.0: Digital Humanities Today

The age of global Shakespeare 2.0 has arrived. It is an age in which Shakespearean performance is shaped by its self-referentiality and inter-media citational strategies. "Shakespeare" fosters friendly associations and hostile confrontations with equal force. This illustrated presentation will explore how the digital video archive can decouple Shakespearean text and performance in ideological formations and re-join them as open sites where negotiations of meanings take place. A world increasingly driven by market economy rather than ideological difference has led to the coexistence and confluence of multiple manifestations of Shakespeare.

Speaker Bio:
Alexander Huang is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Penn State University, Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT, the general editor of *The Shakespearean International Yearbook*, early modern studies faculty of the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English, and the Vice President of the Association for Asian Performance.

One of his recent books, *Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange* (published by Columbia University Press), received the MLA's Scaglione Prize and an honorable mention of NYU's Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama and Theatre.

As the co-founder and co-editor of *Global Shakespeares*, an open-access digital video archive based at MIT, he was the video curator of an exhibition on early modern and postmodern Sino-European cultural exchange at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. His research has been sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), International Shakespeare Association (ISA), the Folger Institute, and other organizations.

Posted by zzhu at April 8, 2011 04:11 PM