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September 17, 2012

Glorious Kun opera to delight audiences in Ann Arbor!

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Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province

Cai Shaohua, director
Friday, September 28, 2012, 8 pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 8 pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Tickets start at $30

Kunqu, the 600-year-old grand opera of China, is enjoying a much anticipated popular revival, attracting audiences inside and outside China with performances that judiciously blend classical stories and performance practices with contemporary staging interpretations and technologies. For their Ann Arbor performance, Suzhou Kun Opera Theater performs touchingly romantic scenes from the kunqu genre. In Chinese with English supertitles.

Friday Program
- “Qintiao 琴挑” (Zither Seductions) from Jade Hairpin
- “Huozhuo 活捉” (Captured Alive) from All Men Are Brothers
- “Xiaoyan 晓宴” (Garden Banquet) from Palace of Everlasting Youth

Saturday Program
Four Scenes from The Peony Pavilion (Mudanting):
- “Youyuan jingmeng 游园惊梦” (Strolling in the Garden and the Interrupted Dream)
- “Xunmeng 寻梦” (Pursuing the Dream)
- “Shihua jiaohua 拾画叫画” (The Portrait Retrieved and Examined)
- “Yougou 幽媾” (Nightly Rendezvous)

Event Sponsor:
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan.

Posted by zzhu at September 17, 2012 05:14 PM