4:00pm – 5:30pm, Friday 4 December 2015
The Lotus Hall, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU, Canberra
In this lecture-recital, Ms. Tang Yuen-ha will describe her experiences as a student of Maestro Yu Zhenfei, the last of the great exponents of traditional Chinese opera, and the traditional system of theatrical training (the old-fashioned keban 科班 and the modern xixiao 戲校). She will also briefly touch on the philosophical and aesthetic foundations of this great theatrical art form. Ms. Tang’s lecture will be illustrated with a wide range of video recordings, and she will also give some solo performances.
Ms. Tang Yuen-ha is an acclaimed performer of Chinese Traditional Theatre, and is the founder and artistic director of Hong Kong’s Jingkun Theatre. She performs frequently in China, often in collaboration with leading Chinese ensembles. She trained in Shanghai with Maestro Yu Zhenfei, the last of the great exponents of traditional Chinese opera, and went on to develop a wide range of roles in both Peking Opera and the older, more lyrical Kunqu. She was awarded China’s prestigious Plum Blossom Award in 1991. Ms Tang is now completing her doctoral dissertation at the ANU on the Aesthetics of Chinese Classical Theatre.