Confucius’s Disciples A Beijing Opera Tour

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Confucius’s Disciples is a series of short plays about China’s greatest educator, Confucius (551-479 BC), and his three fictional teenage disciples. The work was conceived by William Huizhu Sun and developed by the Shanghai Theater Academy (STA). Modeled after the classic novel, Journey to the West, this project is set during Confucius’s travels during the Warring States Period, where he promoted his philosophy and theories of statecraft. The allegorical plays deal with issues relevant to a modern audience, while its characters – rendered in stylized forms – are based on the archetypal roles found in traditional Beijing opera. The performance will be in Chinese with English subtitles.

Founded in 1945, this is the oldest professional theater school in the Asia-Pacific region and serves as the UNESCO-ITI Chair in Theater Asia-Pacific Bureau headquarters. It is also China’s only national-level comprehensive school of the arts. This tour will feature a stellar cast of students and teachers drawn from STA’s Chinese Opera College, including three national first-rank performers: WANG Lijun, ZHAO Qun, and ZHU Yufeng.

Thursday, October 27 ~ 7-9 PM

Location: SUNY College of Optometry, Schwarz Theatre
33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

FREE members / $10 non members - Seating is LIMITED

RSVP - For questions, please contact Ms. Feifei Liu at confucius@chinainstitute.org or 212-744-8181×115