Famed Chinese Actress Zhang Xunpeng Demonstrates and Discusses Kunqu, A Classical Genre of Chinese Theater

This event was held on March 14, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Acclaimed Chinese Actress Zhang Xunpeng will make a special appearance to discuss and demonstrate the ancient theatrical performance art of Kunqu. It is a synthesis of drama, opera, ballet, poetry recital, and musical recital, which also draws on earlier forms of Chinese theatrical performances such as mime, farce, and acrobatics, some of which go back to the third century B.C. or even earlier. This is an excellent opportunity to meet one of the great theatrical artists of China, in addition to learning more about this ancient performance art.

Zhang Xunpeng is currently the Professor in Charge of Training the Fifth Generation of Kunqu Performers, at the Shanghai Theater and Drama College, Division of Theater and is also Senior Actress of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. The event was organized with the help of the University of Michigan Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

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