Peony Pavillion

Peony Pavilion — Young Lovers’ Edition

A life-affirming legend of love and resurrection.

Performed over three consecutive days at UCLA, September 29- October 1, 2006


Performances & Events

A Conversation on 'The Peony Pavilion'
A roundtable discussion
Monday, September 25, 2006
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Music of Kunqu
Demonstration by Li Chi (Ethnomusicology, UCLA) & her troupe and talk by Prof. Helen Rees (UCLA)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of Kunqu: Acting & Singing
Demonstration by renowed kunqu artist Hua Wenyi and talk by Dr. Susan Pertel Jain (UCLA)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Influence of 'The Peony Pavilion' on 'The Dream of the Red Chamber'
A talk, in Chinese, by Professor Wu Xinlei (Nanjing University)
Thursday, September 28, 2006
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Reception for Kenneth Pai & the Artists of the Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company
Demonstration of scenes from "Peony Pavilion" by Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company and talk by Kenneth Pai, followed by a reception
Thursday, September 28, 2006
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: The Peony Pavilion, Part I -- 'The Dream of Love'
A 20-min. background talk
Friday, September 29, 2006
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: Peony Pavilion, Part II -- 'Romance & Resurrection'
A 20-min. background talk
Saturday, September 30, 2006
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: Peony Pavilion, Part III -- 'Reunion & Triumph'
A 20-min. background talk
Sunday, October 1, 2006
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Center for Chinese Studies is proud to welcome to UCLA the company of the “young lovers' edition” 青春版 edition of the Ming dynasty opera Mudanting (“Peony Pavilion”), which will hosted by UCLALive at Royce Hall over three consecutive nights this September 29 through October 1.  Produced by renowned author Pai Hsien-yung 白先勇 and sung by members of the Suzhou Kun Opera Theatre 蘇州崑劇院, the new Mudanting has been performed more than seventy-five times in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to resounding acclaim. Especially exciting is the warm welcome the work has received among college students and other young people.  This production of Mudanting will help to insure the healthy survival of one of China's precious cultural traditions both in China and abroad.

The Center has organized a series of lectures and demonstrations to introduce Mudanting and the history and art of kunqu, the elegant genre in which this opera was composed.  Besides preparing audiences to enjoy this exquisite work to the utmost, we look forward to laying the groundwork for a wider renaissance and international appreciation of traditional Chinese performing arts during the coming years. The Center invites all interested members of the public to attend our lectures and demonstrations.

Lovers of traditional Chinese culture who would like to join in supporting the Center's  educational efforts may learn about philanthropic opportunities here.  We look forward to seeing you at Royce Hall this September!

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