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Experience China—with UChicago Arts, and without jet lag

Chinese opera mask of a cat
Chinese opera mask of a cat
Chinese opera mask of a cat

Boasting more than 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese culture and heritage, most of which are free to the public, Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture (“演视中国” 文化艺术节) is coming to venues throughout the University of Chicago from February 13 to June 15, 2014.

This year, the University announces the Chicago premiere of Chinese opera star Ling Ke (凌柯) and members of the Tianjin Peking Opera Company on April 12 and 13, 2014, as a highlight of the festival which includes the Smart Museum of Art’s Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture (“中国戏曲中的视觉文化”展览), an exhibition of rarely seen works from late imperial China.

Beginning with At the Threshold: Envisioning China, an opening celebration on February 13 from 5-7:30 p.m. , the festival continues through June with art, film, music, conversations and performances organized by UChicago’s Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, Court Theatre, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of Music, Department of Visual Arts, Doc Films, Film Studies Center, Oriental Institute, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and University of Chicago Presents, as well as other collaborative partners.

“UChicago Arts is thrilled to welcome the outstanding young performer Ling Ke and the Tianjin Peking Opera Company to campus as part of Envisioning China,” states Judith Zeitlin, faculty festival director and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. “The opera performance expands the festival’s already diverse offerings and provides the greater Chicago community the opportunity to experience one of China’s great cultural traditions.”

The festival also includes collaborations with Chicago-based arts organizations, including the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s first performance in its five-part concert series exploring the Chinese Five Elements.

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