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University of Chicago welcomes Chinese opera star Ling Ke & Tianjin Peking Opera

The University of Chicago is bringing a taste of China to Chicagoans beginning February 13 through June 15, 2014. Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture (“演视中国” 文化艺术节) will include over 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese culture and heritage, many of which are free to the public.

As part of the celebration, UofC will host Chinese opera star Ling Ke (凌柯) and members of the Tianjin Peking Opera Company on April 12 and 13, 2014 for Symposium: Chinese Opera in Visual and Material Culture.

“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,” said 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 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.

Festival highlights:

  • At the Threshold: Envisioning China festival opening celebration: Feb. 13
  • Smart Museum of Art’s Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture (“中国戏曲中的视觉文化”展览): February 13-June 15
  • Rare Chinese Opera Film Series: March 7, April 6, May 3 and May 16
  • Multi-screen video installation of Yang Fudong's (杨福东) East of Que Village (雀村往东), February 28–March 30
  • Chinese Fine Arts Society’s (中華才藝協會) Five Elements Project: Water, April 27
  • Shanghai Quartet 30th anniversary performance presented by University of Chicago Presents, May 2
  • M. Butterfly by award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang at Court Theatre, May 8–June 8
  • Direct from China, recital by Pipa virtuso Lan Weiwei (兰维薇), premiering new composition by University of Chicago alumnus Chen Yao (姚晨 PhD’12), June 1