Zhejiang University Wenqin Arts Troupe
Saturday, January 28
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
17 Canal Street
Members of the Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe performed a special Chinese New Year show on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The troupe consists of six talented teams, including a symphony orchestra, a vocal group, a dance team, a drama team, a keyboard orchestra, and a Chinese traditional music team. The performance included 11 acts including both contemporary and traditional song and dances, percussion performances and calligraphy demonstrations.
The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University and The Confucius Institute at URI helped to bring this special performance to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
In October 2006, the troupe was invited to perform in the United States by the UN Headquarters and several prestigious universities, including UCLA, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. In addition to its American performances, the troupe has traveled recently to Russia as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. The group prides itself on providing high-level artistic performances while also building bridges across cultures.
The January 2012 performance of the Zhejiang University Wenqin Arts Troupe was one of several connections between Brown University and this leading Chinese University. Brown’s relationship with Zhejiang University (ZJU) dates from 2006. It is nurtured by reciprocal visits made by Brown President Ruth Simmons and ZJU President Wei Yang (Brown Ph.D. 1985), as well as visits by senior administrators, faculty delegations, and students. A collaborative programs agreement, signed in 2007, provides for graduate student exchange and research collaborations between the two universities. Each year, students from ZJU enroll in Bioengineering and other graduate programs at Brown.
The Year of China provides a unique opportunity to engage with ZJU faculty and students. In October 2011, President Wei Yang spoke about his work on defect evolution in nanocrystals and graphenes as part of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation’s 2011-2012 Distinguished Lecture in Nanoscience Series.
The visit from the Zhejiang University Wenqin Arts Troupe was one of several events from the Year of China focusing on the long trajectory of cultural production in Greater China. Renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibit, “Move Along, Nothing to See Here,” served as the inaugural program for the year’s events. The exhibit consisted of two 12 foot-long crocodiles cast in resin, realistically painted, and pierced with several thousand sharp objects—knives, forks, nail clippers, and the like—that were confiscated at airport-security checkpoints in New York. Mr. Guo-Qiang visited to open the exhibit, speaking to a crowd of over 200 about his artistic processes and work.
The Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) performed Confucius’ Disciples, an original series of short plays about China’s greatest educator, Confucius (551-479BC), and his three fictional teenage disciples in the fall of 2011. Performers from Shanghai Theatre Academy led a workshop for Brown students in Beijing Opera techniques during a visit to campus.
Later this spring as part of the Year of China, Brown welcomed Ms. Gao Yanjinzi, one of the leading figures in contemporary Chinese performing arts. She is Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Beijing Modern Dance Company (BMDC), one of China’s preeminent dance companies. While on campus, Ms. Gao will led dance workshops for students and prepared them to perform at Brown’s annual Festival of Dance in May. She returned to campus in May 2012 for the Year of China's Closing Ceremony to perform.
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