Jiang Weiguo: Shuttling between the Chinese and British Stages/Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe: "The Development and History of Traditional Chinese Peking Opera"
1 June 2014
SOAS University of London
UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture
Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe
School of Oriental and African Studies Chinese Student & School Association
The lecturer sponsored by the British Chinese Traditional Culture Institute was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. The event was divided into two parts, the first was chaired by Jiang Weiguo on "Shuttling between the Chinese and British Stages", the other was introduced by three representatives of Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe on "The Development and History of Traditional Chinese Peking Opera".
Jiang graduated from the Acting Department of the Shanghai Theatre Academy. He has been devoted to the exploration and research of Chinese and Western drama for a long time. He once transformed Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" into Traditional Chinese Huangmei Tone, and also integrated the style of Chinese opera into Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Beginning in 1989 as a visiting scholar at New York University and Yale University in the United States for three years, he came to the United Kingdom to study and obtained a PhD in Drama at the University of Leeds. Jiang also served as a lecturer and director at the same time, and then became a full-time visiting professor in the Department of Drama at Columbia University. In 2001, he won among many applicants around the world and became the Dean of the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. For more than ten years, Jiang has been frequently travelling between mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has directed many works in theatre troupes in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei.
This time, Jiang focused on his experiences traveling between China and Britain. Apart from the two pieces mentioned above, he also directed British actos to play Cao Yu’s play "The Sun Isn’t Ours", and the Chinese actors performing the British contemporary play "Closer" and "Midsummer", etc. During the lecture, Jiang played clips and showed the audience the stills from their performances.
On April 24, 2013, the well-known Tianjin Peking Opera Troupe and the National First-class Actor Meng Guanglu's visit to the UK brought the Institute a Peking opera lecture for the first time. Today, the Institute invited the Tianjin Youth Peking Opera Troupe, Li Ming, the deputy head of the National Peking Opera, Liu Guijuan,the National First-class Actor and winner of the Plum Blossom Award,the National First-class luthier Wang Yue and the leading actor of the Trope, Hong Jun came to the British Institute of Traditional Culture. They introduced the history, development,the characteristics of the stylized performance of Peking opera in a simple way. They also brought live performance from classic excerpts, allowing the audience to experience the charm of Peking opera more deeply.