The performance of the singers from the city of Tianjin took place in the Chinese Cultural Center on September 13 as part of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.
Vice-Rector Pavlenko, invited as a guest of honor, said that theatrical art bridges cultures together, talked about the long-standing friendship between the two countries and thanked the Chinese Embassy, China Cultural Center and Confucius Institute for the event. Mrs. Gong Jiajia, Minister Envoy, Director of the China Cultural Center and Head of the Department of Culture at the Embassy of China, said: “The date was chosen on purpose, as September 13, 2019 was the date of Mid-Autumn Festival, which makes the event symbolic as the traditional celebratory date is combined with the traditional Chinese theater, which was declared an intangible legacy by UNESCO in 2010. It was as early as 1935 that Mei Lanfang introduced this art to Soviet people, much to the admiration of Director Meyerkhold. Then it became clear that the Western and the Eastern theater traditions could enrich each other”.
Dr. Li Tao and Anna Shikhverdieva, two teachers from Confucius Institute, talked on the subject of rich symbolism of the Opera and of the troupe itself. The Tianjian Troupe is one of the most famous in China and comprises many performers of the highest category. The three most famous opera fragments (“Emperor’s Palace”, “Jade Bracelet” and “Uproar in Heaven”) were performed, with Russian subtitles.
Peking Opera is a synthetic art combining singing, verse recitation, scenic movement and acrobatics, all of which were marveled at by Russian spectators. The decorations were traditionally minimal, the gestures symbolic yet the plot unfolded clearly, instilling in viewers a veritable aesthetic pleasure. The performance truly showed that art has no borders, being a bridge that connects nations and cultures.
The list of guests of honor included Mrs. Gong Jiajia, Dr. Maria Rukodelnikova, Head of the Department of Oriental Languages of the Institute of Linguistics, Mrs. Wang Suling, Director of the Russian-Chinese Cultural Exchange Center (Tianjin) and a painter of renown, Mr. Fu Shifan, representative in charge of “Changmin Huabao” illustrated magazine and others.
The event was organized by Confucius Institute of RSUH, with the support of the Department of Culture at the Embassy of China and China Cultural Center in Moscow.