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Harvest: Kunqu Live Performance
To celebrate the season of harvest and reunion, the Kunqu Society presents a live performance of three plays, featuring its resident artists and members and marking its return to live stage performance, in costume and make-up. The plays present a diverse range of characters and dramatic conflicts that reflect the foibles and tenderness of humanity. The performers include the society’s Resident Artists Jiehua Shi and Qinglin Cai in the play Asking for Tea as well as its members in the other two plays, Fleeing Down the Mountain and The Interrupted Dream. Live orchestra. Live performance with online viewing options. Supertitles in English with bi-lingual hosts. Free admission.
Bios: Key Artists
A leading kunqu performer of clown roles in China, Mr. Qinglin Cai is a graduate of the Shanghai Academy of Performing Arts and a former member of the Shanghai Kunqu Troupe. He engages and mesmerizes his audience from the moment he takes the stage, and throughout the performance. He has been invited to appear in many performing art festivals in Spain and the United States. Mr Cai has been a Resident Artist of the Society since its inception.
A leading Kunqu performer of vivacious young female roles, Ms. Jiehua Shi is a graduate of the Shanghai Academy of Performing Arts and a former member of the Shanghai Kunqu Troupe. Her exemplary acting, dancing and singing – enhanced by her natural beauty of voice and appearance on stage – make her a star of Kunqu theater. She has been invited to appear in many performing arts festivals in Spain, Taiwan, and the United States. Ms. Shi has been a Resident Artist of the Society since its inception and a teacher of the Kunqu Workshop.