Events & Highlights
|The 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang, USA, 2014|
Tour Dates: 19 August - 31 August, 2014
Mei Lanfang is the great master of Peking Opera in China. On October 22, 2014, the 120th birth Anniversary of Mei Lanfang will be celebrated.
Mei Lanfang is the great master of Peking Opera in China. On October 22, 2014, the 120th birth Anniversary of Mei Lanfang will be celebrated. For chinese people, The Chinese 60-year calendar cycle, which is based on the combinations of a cycle of ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, makes the 60th birthday a very important event, and the 120th anniversary, respectively, is aslo of great significance.
To commemorate the 120th anniversary of this famous Peking Opera master and to promote the art of Peking Opera itself, Mr Li Enjie, president of jingju Theater Company of Beijing, has initiated the “120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang” project. Under the leadership of Mr. Mei Baojiu, son of Mei Lanfang, a world tour of Peking Opera with a group of excellent performers will follow the footprints of the Mei Lanfang, performing in the USA, Russia, and Europe.
Mei Lanfang (1894-1961) was a world-famous master of Peking Opera in China. He was a legend for his outstanding artistic achievements as well as his contribution as a cultural ambassador of China and Chinese art. He was born into a family of Peking Opera and Kunqu performers, and became the best-known among the “Four Most Famous Dan Performers” (female role type). Because of improvements and innovations that he brought to his art, What became known as the “Mei School” describes his unique oriental opera performance system, which together with the Russian Stanislavski System and the German Brecht System form the "Three Performing Systems of the World".
Mei Lanfang led Peking Opera abroad several times, not only promote the understanding of Chinese culture and art for the people all over the world, but also brought Peking Opera among the world`s opera forest. He made his performances in Japan, the United States and the Soviet Union before 1949. His performance won reat applause. University of Southern California and Pomona Collage both conferred on him honoray doctorates of literature. Japanese scholars compiled all the newspaper reviews of his performances into a volume titled Pin Mei Ji (the Mei Review Record). His American production of Hongni Guan was made into a silent movie by a Japanese film company. Later, this production was made into a movie with sound by the famous russian director Sergei Eisenstein. The American media were lavish in their praise, stating that “Mei Lanfang's art unquestionably surpasses all obstacles existing between East and West.”In addiion, Mei Lanfang's first performance in Europe took place in a music hall on Moscow's Gorky Street. Among the audience were such luminaries as Vyacheslav Molotov, Kliment Voroshilov, Maxim Gorky and Leo Tolstoy, all of whom were unstinting in their praise of Mei Lanfang`s performing art.
Master Mei devoted himself to Chinese Opera for his lifetime and his contributions in Peking Opera’s development and innovation are the huge treasure which is worthy of admiration. Let alone the stage performance, Mei Lanfang was involved in teaching as well.
Jingju Theater Company of Beijing
Established in the early spring of 1979, the Peking Opera Theater Company of Beijing is one of the largest and most prestigious Peking Opera performance groups in China. It is directly affiliated to the Beijing Municipal Government and enjoys an incomparable status in domestic opera performance. With a large repertoire of traditional and modern productions, the group has made remarkable achievements inheriting and developing the art of Peking Opera.
The Peking Opera Theater Company of Beijing has been the home to numerous talented performers over the past decades. These performers include the "Four Famous Dans" (male artists who represent or impersonate themselves as female characters) Mei Lanfang, Shang Xiaoyun, Cheng Yanqiu and Xun Huisheng, and the "Five Most Acclaimed Performers" Ma Lianliang, Tan Fuying, Zhang Junqiu, Qiu Shengrong and Zhao Yanxia.
The Peking Opera Theater Company of Beijing has staged over three hundreds of classical plays and created more than a dozen of new plays since its foundation. Many of these plays have won top national awards, including Three Fights with Tao Sanchun and Last Touch to Dragon Painting. Today, the most outstanding performers of the troupe have become icons to themany young followers of the troupe: performers like Zhang Jianfeng, Yang Shaopeng and Zhang Liyuan all strive to keeplearning from their masters Mei Baojiu, Tan Yuanshou and Zhang Xuejin – the patriarchs of the Mei-, Tan- and Ma-schools, respectively.
Classic Plays of the Mei School
For more information: www.pekingoperafestival.com
120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang US Tour Clipping Report
In August, led by Mei Baojiu, son of Mei Lanfang, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing, Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe performed in the David Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of the great opera master. The performances received extensive media coverage by the New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Forbes, Voice of America, and other mainstream media. This tour received 45 pieces media report and 153 pieces reprinted report.
International Media Report:
New York Times: Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Begins a Rare Tour
The Washington Post: Jingju Theater at the Kennedy Center
Forbes: Legendary Peking Opera Troupe Visits New York and Washington
Reuters: China's Peking Opera Company marks anniversary with U.S. tour
Chinese Today: Mei Baojiu Meets With Chinese American Peking Opera Fans in New York
Asia Pacific Daily: Feature Story: The 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Dazzles in New York
The China Press : Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Appears in Times Square
Asian in New York: Peking Opera to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang at Lincoln Center
DC Metro Theatre Arts: Wu Promotions Presents: Peking Opera — 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang: ‘Classic Plays of the Mei School’ at the Kennedy Center
Sino Version Net: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in New York to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
Sino Version Net: New York Lounge: Hu Wenge, Heir of the Mei School
Sino Version Net: In Honor of the 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
Sino Version Net: Mei Baojiu: Legacy of the Mei School Continues on 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
The China Press: Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Appears in Times Square
The China Press: Mei Baojiu Speaks with Fans in New York on Father Mei Lanfang’s USA Tour
World Journal: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Enchants Audiences
World Journal: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Successfully Ends in New York
World Journal: Panel Discussion on 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Held Today
World Journal: Peking Opera Revisits New York in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang
World Journal: Washington, D.C.: Following in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang’s Performance Tour
World Journal: Mei Baojiu Promotes Chinese Culture on 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
Domestic Media Report:
CCTV13: Peking Opera Performed in New York in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang
Hunan TV: Peking Opera Tour in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
PHTV: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in the U.S. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
WenHuibao: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Begins in New York
Morning Post: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Retraces Footsteps of Master Mei Lanfang
Morning Post: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Wins Acclaim in America
China Daily: Opera singer Remembered.
On line Media:
Ifeng.com: Mei Baojiu Leads 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Peking Opera Tour in New York
Ifeng.com: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Creates Sensation in America
Ifeng.com: Peking Opera Worth a Thousand Diplomatic Words
Ifeng.com: Legacy of Mei Lanfang’s Peking Opera Carries on Overseas
China News: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performance Tour Begins in America
China News: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performance Tour Debuts in New York
China News: Peking Opera Tour in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
China News: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
China News: Mei Baojiu Lectures on Peking Opera at the UN
China News: US Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Ends Successfully
Xinhua Net: Classic Plays of the Mei School Impresses New York Audiences
Xinhua Net: Overseas Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Debuts in New York
Xinhua Net: Mei School Peking Opera Performers Retrace Mei Lanfang’s Footsteps in New York
Xinhua Net: Mei Baojiu Meets Chinese and Chinese American Fans in New York
Xinhua Net: Back Stage · Male Dan
Xinhua Net: US Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performs in Washington D.C.