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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.

Tour Dates
  • 19 August - 31 August, 2014
Classic Plays of Mei School
20/23 Aug 19:30 David Koch Theatre +01 (212) 496-0600
27 Aug 19:30 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
+01 (202) 467-4600, (800) 444-1324
Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command
24 Aug 14:00 David Koch Theatre +01 (212) 496-0600
28 Aug 19:30 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
+01 (202) 467-4600, (800) 444-1324

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

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.

Programme

Classic Plays of the Mei School
Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command

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
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/arts/music/mei-lanfang-jingju-troupe-begins-a-rare-tour.html

The Washington Post: Jingju Theater at the Kennedy Center
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/jingju-theater-at-the-kennedy-center/
2014/08/14/b6fba252-2183-11e4-8b10-7db129976abb_story.html?wprss=rss_music

Forbes: Legendary Peking Opera Troupe Visits New York and Washington
http://www.forbes.com/sites/janelevere/2014/08/23/legendary-peking-opera-troupe-visits-new-york-and-washington/

Reuters: China's Peking Opera Company marks anniversary with U.S. tour
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/20/opera-peking-idUSL2N0QQ1NG20140820

Chinese Today: Mei Baojiu Meets With Chinese American Peking Opera Fans in New York
http://www.chinesetoday.com/big/article/912498

Asia Pacific Daily: Feature Story: The 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Dazzles in New York
http://www.apdnews.com/lifestyle/culture/2014/0821/76096.shtml

The China Press : Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Appears in Times Square
http://ny.usqiaobao.com/images/phocagallery/Daily/2014/08.2014/08202014/thumbs/phoca_thumb_l_b04.jpg

Asian in New York: Peking Opera to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang at Lincoln Center
http://blog.asianinny.com/performing-arts/mei-baojiu-and-the-jingju-company-theater-present-peking-opera-to-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
http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/08/28/wu-promotions-presents-peking-opera-
120th-anniversary-mei-lanfang-classic-plays-mei-school-kennedy-center/

Sino Version Net: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in New York to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://video.sinovision.net/?id=23853&cid=112

Sino Version Net: New York Lounge: Hu Wenge, Heir of the Mei School
http://video.sinovision.net/?id=23879&cid=126

Sino Version Net: In Honor of the 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://en.sinovision.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
http://video.sinovision.net/?id=23793&cid=126

The China Press: Mei Lanfang Jingju Troupe Appears in Times Square
http://ny.usqiaobao.com/news/local/58028-2014-08-20-04-32-25.html

The China Press: Mei Baojiu Speaks with Fans in New York on Father Mei Lanfang’s USA Tour
http://www.chinaqw.com/zhwh/2014/08-20/14766.shtml

World Journal: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Enchants Audiences
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_anews/25644304/article-雙甲之約精采-觀眾痴醉-?instance=hot

World Journal: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Successfully Ends in New York
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_anews/25667170/article-雙甲之約-紐約站畫完美點?instance=hot

World Journal: Panel Discussion on 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Held Today
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_nynews/25632216/article-%E9%9B%99%E7%94%B2%
E4%B9%8B%E7%B4%84%E5%BA%A7%E8%AB%87-%E4%BB%8A%
E7%99%BB%E5%A0%B4?instance=nynews

World Journal: Peking Opera Revisits New York in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_anews/25638098/article-%E6%B2%BF%E6%A2%85%E8%98%
AD%E8%8A%B3%E8%B6%B3%E8%B7%A1-%E4%BA%AC%E5%8A%87%E8%B5%B0%E9%80%
B2%E7%B4%90%E7%B4%84%E8%A1%97%E9%A0%AD?instance=hot

World Journal: Washington, D.C.: Following in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang’s Performance Tour
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_dc/25615410/article-%E9%87%8D%E8%B5%B0%E6%
A2%85%E8%98%AD%E8%8A%B3%E5%A4%A7%E5%B8%AB%E5%B7%A1%
E6%BC%94%E4%B9%8B%E8%B7%AF?instance=dc_bull_left3

World Journal: Mei Baojiu Promotes Chinese Culture on 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_anews/25638122/article-%E6%A2%
85%E8%91%86%E7%8E%96%E9%9B%99%E7%94%B2%E4%B9%8B%E7%B4%84-
%E5%85%89%E5%A4%A7%E4%B8%AD%E8%8F%AF%E8%97%9D%E8%A1%93?instance=m31

Domestic Media Report:

TV:

CCTV13: Peking Opera Performed in New York in the Footsteps of Mei Lanfang
http://v.qq.com/page/l/l/h/l001597ojlh.html

Hunan TV: Peking Opera Tour in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzY2ODAyMDI0.html

PHTV: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in the U.S. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://v.ifeng.com/news/world/201408/013b9d1f-d955-4f6b-91b0-5c3d2318c300.shtml

Print Media:

WenHuibao: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Begins in New York
http://whb.news365.com.cn/gj/201408/t20140821_1234994.html

Morning Post: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Retraces Footsteps of Master Mei Lanfang
http://www.morningpost.com.cn/2014/0826/65221.shtml

Morning Post: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Wins Acclaim in America
http://www.morningpost.com.cn/2014/0831/70296.shtml

China Daily: Opera singer Remembered.
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2014-08/21/content_18461463.htm

On line Media:

Ifeng.com: Mei Baojiu Leads 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Peking Opera Tour in New York
http://v.ifeng.com/news/world/201408/01a5641e-a576-411d-8c14-e847f5006211.shtml

Ifeng.com: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Tour Creates Sensation in America
http://news.ifeng.com/a/20140831/41799392_0.shtml

Ifeng.com: Peking Opera Worth a Thousand Diplomatic Words
http://news.ifeng.com/a/20140901/41806301_0.shtml

Ifeng.com: Legacy of Mei Lanfang’s Peking Opera Carries on Overseas
http://news.ifeng.com/a/20140824/41703649_0.shtml

China News: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performance Tour Begins in America
http://www.chinanews.com/cul/2014/08-21/6517342.shtml

China News: 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performance Tour Debuts in New York
http://www.chinanews.com/tp/hd2011/2014/08-21/394394.shtml#nextpage

China News: Peking Opera Tour in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://www.chinanews.com/tp/hd2011/2014/08-28/397962.shtml

China News: Classic Plays of the Mei School Performed in Washington D.C. to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang
http://www.chinanews.com/cul/2014/08-28/6539807.shtml

China News: Mei Baojiu Lectures on Peking Opera at the UN
http://www.chinanews.com/cul/2014/08-22/6518990.shtml

China News: US Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Ends Successfully
http://www.cnsphoto.com/newsphoto/detail.jsp?pid=100045490

Xinhua Net: Classic Plays of the Mei School Impresses New York Audiences
http://news.xinhuanet.com/overseas/2014-08/21/c_1112175720.htm

Xinhua Net: Overseas Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Debuts in New York
http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2014-08/21/c_126898004.htm

Xinhua Net: Mei School Peking Opera Performers Retrace Mei Lanfang’s Footsteps in New York
http://news.xinhuanet.com/photo/2014-08/20/c_126895931_6.htm

Xinhua Net: Mei Baojiu Meets Chinese and Chinese American Fans in New York
http://news.xinhuanet.com/overseas/2014-08/20/c_1112157936.htm

Xinhua Net: Back Stage · Male Dan
http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2014-08/29/c_126934977.htm

Xinhua Net: US Performance Tour Commemorating 120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Performs in Washington D.C.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/culture/2014-08/29/c_126931977.htm

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