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An Extraordinary Game: What’s So Good About Peking Opera?

November 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online

 

 

Time: Saturday, November 13, 9:00 - 11:00 AM (Beijing) | Friday, November 12, 8:00 - 10:00 PM (New York)

Please join the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and Columbia Global Centers | Beijing for a conversation with Baochang Guo and Qingmei Tao, authors of a recent publication on the theories and practices of Peking opera, An Extraordinary Game: What’s So Good About Peking Opera?.

The event also brings together an outstanding group of scholars working on pre-modern and modern Chinese literature and theater and on broader media cultures, including film, performance art, and new media. They will provide valuable comments on the book and share their insights on the unique charm and aesthetics of Peking opera.

 

About the Authors

Baochang Guo is a leading director whose creative career has spanned four decades and whose work has innovatively engaged with multiple media (opera, spoken drama, film, and television). A life-long lover and practitioner of Peking opera, Guo in this book explores Peking opera as history, philosophy, practice, and experience, offering new paradigms to understand Peking opera as both rooted in broader Chinese aesthetic traditions, and as embodied and reflexive practices by practitioners who work daily on the theater stage.

Qingmei Tao is a prolific scholar of Chinese drama in modern and contemporary times, whose intellectual work on drama is productively complemented by her long-standing engagement as a critic and educator in China’s flourishing contemporary theater scene.

 

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Weihong Bao, Associate Professor of Chinese Program + Film Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Shuguang Gu, Professor and Doctoral Advisor, School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China

Ling Hon Lam, Associate Professor of Chinese Program, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Tuo Li, Adjunct Associate Research Scholar of Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

Jingzhi Liu, Moveable Type

Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University; Faculty Advisory Committee member, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Yue Meng, Associate Professor of Arts & Science, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

Anne E. Rebull, Lecturer of Chinese Culture and Literature, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Wei Shang, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University; Faculty Advisory Committee member, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Ling Zhang, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, State University of New York, Purchase College

Judith Zeitlin, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago

 

Reminders
  • This event will be conducted in Chinese.
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]