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LA, CA-Two Afternoons of Kwun & Yueju Opera, August 6-7

Postby Velaslavasay » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:19 pm

Pursuing the Verdant Dream
Two Afternoons of Kwun and Yueju Opera

Saturday, August 6th at 3 PM
Performance by Kwun Opera Society
&
Sunday, August 7th at 3 PM
Performance by California Yueju Opera Center
at
The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-746-2166
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$15 General Donation {$13 VPES Member, Senior & Student Donation}
Advance tickets for both performances available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185974

The Velaslavasay Panorama is pleased to present "Pursuing the Verdant Dream: Two Afternoons of Kwun & Yueju Opera" directed by Professor Zhao Gan Li. Kwun and Yueju are two distinct theatrical styles, each originating in different provinces in mainland China.

On Saturday, August 6th, we welcome the Kwun Opera Society, which will present selections from the story of “The Peony Pavillion” accompanied by live musicians. Kwun Opera is considered by some to be the oldest form of Chinese theatre and is the inspiration for dozens of provincial theatre forms. Established in China's southern provinces at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (14th-17th centuries), Kwun style integrates performance, literature, poetry, music and dance. Displaying an intricate language of expression and movement, recitation is interspersed with arias sung to traditional melodies, with each word or phrase accompanied by a stylized gesture or motion and governed by strict rules of style and execution. Performed with elaborate costumes and spare sets, Kwun Opera remains the most refined and literary of all forms of Chinese theatre.

On Sunday, August 7th the California Yueju Opera Center will perform selections from four different opera stories in the Yueju canon, including “The Dream of the Red Chamber” and “The Jade Hairpin.” Yueju Opera is a style rivaled in popularity only by the well-known Peking Opera, and is noteworthy in that both male and female roles are played by female actresses. In the context of traditional opera, Yueju has developed into a cohesive art form more recently, becoming formalized for the stage just in the past 100 years.

"Pursuing the Verdant Dream: Two Afternoons of Kwun and Yueju Opera" has been organized by Guan Rong and Sara Velas in coordination with live performance director Professor Zhao Gan Li, the Kwun Opera Society and the California Yueju Opera Center. The project has been funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles and The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society.

Please visit to see a graphical representation of a traditional Chinese Opera story, "Romance of the Western Chamber," and for more information visit

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