Minsheng Lecture: A Reason to Love Kun Opera



Zhao Jinyu

Guest: Zhao Jinyu
Date: July 25, 2020
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: Multimedia Hall (1F) Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
Fee: Free of charge

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About the Lecture

A song by the water mill, a fabulous sleeve dance

A compelling story, an unforgettable romance.

Kun Opera is one of the oldest Chinese opera and world cultural heritage. Kun Opera combines poetry, dance, and painting onto the theatre stage. During several hundred years’ development, the unique art form has been refined and become a source of romance with humanity beauty. It also begins to step into the multimedia space with traditional aesthetics.
Walking out of the theater and stepping in to the museum, Kun Opera enters the contemporary public space, where the traditional opera is meeting the new demand of creative content and form. In the museum, the obstruction of the traditional stage dissolves, and Kun Opera reveals not only the historical accumulation and classical opera vocals, but also the craftmanship of Kun Opera artists, and their respects to traditional art. The Kun Opera artist has made great attempt to merge the beauty of Kun Opera into life, through a series of explorations in the contemporary context.

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum is going to invite China’s first professional Kun Opera promoter Zhao Jinyu to share about his “Kun Opera +” concept as well as interesting fun facts about Kun Opera. What’s more, there will be a Kun Opera cosmetics and costumes display, where lucky audiences will get the chance to put on some of the costumes and cosmetics, to get a close-up experience of the Kun Opera (the audience need to bring their own folding fan). No matter you are a new fan of opera art, or a senior opera lover, please join us to get in the vibe of Kun Opera.

About the Guest

Zhao Jinyu

China’s first Kun Opera promoter. Apprentice of the great Kun Opera artist Zhang Xunpeng. Zhao graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy. She is the director of Shanghai Peng School Kunqu Art Center, member of Shanghai Xijujia Association, Shanghai Performing Artist Federation, Shanghai Youth Federation. She was awarded the March 8th Red-Banner Holder, Shanghai Youth Medal, Shanghai’s Educator of the Year, Ambassador of Shanghai Style Qi-Pao. As a kid she was a student of Beijing Kun Opera master Yu Zhenfei, and was taught Dangma by Wang Zhiquan, queen of the female warrior of Kun Opera. Later she became an apprentice of Zhang Xunpeng, the famous Kun Opera artist. Zhao has played various roles on the stage, including Du Liniang, princess of flowers, Yang Yuhuan, and Xie Suqiu. She successfully shaped characters who are with the balance of femininity and masculinity. Since 2007, she has become the professional public educator of Kun Opera. She is now the director of Shanghai Peng School Kunqu Art Center. She established the “Kun Opera +” concept, and is dedicated to merging the beauty of Kun Opera into our daily life.