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All-Female Hangzhou Yue Opera Company Comes to NYU's Skirball Center, 2/25-26

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All-Female Hangzhou Yue Opera Company Comes to NYU's Skirball Center, 2/25-26

The all-female ensemble Hangzhou Yue Opera Company transforms two classic Ibsen plays into lyrical adventures with Hedda (February 25) and The Lady from the Sea (February 26) at the second annual Visions + Voices Global Performance Series at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. This year's Visions + Voices will focus on China and will run from February 20-May 12, 2014.

Hangzhou Yue Opera Company presents:

[Opera]

Hedda (U.S. Premiere)

February 25 at 8pm

$28-$38

100 minutes

The Lady from the Sea (U.S. Premiere)

February 26 at 8pm

$28-$38

90 minutes

Related events:

Q&A (FOR PERFORMANCE ATTENDEES)

February 25, Post-8pm performance

Zhan Min, Director & Vice-President of Hangzhou Yue Opera Company

Hedda Performers & Playwrights

MASTER CLASS (PRIVATE CLASS)

With Hangzhou Yue Opera Company

February 24, Time TBA

Location: TBA

An all-female ensemble transforms two Ibsen classics into lyrical and musical adventures, with superbly stylized theatricality in one of the most popular Chinese opera genres.

Performed throughout China and Europe, Hangzhou Yue Opera Company's contemporary opera adaptations have been well-received across the globe. Hedda (based on Hedda Gabler) focuses on a highly intelligent woman, recently wed for practicality rather than love, whose jealousy leads her down a path to tragedy. The Lady from the Sea also examines a woman in a strained marriage, asked for the first time to truly examine her own desires. The pieces have been adapted to be set in China and their costumes, makeup, symbols and staging reflect a distinctive Chinese sensibility.

Yue Opera, performed by all female actors, is one of the most popular traditional operas in China. Beginning as a form of storytelling and ballad singing, it has evolved into a theatrical genre with the addition of dramatic structure and an orchestra. Yue Opera is particularly strong in its lyrical touch, with singing and gesturing as its main acting modes. Its arias follow certain patterns, which are delicate and beautiful, reflecting the special aura of southern China.

Related Event:
Q&A
February 25, post-performance of Hedda
Zhan Min, Director & Vice-President of Hangzhou Yue Opera Company
Hedda Performers & Playwrights

The Visions + Voices Global Performance Series is an annual performing arts series held at the NYU Skirball Center that creates a unique opportunity to celebrate and closely examine a singular world culture through a wide ranging artistic lens. This year's focus is China and highlights several artists who build upon cultural tradition while embracing modern perspectives. NYU Skirball believes that rich international programming not only excites New York audiences and the NYU community, but also serves as a catalyst for international dialogue and education. Celebrating the richness of NYU's global network of campuses, future seasons include partnerships with Germany, Israel, Abu Dhabi and London.

Other programs in the Visions + Voices series are:

· TAO Dance Theater's 4 and the U.S. Premiere of 5 (February 20-23); the works continue choreographer TAO Ye's journey of pushing the boundaries of corporeal expression.

· From March 26-30, the National Theatre of China, one of the new faces of 21st century Chinese theater, will debut a production of Richard III.

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