BELOIT (BC) -- Dedicated to the preservation and performance of the Chinese theatrical tradition of Peking Opera, which combines music, song, mime, elaborate costuming, dance, martial arts and acrobatics, the internationally recognized Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company will hold a gallery reception, film screening and performance at Beloit College.
A reception for “Dual Lives,” an exhibition by the company’s photographer and film maker Alan Govenar, will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, at 4 p.m., in the courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art, on the Beloit College Campus, and will include a performance by the company and a gallery talk by Govenar. The reception will be followed in the evening by a screening of Govenar’s documentary “Master Qi and the Monkey King,” which focuses on the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, the preeminent master of Peking Opera living in the United States, at 8 p.m., in room 132 of the Hendricks Center for the Arts. Lastly, the company will perform on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 7 p.m., in Eaton Chapel, on the Beloit College campus. All events are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1988 by Qi Shu Fang, a household name in China due to her feature role in one of China’s Cultural Revolution opera films, the Peking Opera Company has received numerous awards, including the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor in traditional folk arts in the United States. According to Fang--awarded the title of “National Treasure of China”--the mission of the company is “to promote Chinese and Chinese-American culture by bringing Peking to a world audience and to foster a deeper cultural understanding between East and West.”