University of Valencia Confucius Institute organises traditional Sichuan opera

Performers of the Sichuan Opera
Performers of the Sichuan Opera

The Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia (ICUV) organised last Friday (October 5) the musical show “Vent melòdics de Xina. L’òpera de Sichuan” at the Valencia Conference Centre. The entry was free until seating capacity was reached.

The Sichuan Opera is a style with original music and a colourful repertoire which represents subtle interpretative abilities. For the first time in Valencia and by virtue of ICUV and the collaboration of the Confucius Institute headquarters in China, the artistic group of the University of Chongqing, Hanban, performed different acts of this southwestern part of China.

The repertoire is based in classical themes and compositions. During them, one was able to appreciate corporal movements such as turning, falling, waving of arms and rolling about – magnificent abilities worth gazing at. The artistic group is formed by students and professors from the University of Chongqing, in China.

The municipality of Chongqing, with a population of 30 million habitants, is also located in the southwestern part of the country. In fact, it is located between the four cities that do not belong to a province, next to the capital city Beijing (Pekín), as well as Tianjin and Shanghai. Furthermore, it is known not only for its history but also for its crucial role in the manufacturing industry of the Asian country. The famous spot of the Three Gorges, outstanding for its natural orography, it located in Chongqing.

The Sichuan opera is one of the oldest forms of opera in China and it incorporates the characteristic face changing. The event is organised in commemoration of the 5th World day of the Confucius Institutes, centres which spread Chinese language and culture since they were stablished in Seoul (South Korea). There are 529 Confucius Institutes to this day and 1113 Confucius Classroom in primary and secondary schools in over 146 countries and regions around the world.

The World Day was established in 2014 as it was its 10th year anniversary. The Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia was founded in 2007 and it maintains an agreement with the Northeast Normal University (NENU), with headquarters in Changchun, capital of the north-eastern province of Jilin.

ICUV is considered a model Confucius Institute by its headquarters and it holds the 2017 Distincion de la Generalitat Valenciana al Mèrit Cultural.

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