Oct 28, 2011
On Monday, October 3, 2011, a Chinese traditional performing arts performance was held by the Zhenjiang University Wenqin Art Troupe at the APU Millennium Hall. Many people came along to watch the show and it proved to be a hit with each section of the program receiving rousing applause and cheers from the audience. This event was hosted by the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Confucius Institute.
Starting with a drumbeat performance entitled “Dragon Rising and Tiger leaping”, the show aimed to spread Chinese culture and promote mutual understanding and enhance friendships between Chinese and Japanese students. It included thirteen performances that combined both traditional and modern Chinese culture including contemporary Chinese martial art performances, a string quintet of traditional Chinese instruments, Peking Opera, a violin solo performance, and a male/female vocal quartet.
In addition to faculty, students and staff, many local citizens also came along to enjoy the show. One audience member spoke of how he was impressed by the brilliant Chinese performances and how he hoped to watch the show again in the future.
Japanese Tour Program leader (LIU Weichao, Zhejiang University), commented on the show, “We were very glad to conduct this show in APU and have been preparing for this for almost two years. Although our students have lots of academic commitments, they managed to set aside time to practice with us. We sincerely hope that the show contributes to cultural exchange between the Chinese and Japanese people.”
The Wenqin Art Troupe is a group of highly talented student performers from Zhejiang University, and has gained a great deal of experience giving public performances at foreign institutes of higher education over the past several years. Following the APU performance, the Wenqin Art Troupe will also visit Ritsumeikan University, Waseda University, Aichi University and Hokuriku University.
Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA):ZHAO Ruixi (APM3, China)