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Exploring Shakespeare & Tang Xianzu through Yue Opera
Mon 25 July 2016, 17:30 – 19:30 BST
An evening to explore the themes and language of two iconic writers, UK's Shakespeare and China's Tang Xianzu. Separated by 5,000 miles, Tang and Shakespeare lived and worked in the same century, each the most popular playwright of their time in their respective countries. In 1616, both died, each leaving behind an incredible body of work for future generations to enjoy.
- Mao Weitao is considered the Chinese preserver and inheritor of Yue Opera, ensuring its passage into modernity. She is the Vice President of the China Theatre Association and the Artistic Director of the Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe.
- Guo Xianan is among China’s most celebrated theatre directors. He graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1987 and is now working in Shanghai Municipal Culture, Radio Broadcasting, Film and Television Administration. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Opera Director Association, a member of the Chinese Drama Director Artistic Committee, and a Chinese Shakespeare Research Association Director.
- Malú Ansaldo is an expert on international touring; her major projects have been for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Globe to Globe Hamlet world tour (2014 - 2016) and the world famous Globe to Globe Festival in 2012, part of the Cultural Olympiad.
- Mary Mazzilli is currently a Lecturer in the department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths College,, London. Her monograph Gao Xingjian’s Post-exile plays transnationalism and postdramatic theatre is out now with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (2015). She is the founder and Creative Director of Lumenis Theatre Company. Her plays have been staged in UK and China.
Literature, opera, cultural icons and conversation - spend an evening learning more at China Exchange.