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Free performance by Beijing theatre academy

Oct. 22, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing will perform several examples of traditional Chinese opera Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Dale B. Lake Auditorium on the college's Texas Township campus.

The Oct. 28 presentation of "Highlights of Classical Chinese Theatre" is free and open to the public and will feature six vignettes from classical Chinese operas.

Traditional Chinese opera is an ancient form of opera best known for its usage of elaborate costumes, intricately painted face masks and unique singing style. This type of theatre can include acrobatics, dance and martial arts.

The Beijing theatre academy performance is being co-sponsored by KVCC and Western Michigan University's Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The event was made available through WMU's new Confucius Institute.

The institute was founded this past July in collaboration with and through support from China's Office of Chinese Language Council International, known more commonly as the Hanban. The new partnership allows WMU to increase the Chinese language and cultural studies options it provides to WMU students and faculty, and to dramatically expand international opportunities for area schools and local businesses. A grand opening for WMU's Confucius Institute is set for Nov. 23.

For more information, contact Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley in WMU's Confucius Institute at jaime.leblanc-hadley@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3951.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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