Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This article is such a complex of emotion resonance. It makes me feel so grateful to those who struggled for this endangered art. It is no exaggeration to say that I am a Chinese traditional opera aficionado, however I have to witness the recession of such a brilliant ancient art in modern life.
The article says, “Attracting a non-Chinese audience is yet another stumbling block. The biggest challenge…is how to let them know about Peking Opera, understand it, and appreciate its artistry.” The culture block is definitely an obstacle for Peking Opera to step on an international stage, but I would say it needs to be acknowledged by local residents first before it goes international. Few people born after 1980s in China, similar to millennials in the U.S., are sensitive to traditional arts and techniques. In fact, Peking Opera is nearly the “most popular” traditional arts among the young. Inspired by Sara’s post about vinyl records, I am thinking about whether we should lead Peking Opera to represent itself like some vintage culture stuff. It is a graceful old fashion rather than something outdated.
It is also a complicated philosophy for Peking Opera to surmount the culture gap, as there are so many unique cultural symbols and literature contexts. Therefore I am looking forward to seeing more support from organizations instead of merely from these respectable struggling opera artists.