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Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

An Introduction to the Beauty of Kunqu Opera

5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
1.4.The Peony Pavilion, its poetry and performance20m
1.5. From page to stage: The Peony Pavilion as masterpiece8m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

The Beauty of Kunqu Music

5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
2.4. Contrasts between Western opera and Kunqu opera6m
2.5. Traditional instruments of Kunqu ensemble: changmian6m
1 practice exercise
Week 220m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Art of Kunqu Performance: the Male Role-Types

6 videos (Total 85 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
3.2.3. Hand, eye,body, and step combined: "Repartee of Zithers", a scene from The Jade Hairpin16m
3.3. Demostration of the young official role-type: "Looking Homeward", a scene from The Shepherd15m
3.4. Demostration of the great official role-type: "Lamenting before the Statue", a scene from The Palace of Eternal Life19m
1 practice exercise
Week 316m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

The Art of Kunqu Performance: the Female Role-Type

9 videos (Total 95 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
4.3.2. "Search for the Dream", a scene from The Peony Pavilion: disappointment13m
4.4.1. Benefiting from many masters: Liang Guyin studies "Earthly Desires"6m
4.4.2. Focus on critical points: using eye movement and acting distracted as she recites15m
4.4.3. Pantomime, song, and dance combined: "counting arhats" and escaping down the mountain9m
4.5.1. Equal demands of singing and martial arts in “Borrowing the Plantain Leaf Magic Fan”, a scene from The Journey to the West8m
4.5.2. Innovation in the scene: "belly pain"9m
1 practice exercise
Week 416m
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Top reviews from The Beauty of Kunqu Opera

By ISJun 10th 2019

Great Course. Went and saw the Jade Hairpin in D.C. the day after I completed this course. It was a nice desert now able to understand and witness what the professor's had described.

By XZJun 8th 2017

The overall structure is fine. But it would be better if the answers and, if any, explanation for quiz are available.

Instructors

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Prof. Wei Hua 華瑋

Professor and Division Head
Department of Chinese Language and Literature
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Prof. Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai 白先勇

Wei Lun Professor of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
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Prof. Lindy Li Mark 李林德

Professor Emerita
Anthropology

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