The Chinese College of the International College for Arts and Communication (MKIK) held the Beijing Opera Festival. The students reincarnated in traditional roles, held a quest, and performed several scenes and arias.
The event was organised by the Dean of the Chinese College Maria Suvorova and the Deputy Dean Elena Shulgina.
Before the performance, the students of the Chinese College of MKIK suggested other students going through a detective quest and finding out, which of the masks stole the peaches from the imperial palace.The participants had to talk to the residents and choose the suspects to figure out the villain.
After completing the game, the guests were told about the versatility of the Beijing Opera, which includes music, recitation, pantomime, acrobatics, and even wushu.
The Chinese College students showed an episode from ‘The Trial of the Emperor's Son-in-Law’ opera with translation. And then the passages from the two most difficult arias by freshman Amina Garifova and the choral performance of all other participants of the event were voiced.
For a complete immersion in the atmosphere, guests were invited to try on Beijing Opera-style headdresses in the photo zone.
Absolutely everyone received gifts: themed stickers drawn by a freshman of the Chinese College.
The Beijing Opera Festival at the MKIK literally immersed students of all areas of studying in a unique cultural phenomenon. This is a phenomenal event for Europeans, which cannot be compared with any theatrical format familiar to us.
The students thanked the representatives of the Chinese College for such a dynamic, entertaining, and easy introduction to the hallmark of China - the vibrant and multifaceted Beijing Opera.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Alina Novichkova24.12.2021