Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE public will get a be­hindthe-scenes look at Chi­nese cul­ture when the ac­claimed Zhe­jiang Univer­sity Wen­qin Art Troupe per­forms at Pen­rhos Col­lege.

The troupe is hold­ing work­shops around WA be­fore the per­for­mance at the school on Fe­bru­ary 20.

The visit, which cel­e­brates 30 years of friend­ship be­tween WA and Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, in­cludes work­shops in 12 met­ro­pol­i­tan schools.

WA stu­dents will have the chance to talk to per­form­ers about their craft, and in­ter­preters will be avail­able to ex­plain the sto­ries, mu­sic, in­stru­ments and cos­tumes.

The troupe, based in Zhe­jiang’s cap­i­tal Hangzhou, was brought to Perth in 2016 by the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at UWA – a not-for-profit cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to mak­ing Chi­nese lan­guage, art and cul­ture ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

“They were a big hit last year, and we are thrilled to bring them back for an even more spec­tac­u­lar line-up,” Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute direc­tor Dr Xian­lin Song said.

The troupe was founded in 2001 and has per­formed at the UN Head­quar­ters in the US as well as through­out Europe, Asia and Aus­tralia. In Septem­ber 2016 they per­formed as part of the G20 Sum­mit pro­gram in Hangzhou.

Wen­qin’s colour­ful, high­en­ergy shows com­bine the best of an­cient and mod­ern China.

The en­sem­ble’s highly skilled tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cians, singers, dancers and mar­tial artists will present a di­verse pro­gram with in­tro­duc­tions and ex­pla­na­tions in English.

The Wen­qin troupe will also be the head­line act at the forth­com­ing Aus­tralia China Busi­ness Coun­cil gala din­ner on Fe­bru­ary 16 at Crown Perth.

“We are about build­ing bridges and cre­at­ing con­nec­tions,” Dr Song said.

“Un­der­stand­ing another lan­guage and cul­ture and get­ting to know peo­ple from another coun­try is the best way to break down bar­ri­ers and build a tol­er­ant and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of the Zhe­jiang Univer­sity Wen­qin Art Troupe per­form.

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