CTW’s traditional music, dance, & opera programming combines three traditional performing art forms into a single event of cultural and artistic spectacle.
Chinese Opera is a traditional performing art form that synthesizes music, song, dance, pantomime, martial arts, and acrobatics into a unified performance style. In opera, every sound is treated as music and every movement treated as dance. Our professionally trained opera ensemble performs excerpts from famous opera repertoires including Peony Pavilion, Farewell My Concubine, and Qiba. Our musicians are classically trained in instruments including pipa, guzheng, erhu, bamboo flute, and percussion, and are experts in the traditional repertoires of their respective instruments. In this program, they can demonstrate the various instruments found in traditional Chinese music and their unique qualities. CTW dancers are experienced in several dance styles unique to China’s various ethnic minorities, including long water sleeves, sword dance, Mongolian dances, and Han people’s dance.
This program runs 45-90 minutes and can combine these three art forms in various combinations depending on the presenter’s needs and artist availability.
Past presenters include: Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, Indianapolis International Festival, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, NYC Multicultural Festival, NYU, Emerson College, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, PS 169 (Brooklyn), PS 122 (Queens), & Queens Central Library.