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Feb 13

The Painted Face: Artistry, Design and Voice in Chinese Opera

Beijing opera performer, Li Yang, who specializes in the jing role, will bring to the stage a unique presentation of the visual power of face painting along with his skills in vocal performance.  One of the most intriguing figures in Chinese opera is the jing or painted face role—the character type for warriors, generals, bandits and gods whose brilliant face makeup reveals each individual’s emotions, flaws, and strengths. Join the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and The Confucius Institute to experience the full power of the jing role, by witnessing the effect of this visual spectacle combined with vocal virtuosity.
The artist’s residency is part of a series of events during the Lunar New Year in February 2019 highlighting contemporary Chinese artists and coincides with the UMMA exhibition Wang Qingsong/Detroit/Beijing (February 2 - May 26, 2019).

Supported through the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, The Confucius Institute, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Lead support for Wang Qingsong/Detroit/Beijing is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and the Herbert W. and  Susan L. Johe Endowment.