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Xiqu Performance & Demonstration

  • Hilo Public Library 300 Waianuenue Avenue Hilo, HI, 96720 United States (map)

Showcasing the vibrancy of indigenous Chinese theatre, this presentation highlights the rich and multifaceted art of xiqu (pronounced “shee-chew,” commonly called Chinese Opera), and the upcoming production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Fights & Delights, a celebration of the chou (comic/clown) character.  Master artists from China will perform snippets of traditional xiqu: singing songs, demonstrating instruments, and presenting short scenes.  Students from the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance will share the result of eight months of training in this rigorous form, presenting xiqu excerpts in English.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.