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Experimental Drama Ghaffar’s Chinese Dream

Using multimedia (music, image and video) Ghaffar Pourazar tells his story and demonstrates how watching Beijing Opera one night in London in 1993, completely changed his life. How he chased the troupe to Beijing and started living and training with children at the Beijing Opera school and through sickness and pain reconditioned his 32 year old body fit for football and hockey into a singing dancing acrobatic Beijing Opera Warrior and Monkey King. Throughout the story telling Ghaffar puts on costumes, paints his face and demonstrates parts of his early plays: SAN Cha Kou, Tiao Hua Che, Wusong plays and Shi Xiu Tan Zhuang and Monkey King plays. This is about amazing costumes from the Ming Dynasty and colors, designs, forms and movements on the stage which were passed down from ancient times, then refined and passed down again. Ghaffar uses audience participation throughout the evening, inviting the audience to learn Beijing Opera movements and sounds and use of props.In between the live performances and multimedia demonstrations we hear about the tragedies of loneliness, sickness and physical pain next to the joy and excitement of learning a beautiful art form with energetic young people, making friends and learning a new culture. Hearing immense group shouts of joy at the site of dumplings in the Beijing Opera school canteen, and becoming the kids football Trainer at lunch time. IT IS ABOUT THE EXTRA RESPECT AND KINDNESS THAT MOST CHINESE SHOWED TO A FOREIGNER. It is about a kind of humanity that survives in China. It is also about traveling the YI Dai YI LU countries with Beijing Opera, some for the first time in history and performing his role as the monkey King in Persian, Turkish, Spanish and English, in addition to the original Chinese. Finally it is about winning recognition and awards and performing for Dukes and Duchesses, ministers, ambassadors, Mayors, Secretaries of State, pop stars and VIP guests of the Chinese government. It is about touring China and the world with the Beijing Opera companies and some of the most beautiful, skillful and lively actors, actresses and masters of the art and sharing their lives, joys and tragedies. He completes his monkey face and costume and performs an excerpt from Havoc in Heaven. Finally Ghaffar performs excerpts from his latest program combining Beijing opera with Broadway musicals.

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Drama The Dagger

Yu Drama StudioYu Drama Studio established in 2016 spring, set up by a group of young people who have a dream and enchanted by theatre to declare a formal war to life and chase the good future of the art world of theater. It was composed of all departments students of Shanghai Theatre Academy and theater lovers in society aiming to analysis classical from a modern perspective and give a new life to play by using diverse methods. In the meantime, they are also keeping questing and studying the creation of theater arts and the training of performance art. We will try our best to build the steps to theater art palace and move forward step by step. [Everyone has a dagger given by the lord in his hand. However, does protection mean to hurt someone else by using our dagger?]This is a story which time and space are highly abstracted. The story is about a mother who lost her daughter in the war and a young handsome war criminal. They are standing from different points of view to face the cruel justice and the hatred of kindred, which caused them to fight each other with dagger……This is the allegory about humanity and truth. Also, this adaption pays more attention to another different perspective which enforces the main thought of the dagger, an invisible weapon that everyone owns. It also focuses on the story of salvation between the mother who would die to protect her child and the soldier who kills for survival.We may hurt people around us unconsciously by releasing our weapon in order to defend our faith and protect our love that is deep inside of hearts. After that, yet we still try to justify this guilt by getting it a reasonable ground……Is humanity been used by this dagger or, on the contrary, it uses dagger? How can we define right or wrong?

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