Mei Lanfang 120th Anniversary Celebration

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Mei Lanfang 120th Anniversary Celebration

Mei Lanfang was born on 22 October 1894, and his outstanding abilities as a performer, and his many innovations to the technique and repertoire of Jingju practice, made him a superstar in China. International tours to Japan, USA, Russia and Europe established him as one of the most significant Chinese cultural ambassadors in the twentieth century. But what is his impact 120 years later?

Through a combination of performances, academic papers and discussions, we seek to interrogate:

The Meipai (‘Mei style’) and its influence, including on vocal technique, interpretation, his pupils and other actors: what is it about the Mei style that is appealing?
His approach to play adaptation and newly written plays
His national and international relevance
His significance to contemporary practice
Period18 Oct 2014
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map