PHOTO: Members of the Peking Opera on stage after finishing their impressive performance at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center
For the second time, CCPE hosted the Chinese Film and Culture Festival at CSULB, which kicked off with an impressive Opening Ceremony at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on October 20th. The ceremony opened with speeches from CSULB President F. King Alexander, CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee, and special guests Li Yan (CEO of Beauty Media and President of ICN TV Network), Qiu Shaofang (Consul General of the People’s Republic of China to Los Angeles), and Li Chunyu (Vice Director of the Bureau of Culture, Broadcast, Movie and Television, Tianjin City).
The audience was then treated to a Bian Lian performance, an ancient Chinese dramatic art in which performers wear brightly colored masks, which are changed within fractions of a second (and without the use of the performer’s hands). The Tianjin Peking Opera Troupe closed out the ceremony with performances of excerpts from three traditional operas, which combine music, mime, and dance with vocal performances.
Over the next week, artists set up in the University Student Union Ballroom, where students and visitors could watch them work and buy the finished products. Li Qiang, a papercutting master who has created more than 1,000 pieces of art, showed off his intricate papercuts, and Wang Qian and Zhao Ying presented their Yangliuqing Spring Festival Pictures and painted bottles.
Popular Chinese rock band Gray Wolf, which fuses modern rock with Han Chinese and Xinjiang elements, held a mini-performance in the U.S.U. Ballroom, which was followed by a full performance at the Beach Auditorium. Throughout the week, eight modern Chinese films were screened for free in the Beach Auditorium, including Aftershock, Eternal Moment, Shaolin, Walking to School, and The Blue Knight.
From the fascinating films and beautiful music to the impressive artwork and lively performances, the 2011 Chinese Film and Culture Festival was a great success.