Yao Jikun

Yao Jikun

Yao Jikun (姚繼焜)is best known for his performances of the old man role, Lao Sheng. Among others, he has received wide acclaim for his performances in The Rotten Helve Mountain and Fifteen Strings of Copper.  “Lan Ke Shan” at the Smithsonian Associates was his first appearance in the United States . Mr. Yao is a member of the https://wtrgreenkunqu.org/wp-admin/edit.phpKunqu Troupe of Jiangsu.

Shen Yi Li

Shen Yi Li

Shen,  Yili  is a National  Class  A  Actor,  Ms.  Shen  is  a  graduate  of the  Shanghai  School  for  Traditional  Theatre and joined the Shanghai Kunju Company after graduation.    She  holds  a Master’s degree in School of Arts in Shanghai Theater Academy..    Ms.  Shen  specializes  in  the  refined  maiden  (guimendan  閨門旦或五旦)  role  type.    She  has  performed  leading  roles  in  plays such  as  The  Peony  Pavilion,

She is the lead refined young maiden role type (guimengdan 閨門旦) in the Company. Ms. Shen’s repertoire includes traditional kunqu plays, such as “The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭),” “Jade Hairpin (玉簪記),” “The Palace of Eternal Youth (長生殿),” “A Beauty above the Wall (牆頭馬上),” “The Purple Hairpin (紫釵記)” etc., and kunqu episodes, such as “Dream of Butterfly: Match Making (說親),” “The Peony Pavilion: Interrupted Dream (驚夢) and Pursuing the Dream (尋夢), “The Phoenix Mountain: Princess Florets (百花贈劍), etc.

She was the winner of 2017 Plum Blossom Award for her category in China.  She also received numerous nationally recognized awards in China, including the White Orchid Buds Award.  She has devoted her enthusiasm and efforts on advancing kunqu arts by working with different form of arts. In 2009, she performed with BBC symphony orchestra for a new work of “The Peony Pavilion” and received high praise. As a leading kunqu artist, she has been teaching young generation and is truly an outstanding artist in the realm of kunqu.

    

Zhang Jiqing

Zhang Jiqing

Zhang Jiqing(張繼青)is a member of Kunqu Troupe of Jiangsu and a Class A kunqu theater actor certified by the Chinese Government.  Ms. Zhang is one of the premiere performers in Chinese classical theater. A winner of the prestigious Plum Blossom Award, she is renown for her exceptional vocal technique. Ms. Zhang is generally recognized as the “Peony” of Kunqu theatre for her powerful performances of the heroine Du Liniang in The Peony Pavilion. Her portrayal of Cui Shi, one of her most famous role, in The Rotten-Helve Mountain at the Smithsonian Associates in 2000 marks her first appearance in the United States.

Gao Jun

Gao Jun

Gao, Jun (高均)- A National Class A Drummer/Percussionist of the Shanghai Troupe of Kunqu Theatre, Mr. Gao is a Mr. Gao learned to play the clappers and drums used in Beijing opera and Kunqu from his late grandfather Mingliang Gao, the renowned top-ranked Peking opera drummer. He has performed drums and other percussion instruments in full-length plays such as “Jingyang Bell,” “Ban Zhao, the Female Historian,” “The Peony Pavilion,” and “The Palace of Eternal Youth.” He won the Outstanding Drummer/Percussionist Award in the 5th China Kunqu Festival.

Liang Gu Yin

Liang Gu Yin

Guyin Liang (梁谷音), a member of the Shanghai Kunju Troupe in China, plays female character roles. Ms. Liang is a Natioal Class A kunqu theater actor certified by the Chinese Government. She is known in theatrical circles for her interpretive acting skills and creativity. Ms. Liang won the Plum Blossom Award at the Third Theatrical Festival in China.  This is the highest honor recognized by Chinese Government in the field. This is Ms. Liang’s second appearance at the Smithsonian Associates.

Hou Zhe

Hou Zhe

Hou, Zhe (侯哲)– A National Class B Actor, Mr. Hou is a graduate of the Shanghai School for Traditional Theatre. He specializes in the clown (chou 丑) role type. He has performed leading roles in plays including “The Reluctant Bridegroom,” “The Kite Mishap,” “The Hairpin and the Bracelet,” and “Fifteen Strings of Cash,” as well as in highlight scenes such as “Leaving the Mountain,” “Reed Woods,” “Public Shaming Parade,” “Lunatic Monk Confronting Qinhui, the Treacherous Court Official,” “Borrowing Tea,” “At a Lakeside Pub-Restaurant,” and “Visit to the Love-sick.” He has won awards including the “New Orchid Buds Award” in the First Youth Kunqu Showcase, the Outstanding National Youth Kunqu Performance Award and the Top Ten Theses Award.

Hu Weilu

Hu Weilu

Hu, Weilu (胡维露) – A National Class B Actor, Ms. Hu is a graduate of the Shanghai School for Traditional Theatre. She specializes in the young male (jingsheng 巾生 ) role type. She has performed leading roles in plays including “The Jade Hairpin,” “The Peony Pavilion,” “Love at First Sight,” and “Romance of the Western Chamber,” as well as highlight scenes such as “Escape by Boat,” “Wang Shipeng Facing His Mother,” “Writing a Petition,” and “Princess Florets Bestowing Her Sword.” In 2012, Ms. Hu formally became an apprentice to kunqu master Zhengren Cai in a ceremony devoted to “Masters Passing on Art: Contemporary Kunqu Master Taking on Apprentices and Passing on the Kunqu Art.” In 2014, Ms. Hu won the New Talent Award in the Shanghai New Plays Competition with the play “Love at First Sight.”

Ni Hong

Ni Hong

Ni, Hong (倪泓) – A National Class A Actor, Ms. Ni is a graduate of the Shanghai School for Traditional Theatre. She converted from the refined maiden (guimendan) role type to the vivacious young female (liudan六旦) role type. She has performed leading roles in plays including “The Reluctant Bridegroom,” “The Hairpin and the Bracelet,” and “Romance of the Western Chamber,” as well as highlight scenes such as “In the Classroom,” “Lovers’ Rendezvous,” and “Yearning for the Secular World.” She has won many awards, including “Outstanding Performer” in the First National Kunqu Festival and the 11th Shanghai White Magnolia Opera Performance Supporting Role Award.