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Approx. 10 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

An Introduction to the Beauty of Kunqu Opera

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 45 min)
5 videos
1.2. High points of Kunqu during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties4m
1.3. The socio-historical background of Kunqu in 16th- and 17th-century China6m
1.4.The Peony Pavilion, its poetry and performance20m
1.5. From page to stage: The Peony Pavilion as masterpiece8m
1 practice exercise
Week 130m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

The Beauty of Kunqu Music

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 45 min)
5 videos
2.2. Musical features of Kunqu melodies8m
2.3. Analytical definition of tune-type: qupai18m
2.4. Contrasts between Western opera and Kunqu opera6m
2.5. Traditional instruments of Kunqu ensemble: changmian6m
1 practice exercise
Week 230m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The Art of Kunqu Performance: the Male Role-Types

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 85 min)
6 videos
3.2.1. Singing and speaking of the young scholar role-type10m
3.2.2. Foot work and hand gestures of the young scholar role-type11m
3.2.3. Hand, eye,body, and step combined: "Repartee of Zithers", a scene from The Jade Hairpin16m
3.3. Demostration of the young official role-type: "Looking Homeward", a scene from The Shepherd15m
3.4. Demostration of the great official role-type: "Lamenting before the Statue", a scene from The Palace of Eternal Life19m
1 practice exercise
Week 330m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The Art of Kunqu Performance: the Female Role-Type

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 95 min)
9 videos
4.2.1. Demonstration of the mature female role-type6m
4.3.1."Search for the Dream", a scene from The Peony Pavilion: imaging the romantic mindset of a young woman18m
4.3.2. "Search for the Dream", a scene from The Peony Pavilion: disappointment13m
4.4.1. Benefiting from many masters: Liang Guyin studies "Earthly Desires"6m
4.4.2. Focus on critical points: using eye movement and acting distracted as she recites15m
4.4.3. Pantomime, song, and dance combined: "counting arhats" and escaping down the mountain9m
4.5.1. Equal demands of singing and martial arts in “Borrowing the Plantain Leaf Magic Fan”, a scene from The Journey to the West8m
4.5.2. Innovation in the scene: "belly pain"9m
1 practice exercise
Week 430m

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