The long-awaited performances by the Taizhou Luantan Opera in March are being rescheduled for fall 2017 because of unforeseen circumstances with travel. The new dates for their public performances will be announced as soon as arrangements are finalized.
The 30th annual FAME Festival, March 18-19, 2017, will go on as scheduled at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.
All tickets for the original Embassy Theatre performance date of March 19, 2017, will be refunded at the point of purchase. Any Embassy box office or Ticketmaster.com purchases using a credit or debit card will be automatically refunded. If you purchased tickets with cash or a gift card, please visit the Embassy box office in order to obtain your refund in person. The Embassy staff will also be available on March 19, 2017, from 4–8 p.m. to assist with refunds. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
FAME is pleased to be able to bring world renowned artists to Fort Wayne to represent the theme for the current year. In 2016-17 the cultural focus is “Destination China.” These artists visit classrooms to provide presentations and hands-on activities at local FAME member schools. If you would like to be a FAME member school, click here.
The 2017 Visiting Artists will be the Taizhou Luantan Opera Company from China.
The Taizhou Chinese Opera Company is a 100-year-old opera company. Chinese Opera is a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China with roots going back to the early periods in China and enjoyed by both the common people as well as China’s royalty and aristocracy. It is composite performance art that is a combination of various art forms that existed in ancient China, and evolved gradually over more than a thousand years, reaching its mature form in the 13th century during the Song Dynasty. Early forms of Chinese drama are simple, but over time they incorporated various art forms, such as music, song and dance, martial arts, and acrobatics, as well as literary art forms, to become Chinese opera.
The elaborate costumes are as important as the characters themselves because each costume tells a story. There are brilliant colors, exaggerated flowing sleeves, and pheasant feathers used in the headwear to heighten the dramatic effect of the stage choreography. What appeals most might be the different styles of facial make-up, which is one of the highlights and requires distinctive techniques of painting. Exaggerated designs are painted on each performer’s face to symbolize a character’s personality, role, and fate.
This technique may have originated from ancient religions and dance. Audiences who are familiar with opera can know the story by observing the facial painting as well as the costumes. Generally, a red face represents loyalty and bravery; a black face, valor; yellow and white faces, duplicity; and golden and silver faces, mystery.
Mark your calendars for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Taizhou Luantan Opera Company will perform during the FAME Festival at the Grand Wayne Center on Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
They will give a public performance on Sunday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre hosted by Fort Wayne Sister Cities International and Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends. For tickets to this performance, call (260) 424-5665 or visit the Embassy Theatre website.
Special this year, in-school performances will be hosted by local high schools. See the registration page for details. Fill in the form to reserve your place at the in-school presentations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your students. Sign ups open on December 1!