On Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., the University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China (UESTC) Student Art Troupe will perform at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre, an event sponsored by the William & Mary Confucius Institute. The performance will help promote understanding of Chinese cultural traditions at William & Mary and in the community, and celebrate the first visit to the College of William & Mary by UESTC President Wang Jinsong, along with a distinguished delegation of university leaders.
The University Student Arts and Cultural Exchange Performance will include vocal, instrumental and dance performances from a number of different minority cultural traditions in China. Mini-musicals of In a Faraway Place, Bamboos in the Moonlight and Descendants of the Dragon will represent Han, Uygur and Yi traditions. An excerpt of The Butterfly Lovers, of the Han tradition, will feature a violin solo and pas de deux. A tap dance will highlight the American dance tradition.
“This visit from the Student Art Troupe is another wonderful indication of the close partnership now established between William & Mary and UESTC,” said Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Reves Center for International Studies. “It’s particularly gratifying to see how this partnership is benefiting such a wide range of disciplines, from math and physics to the humanities.”
Established in 2003, the UESTC Student Art Troupe is composed of eight groups: philharmonic orchestra, chorus, dancing league, drama club, traditional instruments orchestra, electronic band, fine art club and visual design studio. Over 260 UESTC students are involved in the Art Troupe, and the group has received numerous national and provincial prizes in China. Its performances have been broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) and other media.
Further information on the UESTC University Student Arts and Cultural Exchange Performance may be obtained from the William & Mary Confucius Institute.