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Harmony in Strings: Shanghai Pingtan Extravaganza

评弹迎新春: 纽约江南梦

February 3, 2024
2:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Location: 40 Rector St, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10006

Pingtan, known as “评弹” in Chinese, is an age-old performing art originating in southern China. It seamlessly weaves together storytelling, melodic singing, and humor to vividly depict an array of characters and narratives. Infused with a mix of cleverness and charisma, Pingtan artists utilize distinctive tones, voices, and expressions to captivate the audience, delivering both entertainment and insightful commentary on societal themes. This unique folk art offers a delightful and educational experience, proudly showcasing China’s rich cultural heritage.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Chinese culture this Lunar New Year season with a spectacular pingtan performance, hosted by the Renwen Society at China Institute in collaboration with various Chinese community organizations in New York City. Presented by ten exceptional artists from the prestigious Shanghai Pingtan Troupe, “Harmony in Strings” assures an enchanting afternoon filled with traditional storytelling, melodious singing, and humorous narratives.

As the strings resonate, these skilled performers will transport you to a world where ancient tales come to life through their unique blend of wit and artistry. Join us for a captivating celebration of tradition and talent, as we welcome the Lunar New Year with the vibrant energy of Shanghai’s illustrious Pingtan tradition.

Free, but advance registration is requested.

评弹又称苏州评弹、说书或南词,是苏州评话和弹词的总称,是一门古老、优美的传统说唱艺术。 评话通常一人登台开讲,内容多为金戈铁马的历史演义和叱咤风云的侠义豪杰。弹词一般两人说唱,上手持三弦,下手抱琵琶,自弹自唱,内容多为儿女情长的传奇小说和民间故事。评话和弹词均以说表细腻见长,吴侬软语娓娓动听;演出中常穿插一些笑料,妙趣横生。弹词用吴音演唱,抑扬顿挫,轻清柔缓,弦琶琮铮,十分悦耳。经过历代艺人的创造发展,曲调流派纷呈,风格各异。近40多年来,评弹从内容到形式推陈出新,传统书目得到整理提高,反映现实生活的新编书目陆续涌现,中篇和短篇等新的演出形式日臻完善。





China Institute’s cultural programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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