Huang Dou Dou, the artistic director of the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, made his choreographic debut in 1998 with a work titled Spirit of Martial Arts, and in 2001 he choreographed Chinese Go-based on the ancient chess game-for the Vail International Dance Festival. In the past years, Huang has worked closely with composer Tan Dun in experimental works and installation art. Dubbed the "the Baryshnikov of China," Huang's solo dance performance was broadcast worldwide during the closing ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Zhang Jun is a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Born in Shanghai in 1974, Zhang started learning Kunqu at the age of 12. Since 1994, he has been one of China's most acclaimed Kunqu actors, performing many leading roles in famous Kunqu plays such as Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Youth and The Jade Hairpin. Zhang has won the "Meihua (Plum Flower) Award," China's top performing award, as well as many acting prizes and honorable titles, including one of the "Shanghai Ten Outstanding Young Persons" in 2004, "China National Young Cultural Elites" in 2006, and one of China's Best Ten Kunqu Opera Performers in 2007. Zhang has also played the leading role in Tan Dun's opera Marco Polo, which was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.
Founded in September 2009, the Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center is a non-profit organization which is also the first privately owned professional Kunqu opera company in China. For more information, visit www.zhangjunonline.com.
High-Definition Transmission of the performance in The Astor Court
TONIGHT, November 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:30 and Sunday noon-5:00. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.