Joseph Lam, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan and professor of musicology at the University of Michigan, will discuss “Music and Eroticism in Kunqu” from 4:40-5:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in AA-G019. Traditional kunqu performs many Chinese love stories, and some performances include kinetic, musical, verbal, and visual gestures designed to titillate the audience. The kunqu is always aesthetically and virtuosically presented. To promote kunqu appreciation and to reveal its eroticism, this presentation analyzes the erotic acting, singing, and speaking in three masterpieces: “Qintiao/Flirting with Qin Music Playing”; “Sifan/Yearning for the Secular World”; and the “Huozhou/Caught Alive by a Deceased Lover.”
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