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A Special Exhibition at the University of Hawaii Commons Gallery

The Art and Life of Mei Lanfang

The Jiangsu Province Department of Culture, in conjunction with UHM Kennedy Theatre’s Jingju (Beijing opera) production of The White Snake, presents The Art and Life of Mei Lanfang at the Commons Gallery, UH Mānoa Art Building, Feb. 5 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Feb. 8 through 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Experience the beauty and artistry of China’s most renowned Jingju actor in this exhibition. Mei Lanfang is recognized as the first to introduce Jingju to America. His most famous roles were those of female characters and his skillful portrayal of women won him international acclaim. The exhibit will be comprised of historical photographs, stunning ornaments, costumes and weaponry from some of his best-known performances, as well as displays of a variety of media from Mei Lanfang’s 50-year stage career.

Exhibition Period

Friday, Feb. 5, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m
Sunday, February 7, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
February 8 – 12, 10:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Commons Gallery, Art Building, UHM


Sponsored by The Jiangsu Province Department of Culture; the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance; Department of Art and Art History; the College of Arts and Humanities; and Mānoa Arts & Minds, a partnership that cultivates the mind and spotlights the best of art, music, theater, dance and special performances at UH Mānoa.

Kennedy Theatre Performance:

"The White Snake"
Feb 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.
Feb 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

This well known Jingju (Beijing opera) in its English language world premiere enacts the famous legend of the snake spirit who descends to earth as a beautiful woman. Guest artists from China have been in residence since August training UH student performers.

Adapted and taught by Lu Genzhang, Zhang Ling, and Zhang Xigui
Translation by Director Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and Hui-Mei Chang