This portfolio lists the work of Kathy and her opera students after the closure of The London Jing Kun Opera Association in April 2014. It is a continuation of Kathy’s work in the development and practice of Jingju and Kunqu opera in the UK.
Performances and teaching by Kathy from 2014:
- UoL Goldsmiths College MA World Theatres Contexts and Practices invited Kathy Hall to give a 3-hour lecture-demonstration and workshop on Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera theatre forms on 3rd November 2021.
- SOAS, University of London “Freshers Introduction to Chinese Music and Chinese Opera’, 1st October. Chinese Music percussionist Ying Wan and Chinese Opera practitioner Kathy Hall hosted lecture-demonstrations and mini workshops in turn.
- The Suzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism executing through PHG Consulting presented ‘The City of Culture & Arts -Suzhou Kunqu Opera Educational Showcase in London‘, a travel industry trade event, on 29th September at the Garden Museum, Lambeth, featuring Kathy Hall in an excerpt from the scene, ‘In Pursuit of the Dream’, from ‘The Peony Pavilion’, with accompanying musicians Xiao Wang, Ying Wan and Zhenyan Li.
- Kathy contributed demonstrations of Kunqu Opera Dan Folding Fan and Watersleeves movements with explanations at a fund-raising Afternoon Tea event at William Morris House, Wimbledon, organised by the Wimbledon Constituency Labour Party, 28th August.
- Spring Course hosted by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society
Kunqu performance course (acting and singing of the 2 roles of Du Liniang and her maid Chunxiang) from The Stroll in the Garden 《牡丹亭 -游园》Zaoluopao tune-title皂罗袍曲牌, Feb-Mar 2020.
- 2020 Chinese New Year Celebrations at Maidstone, Kent, Saturday Jan 25th,
London Chinese Opera Studio presented Tom Stell in Peking Opera excerpt,
The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated. This event was supported by the Maidstone Cultural Group.
- December 7th Kunqu Course classroom recital/performance free-to-the-public at SOAS Main Building, 4-6pm, with special performance of Chinese and Peruvian puppets by Mr Jose Navarro, renowned puppeteer.
- China National Peking Opera Co 中国国家京剧院 performances of Gala evening of nine excerpts on Nov 27th and The Warrior Women of Yang on Nov 28th at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, with English surtitles translated by Kathy Hall. The Gala was hosted by Kathy in English with explanations to enhance audience appreciation. This was produced by Sinolink Productions, London.
- China National Peking Opera Co 中国国家京剧院gave a performance of four excerpts with a workshop at the Oxford High School for Girls in Oxford for six primary and secondary schools on Nov 26th, with English surtitles translated by Kathy Hall. It was hosted by Kathy in English with explanations to enhance audience appreciation. This event was organised by the Oxford Brookes University Confucius Institute, and produced by Sinolink Productions.
- Kathy performed In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion on November 18 at The Fan Museum. This is the first time that the Museum has hosted a Kunqu Opera performance and it is the first museum dedicated to the fan in the world.
- Kathy’s opera teaching and her student, Tom Stell’s learning and performance, received wide public recognition in an award-winning video by Yi Shucen, MA media graduate of the University of Sussex at the awards ceremony in Beijing on 25th September 2019. The short video titled, ‘I Teach Chinese Opera in the UK – Links to China’ was among 15 winners of the Third Prize, in The People’s Daily ‘My China’-themed Global Short-video Contest. It attracted 430,000 entries from over 60 countries.
- Kunqu Opera course- excerpts from In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, presented by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society at SOAS, Sept-Nov 2019
- Kunqu Opera Folding Fan 戏曲折扇 Movements for beginners and improvers Presented by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society at SOAS, Aug 3- Sept 7, 2019
- June 8-July 27 Chinese Opera (Jingju singing and Kunqu hand movement) Dan Role Course, presented by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, at SOAS
- External Vocal Tutor to H Meades for the module, Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology), as part of the MA/M Mus degree in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, February-May 2019. The course contents designed by Kathy covered singing and movements from Southern and Northern Song excerpts from Kunqu operas The Peony Pavilion and Escorting Jingniang for One Thousand Miles.
- 6 April-4 May -Kunqu Opera Basic Hand and Body Movements Course, presented by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society at SOAS.
- February -March 4 Saturdays Kunqu course at SOAS, presented by the SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society – short excerpt from the Beiqu 北曲(Northern song/tune) repertoire, Escorting Jingniang for 1000 miles 《千里送京娘》, tune/qupai 《赏花时》(shanghuashi) sung by the dan旦, with the accompanying horsewhip 马鞭 in lyrical movements.
- SOAS Chinese New Year Celebration Concert 2019, 8th February, 2019, organised by SOAS Chinese Department, Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS WC1H 0XG. London Chinese Opera Studio presented Thomas Stell at the above concert in the Peking Opera excerpt from The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated (The Hundred Flowers Pavilion) 〈贵妃醉酒〉- 百花亭选段.
- Kunqu opera Dan singing and acting course from In Pursuit of the Dream- Jiaqingzi qupai from The Peony Pavilion, 5 lessons, hosted by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, Oct-Dec.
- Kathy was invited to perform a 15-minute excerpt from In Pursuit of the Dream (‘Xunmeng’) from The Peony Pavilion on 20 November 2018 for the Cambridge Rivers Project, ‘More than Music: Collecting Kun Opera’, at the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum, Cambridge. The project will collect, document, research and exhibit collection of Chinese Kun Opera that are in organisations worldwide, and promote Kun Opera as a contemporary living art form.
- Understanding Peking Opera Workshop, and Performance, presented by Sinolink Productions with the highly acclaimed China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC)
The hour-long workshop looked in detail at many aspects of Peking Opera, music, singing, costume, face-painting, role types, dance movements and martial arts. Attending the workshop was renowned Peking Opera star, Li Shengsu. It was facilitated by Mrs Kathy Hall.
(1) Oxford University Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2
(2) British Library: Knowledge Centre Theatre, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Date: 13/10/2018 and 14/10/2018
- Free admissions to course-end opera students’ performance of Kunqu opera and Peking opera at SOAS, London WC1H 0XG, on 6 October 2018, 4.15pm-6pm. This event included a demonstration by the instructor, Mrs Kathy Hall, and also a free workshop for the audience.
- Kunqu opera Dan singing and acting course from The Intimate Feast from The Palace of Eternal Life, 5 lessons and 1 classroom show, hosted by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society (SOAS, London WC1H 0XG) Saturdays 2pm-4pm, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and class show on Oct 6 4pm-6pm (tbc). Course fees: £65, £45(UoL students), £50 (other students).
- Kathy performed both Kunqu Opera from The Intimate Feast from The Palace of Eternal Life and Peking Opera The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated on 26/9/2018 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Confucius Institute 10th Anniversary Celebrations in Preston.
- Kunqu opera singing course from Stirring Thoughts from the Zither from The Jade Hairpin, Saturdays June 9, 16 and 23, hosted by SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, London WC1H 0XG.
- Jingju opera excerpt performance, The Hundred Flowers Pavilion from The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated, by Thomas Stell, presented by Kathy Hall, Saturday May 19, 3.30pm, WenLin Chinese School, Chestnut Grove Academy, London SW12 8JZ, Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018.
- Chinese Opera Movements 20-minute Workshops for all, Sunday May 6, 1pm-3pm, WenLin Chinese School at Chestnut Grove Academy, London SW12 8JZ, Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe 2018.
- Kunqu opera Dan course from In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, April.
- Kunqu opera course on Dan basic skills, watersleeves and fan movement set, Jan-Feb.
- ‘Cloud Duster’ movement demonstration, University of London (UoL) SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society course-end performance, SOAS, Feb.
- Storytelling and Chinese Opera Talk and Demonstration, Chinese Festival, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Feb
- Kunqu opera course on Dan basic skills, singing and acting from The Peony Pavilion: In Pursuit of the Dream (Beginners) and The Stroll in the Garden (Intermediate), Oct-Nov
- Chinese Opera make-up workshop for Dan, Wimbledon, Sept
- Kunqu opera course on Dan basic skills, singing and movements from The Peony Pavilion, June-July
- Kunqu Opera Performance Workshop: Sheng and Dan basic skills and singing, taught by Kim Hunter Gordon and Kathy Hall, one-off and free to the public, University of London Chinese Opera Network, Senate House, April
- Kunqu opera singing and movement course- excerpt from The Startling Dream from The Peony Pavilion, Feb-Mar
- Opera workshop, Music Department, UoL Royal Holloway College, Feb
- Interview of Kathy in Chinese, BBC Chinaweb magazine, 22 Sept, www.bbc.com/zhongwen/, The Jingju Aficionados and Her British Opera Pupils
- Jingju opera scene The Broken Bridge from The Story of the White Snake –singing and movement course, Oct-Dec
- Chinese opera workshop, Barnet Chinese Association, Barnet Community Centre, Dec
- Kunqu opera course with Chen Rui, professional actor from Jiangsu Province Kunju Opera Company, UoL SOAS World Music Summer School, supported by the SOAS China Institute, July
- The London Book Fair –The Startling Dream from The Peony Pavilion, with Kevin Zhang, April
- The British Museum –In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, The Art of China: opera, orchestra and tea, Feb
- The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, with student, Thomas Stell, Opening Ceremony of House of Phoenix, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Sept
- Jingju opera The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated singing and movement course, Feb- April
- Chinese Opera make-up workshop for Dan, Wimbledon, Oct
- Kunqu opera Dan singing and movement course, Oct-Nov
- The British Museum –In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, in conjunction with the exhibition, Ming: the 50 Years that Changed China, Nov
- Mei Lanfang 120th Anniversary Celebration –A Symposium to mark 120 years since the birth of one of China’s most celebrated Jingju (‘Peking Opera’) actors Mei Lanfang, presented by Music Department, SOAS, Royal Holloway China Humanities Research Centre, and SOAS China Institute
- Jingju course, The Cosmic Blade , SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, April-May
Performances by Kathy’s opera students from 2014:
- A classroom performance by course participants, free and open to the public, is held at the end of every course taught by Kathy under the auspices of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society. These events often end with a short, free workshop for audience participation.
- Jiangershui from In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, course-end class performance, SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, May
- Jiawei Li –The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated, presented by Golden Rock Company, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, March
- Fan and Watersleeves course-end class performance, SOAS Jing-Kun Chinese Opera Society, Feb
- Josephine Liang and Jiawei Li, The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, Islington Chinese Association Chinese New Year Celebrations, Feb
- Thomas Stell and Jiawei Li –The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, Cambridge Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Corn Exchange, Cambridge, Feb
- Anlan Chen and Jiawei Li, The Startling Dream from The Peony Pavilion, StepOut Arts, National Maritime Museum Chinese New Year Celebrations, London, Feb
- Thomas Stell, BBC Chinese Facebook interview, Oct
- Anlan Chen and Jiawei Li, The Startling Dream from The Peony Pavilion, Maidstone Chinese New Year Celebrations, Feb
- Jiawei Li –costumed as the ‘Imperial Concubine’ for a commercial advertisement shoot with Jingju movements, March
- Anlan Chen and Jiawei Li, The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion; Thomas Stell, The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated, Opening of Wenlin Chinese School, April
- Make-up session for UCL post-graduate student project, with Anlan Chen and Jiawei Li, based on The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, Nov
- Performance for UK-Chinese Opera Association memorial event for Mr Mei Baojiu, May
- Jiawei Li and Thomas Stell, Wenlin Chinese School and Mothers Bridge of Love Chinese New Year Celebrations, V&A, March
- Jiawei Li, The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, Chinese New Year Celebrations, Basingstoke, June
- Thomas Stell, The Stroll in the Garden from The Peony Pavilion, Opening Ceremony of House of Phoenix, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Sept
- Jiawei Li, In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, Basingstoke, June
- Thomas Stell, Jingju demonstration, The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated, Wimbledon Guild, May
- Jiawei Li –The Imperial Concubine Intoxicated, Maidstone Chinese New Year Celebrations, Jan
- Jiawei Li- In Pursuit of the Dream from The Peony Pavilion, Maidstone Chinese New Year Celebrations, Feb