The beauty of Chinese traditional opera is
that it is an integrated art form consisting of practical
elements such as dance, music, singing, acting, stage fighting,
martial arts, acrobatics, face painting and costume design.
The goal of the ICBO Training School is to thoroughly train
students in all these individual elements and thereby provide
the future artists that can carry on this magnificent form.
Master Zhang Ming Lu oversees the training of the young
students who will carry on this tradition. At the age of
82 Master Zhang is the oldest surviving member of the original
Beijing Opera School, Ming Chun Shi.
At the same time, ICBO brings an innovative
approach to the training by widening the scope of the young
Beijing Opera artists by introducing them to other cultures
and languages, thus giving them the understanding and communication
skills necessary to bring their ancient art form into the
modern era. It will be the responsibility of these young
artists to preserve the old plays and create new productions
that capture the hearts of modern audiences. In addition,
the introductory courses and short-term training opportunities
for non-Chinese students contributes to international awareness
and understanding of Beijing Opera.
Teaching is done in both Chinese and English
languages. The school will offer a full four-year program
for full-time students. Students enrolled on the long-term
program live on campus. Short-term students can choose courses
in various elements, depending on their interest.
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