College Station, TX – On Friday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University will bring the Yunnan Performing Arts Group to the Rudder Auditorium stage, in an event co-hosted by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. Celebrating the friendship between China and the U.S., the performance also helps to usher in the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on February 3 this year. The Yunnan group will be accompanied by a high level delegation that includes Consul General Madame Gao, Mr. Yan Guohua, Consul for Education, Mr. Yao Weike, Consul for Science & Technology, Ms. Cai Lian, Consul for Culture, Mr. Wang Peijun, Consul for Media and Mr. Wang Dong, Consul for Culture.
The Yunnan Performing Arts Group consists of singers, dancers, musicians, magicians and acrobats from a number of celebrated professional arts groups, including the Wenshan Prefecture Traditional Song and dance Troupe, Yunnan Huadeng Opera Theater, Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe, China Opera Company and China National Song and Dance Ensemble. Among the performers are Ling Tong and Wang Rui, Bronze medalists at the China National Acrobatic Competition in 2008, Wan Shanhong, winner of the 1988 Plum Blossom Award, Sun Jian, 2004 winner of the Plum Blossom Award and Amy Cui, winner of the Presidential award of France.
Yunnan Province is well known for its ethnic diversity and has the highest number of ethnic groups among all provinces and autonomous regions in China; roughly thirty-eight percent of the province’s population is members of minority groups. Compelling Yunnan gives the audience a glimpse in to the rich Yunnan culture, uniquely combining elements of traditional beauty, bold and uninhibited ethnic minority dance, passion, and acrobatic strength and agility.
Texas A&M highly values its relationship with the People’s Republic of China and continually seeks to strengthen educational, cultural and research partnerships with its colleagues there. Exchanges and cooperation between China and the State of Texas have increased steadily in the last few years and China is now the 3rd largest trade partner of Texas.
Tickets are available online at the MSC Box Office http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/ (first floor lobby of Rudder Tower), by phone (979) 845-1234 and at the door. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for Texas A&M students, staff and children (12 and under).