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Past Spring 2017 Performances

chinese new year performanceChinese New Year
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00–6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Theatre Lobby, Main Lobby

Join us in saying goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and welcoming the Year of the Rooster at the Wang Center’s signature Lunar New Year Festival. The highlights of the festivities are the annual Chinese New Year performance and family reunion dinner offered by the Confucius Institute. The performance includes a must-see magic show, Chinese dance, Chinese folk songs, and Peking opera. The celebration also offers traditional Lunar New Year craft activities from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy our cultural offerings and stay for our grand finale dinner.

Luanr New Year Family Activities 2:00-4:00 PM Theatre Lobby
Chinese New Year Performances 3:00–5:00 PM Theatre
Dinner 5:00–6:00 PM Main Lobby

Co-presented with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.

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Lunar New Year: The Year of Rooster
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Lobby


they call me q performanceThey Call Me Q
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx who seeks a balance between cultural pressures and the desire for acceptance into American culture. Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and Indian and African-American friends. Laden with heart and humor, They Call Me Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.


taiko drum performanceTaiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
Performed by Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

One of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan will perform thundering taiko drumming rhythms accompanied by traditional Japanese dance, with nearly 30 drummers and dancers taking the stage. Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group has been touring the world since 1961, visiting Mexico, England, Greece, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Indonesia, Africa, and the United States. This is their 12th Annual East Coast Tour, which takes them from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia and New York. Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group recently won third place in a competition against 450 other groups at the Tokyo International Taiko contest.



Presented with the support of the Japan Center at SBU.



Past Performances | Fall 2016

peking opera performanceChinese Peking Opera and Magic Show
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:00–7:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

To celebrate Global Confucius Day, the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University will present a Peking opera. Peking opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre that combines music, vocal performance, dance, and magic tricks. It was extremely popular in the court of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and has come to be regarded as a Chinese cultural treasure. With its elaborate and colorful costumes, the repertoire of Peking opera includes over 1,400 works, many of which are based on Chinese history, folklore, and, increasingly, contemporary life.

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Chinese Peking Opera Dress-Up
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Lobby


taiko drum performanceJataka: Four Fables of the Lives of the Buddha in Shadow Puppetry
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

French puppet masters Caroline Borderies and Maud Aptekar bring another fantastic show to the Wang Center. Using their shadow puppets, they interpret classical Buddhist Jataka tales with their own distinctive French flair. Narrated by an elephant, a parrot, and a golden peacock, the Jataka tales are stories of the Buddha’s past lives. The show will offer simple yet powerful lessons in living with honesty, wisdom, and compassion that are sure to touch the hearts and minds of the young and older audiences alike.


Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet Making
Saturday, October 8 at 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Lobby




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