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Shanghai Peking Opera Immersion Program
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Program Type: Study Abroad (summer) Language of Instruction: Chinese
Language Prerequisite: Yes Program Features: Academic Study, Intensive Language, Music Performance, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students, 4th year u/g students, Grad Student--Master's, Grad Student--PhD Housing options: Hostel/Hotel
Duration of Program: Less than 4 weeks
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Shanghai Peking Opera Immersion Program

Aug. 20-Sept. 7, 2018

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The Shanghai Peking Opera Immersion Program will run as a pilot project in summer, 2018. The program provides an unprecedented opportunity for Princeton students to engage in an intensive period of study and training in Chinese theater. It offers 3 weeks of intensive study and performance of the Northern style of Chinese drama (called “Peking Opera”) at the Shanghai Peking Opera Company (SPOC), based in Shanghai. The timing of the program allows students participating in other Princeton study programs (Princeton-in-Beijing or Global Seminars) to append a hands-on period of immersion to their academic study. Instruction will mostly be in the medium of Chinese (Mandarin), with some English assistance provided for students with less advanced Chinese language skills. The minimum requirement for admission is two years of college-level instruction in Chinese; heritage learners with equivalent abilities are also eligible. The program will award certificates, but no Princeton credit will be given. Financial aid will be provided to eligible students by Princeton University and SPOC.
Shanghai Peking Opera Company (also known as Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company, 1198 Tianyaoqiao Rd., Shanghai, China) is a government-sponsored cultural enterprise established in 1955, with Peking Opera master Xinfang ZHOU as the first principal. This theater company enjoys a stellar reputation throughout China. Immersed in the southern city of Shanghai, SPOC has developed its own style of propagating Peking Opera culture. Shanghai Peking Opera Company is now partnering with Princeton University to provide intensive training in Peking Opera skills and an experience of traditional Chinese culture to a select group of Princeton students.

Classes run for three weeks, from Aug. 20-Sept. 7, 2018. Classes usually meet for 6 hours per day, 5 days per week, with some additional time on weekends and evenings for observing performances. The curriculum is divided into 3 sections.

Section 1: Introduction to Peking Opera, 15 hours. Senior scholars use text and images to introduce the history, basic features, and aesthetics of Peking Opera.
Section 2: Taste of Peking Opera, 65 hours. Following their interests, students are divided into four groups pursuing specialized study of Song, Speech, Dance, and Combat/Acrobatics. At the end, each group presents a 10-minute final performance. 
Section 3: Live Observation, 10 hours. During the weekends, students will attend special performances of the Shanghai Peking Opera Theater, including behind-the-scenes and post-performance meetings with performers.

At Princeton. Following the program, upon return to Princeton in the fall, students will participate in a forum on Chinese Opera presented by the Music Department in which they will have an opportunity to share the results of their study.
Teachers are nationally-certified Peking Opera performers. Normally, instruction and discussion will take place in Chinese (Mandarin). In addition, a bilingual member of the teaching staff will also be in attendance to assist with interpretation. 

Costs outside of Shanghai depend on individual travel plans; within Shanghai they will be more uniform:
Tuition, fees, etc. ($1,000, waived by SPOC fellowship): $0
Round-trip transportation, USA-Shanghai: $1,750-2,000
Room in Shanghai, 8/17-9/8/2018 ($1,000, provided by SPOC fellowship). Breakfast included: $0
Meals (lunch and dinner) in Shanghai: $600
Total $2,350-2,600
Financial Support
Shanghai Peking Opera Company (SPOC) is providing fellowship support for tuition, fees, lodging, and breakfast. To cover the additional expenses for transportation to and from Shanghai and most lunches and dinners (totaling $2,350-2,600), funding will be provided by Princeton University to students accepted into the program. Awards will be administered through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).

Students will be housed double-occupancy at Ji Hotel (1881 Tianyaoqiao Road, Shanghai), a three-star business hotel located across the street from the teaching space of the Shanghai Peking Opera Company. Numerous restaurants and cafes are within walking distance for meals. 


Students should plan to arrive in Shanghai by the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
SPOC will provide transportation from Shanghai airports to the hotel and sponsor a welcoming dinner.
At the end of the program, there will also be a concluding banquet on Friday, Sept. 7, and SPOC will provide transportation to Shanghai airports on Sept. 8. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Jenny Chao-hui Liu, Coordinator of the Shanghai Peking Opera Immersion Program (

Sponsoring programs include:
Program in East Asian Studies, Office of the Provost, Princeton-in-Beijing, Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, Department of East Asian Studies, and Department of Music.

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Summer 2019 04/01/2019 04/15/2019 TBA TBA
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