The Zhejiang Butterfly Performing Troupe
The troupe is made up of 11 musicians, 7 dancers, 2 acrobats and 1 *Kun Opera actress, who are the principle performers of Zhejiang Provincial Singing and Dancing Theater. In Valpo, they will present programs featuring traditional Chinese instrumental and vocal music, folk dance, acrobatics and excerpts from one of the most famous Chinese classic operas, The Peony Pavilion. All the artists have toured extensively in and outside China and performed at many world class venues such as the Golden Hall of Vienne Opera House.
Zhejiang is a province located to the south of Shanghai and is one of the most prosperous provinces of China. It became Indiana’s sister province in 1989 and is now an important trading partner of Indiana. As artistic ambassadors from Zhejiang to Indiana, the Butterfly Performing Troupe will not only bring beautiful Chinese music and dance, but also further strengthen the flourishing cultural and economical ties between the sister province and state.
*Kun Opera is a local opera from Zhejiang Province, which is the predecessor of Beijing Opera and acknowledged by UN as Human Cultural Heritage.