Arts in Education
Bravia recognizes a commitment to society and supports organizations dedicated to the arts. In addition to sponsorships of industry events, Bravia recognizes a commitment to society and supports organizations dedicated to arts in education and entertainment—primarily in theater.
Sadir Theater Festival
Bravia sponsors an annual 3-day festival: “The Sadir Theater Festival” (www.sadirfestival.org) in Goa, India where the Festival showcases both traditional and current Indian Theater from around India, complete with educational lectures and symposiums on subjects such as bridging the sociological, communal, family, religious, national and cultural borders. Bravia also believes that in our increasingly connected world, bridging gaps by exposing cultures to each other via the arts venue enhances overall human relationships.
China Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre
In December 2014, Bravia showcased the premier of the Northern Kunqu opera in Mumbai and Delhi. Bravia partnered with FICCI, The Delhi Gymkhana Club, Asia Society, Gateway House, India China Economic and Cultural Council and Destinations Unplugged.
Founded in 1957, the Beijing-based China Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre specialises in the northern style of Kun opera, researching and preserving traditional classics such as The Peony Pavilion, Romance of the Western Chamber, The Palace of Eternal Youth and Peach Blossom Fan. Kunqu is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera and dominated the country’s cultural landscape from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Known as the “mother” of a hundred opera forms (including Peking opera), Kunqu was recognized as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.
To date, the China Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre has received 24 national awards for new productions and more than 75 awards for the company’s individual artists, among them numerous Meihua (Plum Blossom) awards, the highest recognition for Chinese traditional opera, as well as Baiyulan (Magnolia) awards, honouring all forms of theatrical arts. In the past few years, the China Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre received critical acclaim in its appearances at the Holland Festival (2011), Kennedy Center (2011) and the Sydney Opera House as guest artists at the Sydney Festival (2013). The group has also toured extensively in Japan, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Italy and Denmark, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Peony Pavilion is a play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and first performed in 1598 at the Pavilion of Prince Teng. One of Tang’s “Four Dreams”, it has traditionally been performed as a Kunqu opera.
The performance tradition has focused on the love story between Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei,
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