A Voyage of Exploration into Blending Cultures: Peking Opera Meets Contemporary Dance

Halton Hills Public Library and Cultural Centre

Halton Hills, ON

Digital Dance Digital & new media History & heritage Intercultural Theatre

Canadians are proud of our multiculturalism. What happens when art from the east and the west meet? By sharing a pioneer crossover-integration artist's experience through video presentation and discussion, we will have some idea. Peking opera, known as the quintessence of Chinese theater art, has 200 years of history. Jirong Qiu, a young artist who was born in a Peking Opera family, began to learn Peking Opera at the age of nine, as the fourth generation heir of the Peking Opera Qiu school. Many years of a career in Peking opera gave him the highest traditional artistic skill, but when he was thirteen years old, a chance encounter with Michael Jackson's music videos led him to contemporary dance. Two different kinds of art co-existed wonderfully in him, which gradually merged and formed a brand-new art form. Many young people started to become interested in traditional art after they enjoyed his performances. Jirong Qiu's artistic practice inspires us. Diversity is Canada's strength, and we appreciate a variety of cultures with each other, nurturing their intersection into new cultures. These new cultures further enrich our diversity and become the icon of Canada, which belongs to all Canadians. Please join us over Zoom on September 24th and October 2nd for the full video and discussion, and come explore a path of cultural infusion!

Fri 24 Sep
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sat 02 Oct
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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Learn more about Peking opera!

Other performances by Jirong Qiu!

This event is free.

  • Photos courtesy of the Halton Hills Chinese Association. Photos courtesy of the Halton Hills Chinese Association.
  • Photos courtesy of the Halton Hills Chinese Association. Photos courtesy of the Halton Hills Chinese Association.

Organized by

Halton Hills Chinese Association

The Halton Hills Chinese Association is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote multiculturalism and to help new Chinese immigrants build a wonderful community in Halton Hills.


9 Church Street

Halton Hills, ON

Event Contact

Isabella Liu



Mandarin, English


This event offers closed captioning or subtitles.