Peking Opera in Milan to boost China-West relations, says theater head

08:41, June 17, 2010      

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Theater can help improve China-West relations better than many institutional meetings, the director of Milan's Piccolo Theater, Sergio Escobar, told Xinhua in an interview on Wednesday.

One of the most prestigious theaters in the world, the Piccolo is staging from Tuesday to Sunday the Chinese Peking Opera classic "Water Margin," performed by some 30 students of the Beijing Vocational Institute of Local Opera and Arts School and co- produced at a European level, attracting over 5,000 spectators of all ages and professions.

Speaking after an enthusiastic audience applauded the play on the opening night Tuesday, Escobar told Xinhua that theater has the fundamental capacity and duty to perceive, sooner than economics and politics can do, the possible relations at various levels between two very different cultures.

"Common citizens spontaneously began to get closer to China developing curiosity and growing attraction towards its traditional theater, even before the starting of commercial and political exchanges on institutional level," observed the theater head.

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