I.On January 7- 9, the Theater completed the "Volunteer Activities for the Country People" condolences performance in 2014 and organized the launching ceremony of "Volunteer Activities for the Country People" event for four consecutive years. In this year, our performing group consisting of hundreds of people performed 9 shows in Dingzhou, Xingtang, Anguo and other places in Hebei Province.
II.On January 24, Azerbaijan artists held Sino-Azerbaijan Friendship Concert jointly with us.
III.On January 31 - February 16, 16 people from our Theater went to the UK, France and Romania to perform large-scale overseas shows with "Festival of Spring Troupe" of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, being widely praised wherever they performed.
IV.On February 24, the dance drama troupe performed the dance drama Confucius at National Theater with audiences including Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council, Cai Wu, Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Yuan Guiren, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Dong Wei and Ding Wei, Deputy Ministers of the Ministry of Culture, Xie Hangsheng, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other leaders. Liu Yandong highly praised the performance after it is concluded.
V.To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Jiao Yulu, the opera troupe performed five sessions of musical play Jiao Yulu for NPC& CPPCC deputies and delegates between March 7 and March 11, being unanimously praised by Yan Su, Li Xuejian and other industry experts and precursors.
VI.As a representative work of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater, the dance drama Confucius participated into the event "High Art into Campuses" between March 23 and April 1 to perform for teachers and students of 8 universities and colleges in Hangzhou and Shanghai.
VII. Secretary Wei Yinjiu held the "Mobilization Meeting of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater to Learn the Spirit of Speeches of General Secretary Xi Jinping" for braches and cadres of division level.
VIII.The Cooperation Program between China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and Tibet Autonomous Region Song and Dance Troupe for the Large-scale Original Ethnic Opera and Dance Drama was completed. In order to implement the spirit of literary and artistic creation focusing on the theme of "Chinese Dream" carried out by five departments including Chinese Central Publicity Department, Tibet Autonomous Region Song and Dance Troupe and China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater intended to jointly create a large-scale ethnic opera and dance drama Daughter of Sun mainly based on realistic theme in 2014 with high attention and effective guidance from the Ministry of Culture, CPC Committee, government, Department of Publicity and Department of Culture of Tibet Autonomous Region. In early April, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater assigned professionals in dance, vocal music, piano accompaniment and others to Tibet and trained the performers of Tibet Autonomous Region Song and Dance Troupe for ten days. In mid-April, the production team of song and dance drama went to Tibet and collect folk songs for the establishment of its theme. We strived to deliver quality drama for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region and an iconic and works.
IX.The dance Drama Confucius was performed at the opening ceremony of Shandong Provincial Theater Art Festival and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Confucius Foundation on May 1.
X.On May 13, Tao Cheng was appointed as the President of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater. As proposed by the Party group and discussed by Working Conference of the Theatre, Lin Wenzeng was appointed to be Art Advisor of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater.
XI.On May 29, the Theater and Hohhot People's Government jointly signed the Agreement on China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater’s Assisting the Ethnic Performing Troupe belonging to Hohhot People's Government. The agreement indicates that both parties have established long-term and close assistance relationship in the basic principles of "advantages complementing, resources sharing, mutual benefit and common development".
XII.In order to coordinate with the mass-line educational practice of CPC, spread positive energy in the form of art and encourage contemporary people, the musical play Jiao Yulu started to be performed across the country since May 9. Jiao Yulu has been performed in Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Anyang, Shangqiu and Sanmenxia, Henan Province and Shanghai and won warm welcome from the public in the place of performance.
XIII.On June 5, at the time when the whole country was studying to implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's speeches and important indicative spirit on youth and youth works, a dozen young artists from China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater carried out the cultural youth grassroots practice activity with the theme "Taking Root in Grassroots, Concerning People's Livelihood" in Yangfang, Changping District.
XIV.On June 26, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater participated into the event of "Great Affection" again and over 120 outstanding performers gave a song and dance show Carnival all the Way to the people in Weinan City.
XV.Entrusted by the Bureau of External Relations of Ministry of Culture, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater participated in the Fifth Azerbaijan Silk Road International Music Festival as the only Chinese delegation. The President of "Silk Road" International Music Festival Committee presented China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater with the "Outstanding Performance Award" in person.
XVI.On July 31, the "Seminar Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Creation and Performance of Large Music and Dance Epic Red in the East" jointly hosted by China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and China International Venue Ally was held in Beijing. President Tao Cheng, Vice President Zhang Yafeng, Art Advisor Li Xiaoxiang, and famous recitation artist and recitation host of large music and dance epic Red in the East Lin Zhonghua from China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and leaders from relevant units attended the seminar.
XVII.On August 3, the large scenic song and dance show Sentiment in Four Seasons was performed at the opening ceremony of the first "US-China Youth International Cultural Festival". This performance not only promoted the excellent Chinese traditional culture, but gained unanimous praise from domestic and overseas audience. President of US-China Friendship Association Zhang Jinping presented us "Award for Special Contribution to US-China Friendship".
XVIII.On August 13, 30 talent teenagers selected from Shaoshan, Hunan Province visited our Theater for study. With the spirit of supporting the development of poor rural youth and gathering positive energy of youth, we actively participated in Shaoshan’s first loveheart activities themed "Village ? Chinese Dream" jointly initiated by Shaoshan Municipal Committee of China Communist Youth League and a public welfare organization in Beijing. Through visits and study of teachers and students, and in-depth interaction, the young talents’ understanding of the national art groups is greatly enhanced.
Secretary of Party committee Wei Yinjiu introduced the development history and current situation of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater, and led the young talents to visit the rehearsal of symphony orchestra and dance drama troupe, enabling teachers and students to learn about the whole process of art production and feel the strong artistic atmosphere of the national art troupes.
XIX.On August 26, the international vocal master class jointly organized by the Theater and Beijing Brilliant International Art Center ended. We employed Italian opera queen Katia Ricciarelli as the vocal teacher for the 7-day class. After the course was finished, a concert for teachers and students was held at the rehearsal hall on Floor 3 of the Theater. The master class provided excellent learning opportunities for domestic young singers to witness the elegant demeanor of masters and feel their charms and the professional level of the students was also improved in this process..
XX.On August 21, National Art Group Performing Season 2014 started with the performance of the large original dance drama Confucius. Our performance got enthusiastic response and was widely recognized. The Theater attached great importance to this performing season, and all people of the Theater made adequate preparations and the leaders held a special mobilization conference for the performers. During the performing period, we also presented the latestly created dance drama When We Were Young and a symphonic concert Dance of Century to the audiences.
XXI.In order to further promote the construction of mass spiritual civilization in central government organs, Work Committees of the Central Government Organs consolidated achievements of mass-line education and practice activities, and encouraged CPC organizations at all levels and cadres of CPC to fulfill their responsibilities better and create a favorable political environment. 120 units have been granted advanced collectives in the 2nd "Creation of Civilized Organs and Becoming of People-satisfied Civil Servants" campaign of the central government organs. We and National Library under Ministry of Culture were publicly praised at the commendation conference held in the auditorium of Jingxi Hotel on August 29. We are proud of and are encouraged by the commendation. In the future we will continue to make greater progress in the construction of spiritual civilization.
XXII.On the evening of September 5, we held a special show themed” Literary Night” for teachers of Tsinghua University to celebrate the upcoming 30th Teacher's Day and presented Red River Valley, the original ethnic opera of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater at New Tsinghua School.
XXIII.In order to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S., Chinese American Federation in Southern California hosted a large show themed Exquisite Beauty performed by China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on the evening of September 12. Thousands of representatives from various communities of Los Angeles watched the show.
XXIV.On September 19 and 20, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater was invited to perform the large original song and dance show Silla Moon Travel Note - Chinese Style at Kyungpook National Arts Center, Korea.
XXV.On September 20, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater was granted "Top Ten Outstanding Performing Organizations" at the CIVA Chinese Performance Ceremony 2014 & Chinese International Performers Conference 2014.
XXVI.China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater actively carried out the "Great Affection 2014" campaign to provide services for the grassroots people. We presented two public sessions of the large original ethnic dance drama Confucius in Guiyang on September 27 and 28.
XXVII.On the evening of September 29, the opera troupe of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater participated in the performance of "Beautiful China ? Glorious Dream" - the concert for celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli and representatives from various communities in Beijing all attended the concert.
XXVIII.On October 2, the large original dance drama When We Were Young of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater participated into the "Exhibition of Outstanding Dramas for Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of the People's Republic of China, as the only representative of dance drama and national troupes.
XXIX.The dance drama Confucius, as a part of the "High Art into Campuses" activities, presented 8 sessions of excellent performances for teachers and students of 8 universities and colleges in Tianjin and Lanzhou between October 13 and October 23.
XXX.On October 16, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater called on all cadres and workers to study the essence of the speeches of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the art work symposium via our official website, WeChat Platform, CPC Building online and blackboard newspaper. On the morning of October 22, all our leaders studied the essence of speeches of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the art work symposium and passed on the instruction of Minister Cai Wu on the implementation of the speech essence. President Tao Cheng, CPC Secretary Wei Yinjiu, Vice President Lang Xinjian, Xu Liqiao and Zhang Yafeng attended this seminar. On October 28, we held a study session for medium-level leaders in which Head of Opera Troupe Tian Yan, Head of Dance Drama Troupe Xu Ning, Head of Symphony Orchestra Wu Xuhai and Head of Chinese Orchestra Wei Yaming addressed speeches one by one, expressing their determination to implement and learn the speech essences, create and present more representative and demonstrative ethnic art works.
XXXI.On October 22, the press conference for the large multi-media ethnic symphony concert Bravery and Devotion was held on Floor 3 of the theater. Vice President Xu Liqiao, Deputy Head of Ethnic Orchestra Luan Dong, Chief of Ethnic Orchestra Bai Miao, national Grade 1 conductor Zhang Zheng, national Grade 1 actress Luo Huifang, percussion music director of Ethnic Orchestra Wang Jia’nan and young vocal music performer Dong Leilei attended the event..
XXXII.Between October 22 and October 29, 200 Chinese youth conducted an 8-day visit to South Korea for exchanges at the invitation of Female Family Department of South Korea. Young vocal music performer Gong Zheng and young dancer Li Yang from the Theater successfully completed the performing missions at the opening and closing ceremonies of this event and were highly praised by the South Korean side.
XXXIII.On October 25, an artist squad of Ministry of Culture went to the earthquake stricken area in Ludian, Yunnan to conduct condolence performances. This activity was organized by Art Department, Ministry of Culture and undertaken by China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater. Our Vice President Zhang Yafeng led about ten well-known artists to show concerns from CPC Central Committee and the State Council to the disaster victims. Vocal music performer Cao Xue and Dong Leilei from our Theater attended the performance.
XXXIV.On October 28 and 29, excellent dancers of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater Chen Ailian, Shan Chong and Hu Yang went to Beijing Dance Academy to participate in the special performance Silent Beauty ? Gathering of Chinese Classical Dance in a Circle of Sixty Years for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Beijing Dance Academy.
XXXV.On November 1, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater held a press conference for The Regret for the Past which is to be presented at Floor 3 of the theater. Vice President Xu Liqiao, Head of Opera Troupe Tian Yan, famous singers Mo Hualun and Wang Ying, Art Advisor Li Xiaoxiang, Director Chen Wei, Deputy Head of General Song and Dance Troupe and famous conductor Li Yuning and the production team jointly attended the event.
XXXVI.On November 9, the symphony orchestra of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater together with world-renowned artists including the singer Domingo Embil presented "When the East meets the west ? 2014 APEC ? Concert for Beijing's Night" at Reignwood Theater. After days of hard rehearsal, the symphony orchestra of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater successfully completed the performing mission and was highly praised by the world-class vocal master Domingo Embil and his team.
XXXVII.On November 15-20 when the G20 summit was held in Australia, the symphony orchestra, opera troupe and dance drama troupe led by our President Tao Cheng of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater came to Oakland and Sydney, participating into the performance of "Australia ? China Culture Festival 2014" at the invitation of the Australian side. We presented three sessions of "I Only Care About You--Concert to Reappear Teresa Teng's Classic Songs and one large creative ethnic dance drama Confucius for overseas Chinese in Australia. On the evening of November 18, the dance drama Confucius as the opening show was presented at the Sydney State Theater, which is the debut of the dance drama overseas. It is also our theater’s first dance drama work which is put on the international stage. The audiences said that this drama brought them visual impact and spiritual shock and unparalleled sensory pleasures.
XXXVIII.On December 6, President of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater Tao Cheng led tens of artists to the Ministry of Culture to participate in the performance for the launching ceremony themed "Deep into the Life, Take Root in Grassroots". between December 8 and December 12, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater assigned several artists to participate in practice activities themed "Deep into the Life, Take Root in the Grassroots" organized by Art Department, Ministry of Culture and Shaanxi Provincial Art Department, and undertaken by China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater immediately following the launching ceremony. Those artists followed the artist squad of the Ministry of Culture to Northern Shaanxi revolutionary base. They communicated with and learn from local artists, presented 3 condolence shows for the local people, and created the "Northern Shaanxi Folk Song Collection and Creation Base".
XXXIX.On December 10-11, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater re-preformed the classic lyric opera The Regret for the Past 33 years later and presented two exciting shows for the audiences at Tianqiao Theater.
XL.On December 16-17, Vice President of PRC Li Yuanchao went to Myanmar to attend the closing ceremony of "China - ASEAN Cultural Exchange Year 2014" at the invitation of Vice President of Myanmar Nyan Tun. The Ministry of Culture selected China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater to perform in this cultural exchange activity. We presented Chinese unique classical dance Plucking Wei and Jasmine to the ASEAN audiences and gained high praise from participants of various countries.
XLI.On December 22, the leaders of Fengtai District Publicity Department, Beijing visited our Theater and held a symposium. In order to promote the cultural development in this district, both sides discussed the cooperation intent and plan to present the actual performance Sound from the World - a symphonic concert to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory against fascism.