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Alan Govenar's 2011 documentary, Master Qi and the Monkey King focuses on the life and work of the preeminent master of Chinese Opera living in the United States, Qi Shu Fang. The film highlights the intricacies of Peking Opera, an art form that is hardly known in the West and is declining in popularity in China. At the same time it explores why Ms. Qi, her husband, Ding Meikui, and their company of Chinese Opera performers, have made the difficult move to the United States, where they, like so many immigrants, must balance pressures to assimilate with the needs of cultural expression and preservation.
Qi Shu Fang is one of many National Heritage Fellows featured in the exhibition Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts currently on display in the Folk Arts Gallery.
Master Makers and Players Series programs are held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (February 2—June 20, 2014) For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, Ph.D., Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.
This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.