Confucius comes to life as a man

Updated: 2013-08-17 10:29

By Chen Nan (China Daily)

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It is said that Confucius had more than 3,000 students, and 72 were excellent and famous in their time. A student named Yan Hui was Confucius' favorite. When Yan died, Confucius was very sad and cried for him.

The story impressed Kong very much. She says that what Confucius values derived from humanity and great love.

One of Confucius' values Kong respects highly is modesty. She says that when Confucius was only 15 years old, he was eager to learn from others.

"He said, 'If three of us are walking together, at least one of the other two is good enough to be my teacher.' But how many young people of our generation keep that virtue in life?" she asks.

Hu Yang, an actor from China National Opera and Dance Company, plays the role of Confucius in the dance drama. The 22-year-old says that he has read many books about Confucius and he feels very connected to his thought.

"Confucius believed that art should play a key role in people's lives and it helped perfect a man's character. Now, I am dancing and acting onstage to communicate with the audiences. It's the same thing, though from different era," he says.

Kong says that ever since she studied at Beijing Dance Academy, she has been thinking about writing a story about Confucius. A year ago, Kong received a grant to realize her dream.

"I think the reason why we are presenting such a show about Confucius is that we want our audiences living in the modern world to learn his story and his philosophy again," says Kong. "There are many Confucius Institutes abroad and many foreigners are learning his philosophy. However, how many Chinese people are still learning it? It's really shameful."

"This dance drama is not aiming to educate people. I just want Chinese audiences, especially the young generation, to see a man's real experience and then reflect on themselves," she adds.

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