Taiwanese Opera Singers at the GISW
In mid-May we had the pleasure of welcoming a Taiwanese Opera group for a performance and hands-on workshop at the GISW. Our teacher of Latin and History, Mr. Christian Jessen-Klingenberg, happens to be one of the Directors at the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC). In this capacity he not only visited Rockville’s prospective sister city Yilan City in the vicinity of Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this year, but as part of this cultural exchange program, he also invited and hosted guests from Yilan City along with members of the Taiwanese Opera Study Workshop of the Taiwan Theater Museum.
Our eighth-graders enjoyed the avid opera performance and admired the colorful costumes that included incredibly long and beautiful feathers in the head dress. After the show, students had the opportunity to also try on some Taiwanese opera costumes and learn a few of the dance steps. They had a lot of fun with that!
It was a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the culture of Taiwan.