Esplanade Presents


Talk: Pingtan - The Jiangnan in My Heart

Gao Bowen (China)

20 Feb 2024, Tue, 7.30pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Annexe Studio

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Discover the history and development of pingtan and its unique artistic charm in this talk by Gao Bowen, Head of the Shanghai Pingtan Troupe. A genre of musical storytelling, traditional pingtan is a popular artform within China’s Jiangnan region. Originating from Suzhou about four centuries ago, the development of pingtan has evolved over the years as it absorbed influences from various cultures. The rise of media and expansion of performing halls have also helped to popularise the art of pingtan, winning fans from businessmen, artists and city dwellers alike. 


Be sure to catch The Four Beauties by Shanghai Pingtan Troupe on 21 Feb 2024 at the Esplanade Concert Hall!

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Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Mandarin
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Gao Bowen

Gao Bowen is the Head of the Shanghai Pingtan Troupe and a National Class One Performer. He has studied under renowned tanci performers Rao Yichen, Chen Xi’an and Zhao Kaisheng, and is known for performing tanci works Pearl Pagoda, Wen Zhengming, Sketching the Golden Phoenix, Regrets In The Twilight of the Ming Dynasty, and his original creation Gao Bowen on Blossoms. Gao received the Best Performer award at the 8th China Quyi Peony Awards.  

Date & Time

20 Feb 2024, Tue


Esplanade Annexe Studio

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