​Modern drama Copenhagen staged at Tsinghua University

As one of activities for the 40th anniversary of the reestablishment of Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics, the modern drama Copenhagen, performed by artists from the National Theatre of China, was staged at the New Tsinghua Xuetang from September 2 to 3.

This activity was co-hosted by the Art Education Center and the Department of Physics of Tsinghua University with a view to bringing high-level performances to the campus and fostering greater levels of aesthetic education. Besides the staging of Copenhagen, a series of activities have been planned to attract the participation of artists, professors and students in order to further enhance the performance into a mode of aesthetic education integrated with appreciation, experience, perception and communication.

Zhao Hong, director of the Art Education Center, Director Wang Xiaoying, Professor Xue Ping of the Department of Physics, Professor Wang Wei of the Department of the History of Science (From left to right)

Yang Miao from the Art Education Center, Director Wang Xiaoying, Professor Zhang Yuegang of the Department of Physics, Professor Xia Ying of the Department of Philosophy (From left to right)

The modern drama Copenhagen premiered in the United Kingdom in 1998. In 2003, director Wang Xiaoying brought the modern drama to stages across China, attracting the attention of both artists and scientists. The drama’s scientific ethics, its ultimate concern for humanity and adherence to a humanistic spirit triggered the thoughts and concerns of audiences.

To enhance the educational value of the performance, a lecture was held at the New Tsinghua Xuetang on September 2. The lecture explored the drama Copenhagen from the perspective of the history of science.

The lecture invited Professor Liu Bin from the Tsinghua University Department of the History of Science to share his interpretation of the modern drama Copenhagen, enlightening audiences and helping them understand the essence of science and its relationship to society from a humanistic standpoint.

On September 3, seven students from the Department of Physics, Department of the History of Science, Department of Chinese Language and Literature and the School of Social Sciences engaged in face-to-face interaction with director Wang about the drama Copenhagen. They held discussions on the history of science, the dramatic arts, ethics and humanity and learned about the experiences that inspired the drama, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the drama.

The Art Education Center will continue to look for more opportunities to cooperate with schools and departments at Tsinghua University in order to explore practical modes of aesthetic education.

Editors: Maria Vula, Li Han

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