Sichuan University Troupe to Tour SUNY Campuses

February 9, 2012

New York City – The State University of New York today announced that the Sichuan University Troupe, one of the earliest university troupes in the western part of China, will offer a series of performances for the Chinese New Year at four SUNY campuses, including Maritime College, the College of Optometry, Binghamton University, and University at Buffalo.

“This is a great opportunity to foster partnerships within the SUNY system and to highlight the work of the Confucius Institutes,” said Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal. “The Sichuan University Troupe provides a remarkable glimpse of the language and culture of the western region of China, and we are pleased to bring their performance to our campuses.”

The troupe showcases classical songs, music, dances, and the Sichuan opera. Performances will be held Feb. 10 at Maritime College; Feb. 13 at College of Optometry; Feb. 16 at Binghamton University; Feb. 18 at University at Buffalo (Co-hosted by Buffalo State). The Troupe will also perform at Alfred University on Feb. 19.

Performances were organized by the Confucius Institute for Business at the State University of New York and supported by the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) in Jiangsu Province, New York State’s sister state in China.

Each of the host campuses, with the exception of Maritime College, have a Confucius Institute, which is a partnership between the Hanban and the host university to promote cross cultural understanding.

SUNY operates more Confucius Institutes than any educational system in the world, with locations at Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Levin Institute, College of Optometry, and Stony Brook University.

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