Episode Two

From Shanghai September 2008 to Shanghai January 2009
Episode 2

Episode 2


  • To exchange resources on the different traditions of opera, and  their cultural contexts
  • To identify specific themes to be taken up by individual partners, reflecting their own particular expertise
  • To  have regular electronic correspondence between participants
  • For participants to cascade information on the project within their own organisation/region/professional groups


Establishment of the project’s ‘digital repository’ conceived as both an interactive process tool open only to participants during the life of the project, and  as the basis for the public web site to exist after the project.   All members could submit items for inclusion by the repository’s co-ordinator.  The repository had sections for participant information ( a separate space for each person);  for each meeting (photographs, notebook excerpts, records of events, copies of any presentations); for resources (articles, music, links to other organisations and projects);  for links to the partner institutions.

Within the European institutions systems of regular feedback to peers and management were established.  

OPENCOV became an item for regular update on the DARE website and annual DARE report made to the UoL and Opera North.

Dr R Li led a seminar to introduce both xiqu  to UK participants and the project to the wider constituency of the UoL and Opera North.  It included a presentation by PhD student Haili Heaton on the history and contemporary marketing of Yue Opera in Shanghai.  All were shared across the partners via the repository.

Use of  emails and skype calls to link EU members on a regular basis.

Practical  introduction to  DARE partners of Chinese musical instruments.

Shanghai Yue opera presentation

Beijing Opera seminar