Bing Yang 杨冰
Born in Anshan, Liaoning Province in China, Bing started her professional dance training at age six. In 1986, she was admitted to the Liaoning Performing Arts School and graduated with the highest honor in 1993. Upon her graduation, Bing joined the Beijing Peking Opera Troupe. She was transferred to Beijing Zhanyou Song and Dance Ensemble in 1997 and engaged in advanced studies in literature from an art institution in Beijing in the same year.
In 2000, Bing was invited by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City as cast member of their world concert tour for “The Peony Pavilion”. This work is a Chinese literature classic performed in Kunqu, one of the oldest and most extant forms of Chinese folk opera. In 2003, Bing was appointed Artistic Director of the Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) in New York City. Her work at CTW focused on developing new drama performances to facilitate Sino-western cultural exchange. The performances she conducted were hosted by the Boston University, the New York University, and the University of Maryland, etc.
Bing, her husband Baogang Liu, and two children now live in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Baogang Liu 刘宝钢
Born in a family of Peking Opera artists, Baogang developed a passion in Chinese traditional opera music at very young age. In 1985, he was admitted to the Liaoning Performing Arts School, studied in music, and later started his teaching career in the same school. In 1994, he received education in advanced music studies at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, and then became a teacher there. In 1999, Baogang was invited by the Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) in New York City as Music Director of CTW’s works “The White Snake” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. Besides theatrical work, Baogang was also involved in CTW’s Sino-western artistic and cultural exchange events, lectures, and performances at numerous world-class universities in U.S. to promote Chinese traditional art.