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Kim Hunter Gordon

Assistant Professor of Chinese and Performance Studies at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Competing Authenticities in Kunqu Singing - Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Making: The Case of Kunqu · January 8, 2021 International Meeting or Conference Modern Languages Association Convention, MLA.org
Between Literariness and Melodrama; Tensions in Kunqu Singing - Contrasts in Chinese Music · September 19, 2019 - September 22, 2019 International Meeting or Conference European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (CHIME), Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Heritage Squared; Finding a Stage for the Intangible - Annual Conference · August 2019 - August 2019 International Meeting or Conference International Foundation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Shanghai Theatre Academy
Regional Lion Dances in Mainland China and the Diaspora - Liberal Arts Symposium: Asian Lion Dances - Performance and Participation · June 2019 Invited Talk Saitema University, Tokyo, Japan
Performance expression in fixed routines—how video streaming influences the choreography and interpretation of two repertoire kunqu playlets from Mudanting - Asian Studies Association of Australia · August 2018 International Meeting or Conference University of Sydney,
Competing Authenticities in Kunqu Singing - Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Making: The Case of Kunqu · January 8, 2021 International Meeting or Conference Modern Languages Association Convention, MLA.org
Between Literariness and Melodrama; Tensions in Kunqu Singing - Contrasts in Chinese Music · September 19, 2019 - September 22, 2019 International Meeting or Conference European Foundation for Chinese Music Research (CHIME), Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Heritage Squared; Finding a Stage for the Intangible - Annual Conference · August 2019 - August 2019 International Meeting or Conference International Foundation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Shanghai Theatre Academy
Regional Lion Dances in Mainland China and the Diaspora - Liberal Arts Symposium: Asian Lion Dances - Performance and Participation · June 2019 Invited Talk Saitema University, Tokyo, Japan
Performance expression in fixed routines—how video streaming influences the choreography and interpretation of two repertoire kunqu playlets from Mudanting - Asian Studies Association of Australia · August 2018 International Meeting or Conference University of Sydney,
Tang/Sha: ‘Transnational Performances for a Fortuitous Anniversary’ - Association for Asian Studies (in Asia) Conference · August 24, 2017 International Meeting or Conference Korea University, Seoul
Xiqu Physicality on the Political Stage: Striking a Pose in the Early Communist Period - Constructing New Communist Culture: Aesthetics and Cultural Politics in 1950s China · March 18, 2017 International Meeting or Conference Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Sheraton, Toronto
Choreographic Precision and the Changing Tradition in Kunqu Performance - European Association for Chinese Studies · August 26, 2016 International Meeting or Conference St. Petersburg State University,
Xiqu in London; A Cross Cultural Performer’s Perspective - Xiqu at the Margin: How “Chinese” is “Chinese Opera”? · March 31, 2016 International Meeting or Conference Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Stage Translator (subtitles) - Qu Qiubai 瞿秋白 · June 2021 Community Outreach Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - ‘Stealing the Elixir' 盜草 from Leifeng Pagoda 雷峰塔 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Eight Immortals Ride the Sea 八仙過海 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Hu Family Village 盧家莊 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Embrace of the River City 眷江城 · 2020 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Qu Qiubai 瞿秋白 · June 2021 Community Outreach Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - ‘Stealing the Elixir' 盜草 from Leifeng Pagoda 雷峰塔 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Eight Immortals Ride the Sea 八仙過海 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Hu Family Village 盧家莊 · May 2021 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Embrace of the River City 眷江城 · 2020 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - The Prime of Mei Lanfang 當年梅郎 · 2020 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Capturing Luo Genyuan 活捉罗裉元 · December 26, 2019 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China English subtitles to the kunqu version of the revolutionary opera ‘Two Female Soldiers in the Red Army’ 两个女红军
Stage Translator (subtitles) - 'Stealing the Silver’ 盜庫銀 from Leifeng Pagoda 雷峰塔 · August 23, 2019 Editorial Activities Kunshan Contemporary Kunqu Theatre , Kunshan flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - ‘Killing Yan Xijiao’ 殺惜 from The Water Margin 水滸記 · August 14, 2019 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China English subtitles for kunqu scene ‘Killing Yan Xijiao’ 殺惜 from The Water Margin 水滸記
Director - China Storytelling Festival · December 2018 Event/Organization Administration Yu Theatre Workshop , Suzhou flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Six Records of a Floating Life 浮生六記 · March 2018 - October 2018 Event/Organization Administration HDZ Productions , Canglang Pavilion Garden, Suzhou flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - The Inner Quarters 幽閨記 · 2018 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Gu Yanwu 顧炎武 · 2018 Editorial Activities Kunshan Contemporary Kunqu Theatre flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Rain on the Wutong Tree 梧桐雨 · 2018 Editorial Activities Kunshan Contemporary Kunqu Theatre flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - A Shakesperean Handan Dream · September 2016 Event/Organization Administration Yu Theatre Workshop , Covent Garden, London flag United Kingdom
Consultant - Turandot Reimagined · July 30, 2015 - July 31, 2015 Consulting Tête à Tête Opera Festival , London flag United Kingdom
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Dream Under the Southern Bough 南柯夢 · 2015 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Wei Liangfu: The Sage of Verse 曲聖魏良輔 · 2015 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Blossom on a Spring Moonlit Night 春江花月夜 · 2015 Editorial Activities Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Centre , Shanghai Grand Theatre flag China
Stage Translator (subtitles) - Peach Blossom Fan 桃花扇 · 2014 Editorial Activities Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre , Nanjing flag China

Service to the Profession


Panel organizer - Defining Space in East Asian Ritual and Performance · July 2019 - July 2019 Event/Organization Administration Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Saitama University

Service to Duke


Host . Lecture-demonstration: Historically Informed Performance: Renaissance Repertoire and Jiangnan Sizhu · September 12, 2019 Event/Organization Administration Humanities Research Centre, DKU Academic Building Auditorium

Lecture-performance in September given by Prof. Xavier Bouvier and Students from the Geneva Haute Ecole de Musique in the Academic Building Auditorium

Workshop Organiser . Kunqu Accompaniment Workshop · September 2019 Event/Organization Administration Kun Opera Society, DKU Water Pavilion

A workshop for student musicians of traditional Chinese instruments to learn how to accompany kunqu singing.