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Zhang Yimou named honorary professor of Beijing Dance Academy

Ba Tu, Party Secretary of the Beijing Dance Academy, presents a certificate to Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who has been named an honorary professor by the university.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been named an honorary professor by the Beijing Academy of Dance.

On September 9, a ceremony was held at Zhang’s studio in Beijing.

As one of China’s leading film directors, Zhang is known for many blockbusters including Raise the Red Lantern, House of the Flying Daggers and The great wall, and has won awards at major international film festivals. His films have also been nominated for the Oscars.

Zhang also enjoyed success with other works, such as ballets, operas, and Olympic ceremonies. He led the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. He also served as chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Games earlier this year.

The director has worked with dancers and choreographers on his live outdoor performances, such as Impression Liu Sanjie and Return to Three Gorges.

“I’m an old friend of Beijing Dance Academy students and teachers. Many of them have performed at national event galas,” Zhang said.

Many actors and actresses, such as Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Huiwen, and Liu Haocun, who worked with the director, graduated from Beijing Dance Academy.

“We are delighted to welcome Zhang Yimou as an honorary professor of the Beijing Academy of Dance. He will be an inspiration to our students and teachers. We look forward to working with him and learning from him. years to come,” said Ba Tu of the Party. university secretary.