Tian is an acclaimed performer of Sichuan Opera and one of the prominent actresses and directors in China. She has served a member of the 9th Chinese People's National Political Consultative Conference, vice-president of Sichuan Youth Federation and Sichuan Dramatists Association, and vice-principal of Sichuan Opera School of Sichuan Province and Sichuan Art School. Currently, she serves as deputy dean of Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA)'s Chinese Opera College, deputy director of Shanghai Youth Peking-Kun Opera Troupe and Researcher of Intercultural Institute of the Free University of Berlin.
Her numerous honours include twice receiving the China Theatre Plum Blossom Award twice, the first prize for performing at the Wenhua Grand Awards of the Ministry of Culture, the Best Leading Actress at the Shanghai Theatre Magnolia Awards, Outstanding Mentors of Cultural Ministry etc. She has embarked on two study tours of the United States under the auspices of U.S.-based Asian Cultural Council (ACC).
Mansha has participated in China Arts Festival, China Theater Festival, the 2001 Shakespeare Arts Festival in Bremen of Germany, the "Extremes of the World" Arts Festival in Lisbon of Portugal, the Macao Arts Festival, the 2000 Hong Kong in Berlin Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures (2000) in Berlin, the Cultural Memories Between Past and Future show at the House of World Cultures (2006) in Berlin and many more.
In 2006, she co-edited the German edition of the book - Living Memories: Contemporary Chinese Opera with Dr. Johannes Odenthal from the Berlin Academy of Science and Arts.
As a guest professor, Tian Mansha was invited by the Asian Arts Council of the Rockefeller Foundation to New York for one year, by the Interweaving Performance Culture Research Institute of the Free University Berlin, also for one year, as well as by the Giessen University, to name but a few.
Mind and Body in Chinese Performance
In her lecture, Tian Mansha will give a brief introduction of Xiqu, including its three main characteristics (conventionalized, stylized and hypothetical), four skills (singing, chanting, acrobatics, fighting and dancing) and five means (hands, eyes, body, method and step). Through live demonstration and video materials, she will also share the various performance forms of Beijing Opera, Kunqu and Chuanju (Sichuan Opera) as well as experimental works of contemporary Xiqu artists.