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The documentary film of music performers performing for the Confucius Memorial Ceremony in Taipei
Taipei Confucius Temple
The Memorial Ceremony for Confucius
Yayue music performers
The Memorial Ceremony for Confucius is an important traditional ritual in Chinese culture and it has been celebrated for the past 2500 years. More than hundreds of people are involved in the preparation work of this grand traditional ceremony that is held every September of the year, including the Yayue music performers, Yiwu dancers as well as people who execute the traditional ritual. Unfortunately, existing knowledge or video recordings of the ceremony only cover information or footages of the actual day. While we could possibly gain some understanding of how the ceremony is presented through these materials, there is still a lack of information on the background of why and how these ceremonial rituals are prepared and practiced over generations. As such, this thesis aims to understand the one-year preparation work that Yayue music performers put behind the Memorial Ceremony for Confucius, using the ceremony that is held at Confucius Temple in Taipei as an example. The stories of these performers are recorded in the form of field notes and presented through a documentary. This thesis supports the documentary through detailed coverage and explanation of the motivation and concept planning, as well as pre-production and post editorial process of the film. This gives a deeper and more holistic understanding of the culture of Confucius memorial ceremony. The documentary also strives to let viewers learn more about the music component of the ceremony and recognize how the ritual is produced.
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