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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2012-06-12 14:00:07
     

    A brand-new adaptation of an ancient Kunqu Opera, "The Peony Pavilion" is now playing in Shanghai at a water town in Qingpu District. The show is popular with both locals and expats.

    The 400-year-old Kunqu opera centers on the love of Du Liniang, the daughter of a rich family and a poor young scholar Liu Mengmei. It’s a romance involving freedom of personality in a crumbling society. Originally, the opera ran 18 hours, but the modern adaptation lasts only just 60 minutes. Instead of using an indoor stage, the show took place in a Ming-style garden at Zhujiajiao water town, with a continual soundtrack of running water and bamboo forests flowing from speakers hidden in the woods that surround the audience.

    The production’s creators say they hope their changes will actually bring theatergoers back to a time when Kunqu opera was in its prime.

    Zhang Jun, UNESCO artist for peace, said, "We’re presenting a classic Kunqu love story in the most original way possible, in a way that the modern audience will understand. We have to try new things - that’s the only way to revive Kunqu. "

    All 200 seats were sold out well before the performance, but producers added 50 extra seats to accommodate the demand. And many in the audience are young people, as well as expats.

    Audience Zhang Jieyu said, "I happened to see the poster for this show when I travelled here a month ago, and decided to buy a ticket. This is my first time listening to Kunqu in a garden - it’s a brand new experience."

    French expat Flederic Viuly said, "Peony Pavilion is well-known because it played in France 10 years ago. So it’s a very good opportunity to watch it right now. It’s very pleasant to come and to see this beautiful house and the beautiful sight. I think we’re going to enjoy the show. "

    Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun and famous Chinese dancer Huang Doudou are also involved in the production. Peony Pavilion will have two more performances at Zhujiajiao water town, on June 16th and 30th.

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? cntv 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Yang Xiaoming
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