‘The Four Dreams of Linchuan’ staged at NCPA

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/19 18:28:39

A scene from <em>The Four Dreams of Linchuan</em> Photo: Courtesy of Chun Yan

A scene from The Four Dreams of Linchuan Photo: Courtesy of Chun Yan

The local Fuzhou dialect version of The Four Dreams of Linchuan was performed at Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on Sunday night. The performance marked the first time that Chinese operas by Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) playwright Tang Xianzu has been staged at the NCPA in Tang's hometown dialect. 

The innovative Chinese opera combines all of Tang's four renowned dramas, The Story of the Purple Hairpin, Record of Southern Bough, Record of Handan and The Peony Pavilion. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Tang Xianzu's passing, Tang's hometown, Fuzhou city in East China's Jiangxi Province, arranged more than 182 scenes from the four plays into the two-hour opera with the help of playwright Cao Lusheng and director Tong Weiwei.

Li Jian, a professor from Peking University, said at a seminar on Monday that "presenting Tang's work in the dialect of his hometown is the best way to pay tribute to the playwright."

The opera will be staged at Peking University on Thursday.

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