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7th Xiqu Opera Black Box Festival Opens


The 7th Xiqu Opera Black Box Festival kicked off at the Star Theater recently.

This year’s festival has several highlights, including not only a variety of Chinese operas from all over the country, but also shows performed by many winners of the "Plum Blossom Award", China’s top honor for opera and drama. For example, the opening show is a Peking Opera production which tells Su Dongpo’s life on the Peking Opera stage for the first time. And another Peking Opera production retains the performance and singing styles of traditional Peking Opera, and makes breakthroughs in stage design, costume design, light and directing techniques. A Peking Opera show is added Kunqu opera elements. A Peking Opera show is a monodrama telling Western masterpiece in the language of Peking Opera. And a production is co-starred by popular Peking Opera performers and the "Plum Blossom Award" winners. In addition, well-known play One Night Is Lifetime and children’s Peking Opera show Little Super Hero, both produced by the Star Theater, will be staged in the festival.

In addition to the performances, the festival also contains a Peking Opera production incubation part, and public Peking Opera activities. The activities include Peking Opera-themed contemporary art exhibition, Peking Opera workshop for children, Peking Opera forum, Peking Opera salon, and lectures by Peking Opera masters. People can have a better understanding of Peking Opera in multiple ways, and feel the charm of traditional Chinese culture.

16 wonderful Chinese opera productions, covering Peking Opera, Kunqu Opera, and Pingju Opera, will be staged by the Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre, the Dian Opera Theatre of Yuxi City of Yunnan Province, China Pingju Opera Theatre, and the Star Theatre in two months.



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