2021-05-04

Yue Opera “Dream of Red Mansions” Performed in Fuzhou

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China News Service, Fuzhou, May 4 (Reporter Liu Kegeng) by Fujian Fanghua Yue Opera National First-Class Actor, Chinese Drama Plum Blossom Award Winner, and Non-Genetic Successor of Yue Opera Yin Pai Chen Liyu, and National First-Class Actor, Yue Opera Zhang The Yue opera “Dream of Red Mansions” starring with the non-hereditary inheritor Zheng Quan, was performed at the Fanghua Theater in Fuzhou on the evening of the 3rd, recreating the classics of Yin School.

The play is based on the line of love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu in Cao Xueqin’s original “Dream of Red Mansions”, condensedly showing the decline of a feudal family, portraying and shaping two rebellious images of Baoyu and Daiyu.

Yue Opera “Dream of Red Mansions” Performed in Fuzhou

The Yue Opera “Dream of Red Mansions”, re-arranged by Fujian Fanghua Yue Theatre, was performed at Fuzhou Fanghua Theatre, recreating the classics of Yin School. Photo by reporter Liu Kegeng

“A Dream of Red Mansions” is a representative work of Mr. Yin Guifang, the founder of the Yin School of Yue Opera. Mr. Yin Guifang has performed several versions of “Dream of Red Mansions” in his lifetime. The current version of the performance was written by Xu Jin and directed by Huang Zumo in 1962, composed by Lian Bo, and premiered by Mr. Yin Guifang. After 1986, the play was repeated several times and toured throughout the country, which caused a strong response.

This year, the Fujian Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism organized a troupe of art academies to carry out a series of exhibitions of “One Hundred Years of Fenghua Mountain and Sea Echoes”. In order to inherit the red gene and present a gift to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Fujian Fanghua Yue Theatre responded positively by re-arranging the Yue opera “Jiang Sister” and the classic inheritance play “A Dream of Red Mansions” by Yin school.

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The live performance of Yue Opera “Dream of Red Mansions”. Photo by reporter Liu Kegeng

The rehearsal tour version of “Dream of Red Mansions” has also made major adjustments in the stage design. While fully considering the convenience of movement, the stage design is based on the original “Dream of Red Mansions”. “Paper absurdity” and “Fake is true when true is also false” are the core design concepts, turning the stage into an unfolding ancient book. Through the outline of the lines and the colorful characters, it shows the audience the classical aesthetics of opera and the “preservation of Chinese paintings”. The “white” artistic conception makes the whole stage more characteristic of the times and more in line with the aesthetic taste of contemporary audiences.

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The live performance of Yue Opera “Dream of Red Mansions”. Photo by reporter Liu Kegeng

The Yue opera “Jiang Sister” was adapted from the opera of the same name by Yin Guifang from the playwright Yan Su in 1965. It premiered at the Fuzhou People’s Theater on February 17, 1965, and it was filled continuously. Nearly two months. After 2001, Li Min, the Chinese drama Plum Blossom Award and the successor of the Wang School, rehearsed the drama “Jiang Sister”. It has been 20 years since. This year, “Jiang Sister” was also selected as the key repertoire of the 2021 Fujian Province Stage Art Boutique Project.

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Chen Liyu, a national first-class actor, winner of the Chinese Drama Plum Blossom Award, and non-genetic inheritor of Yue Opera Yin Pai, plays Jia Baoyu in the play. Photo by reporter Liu Kegeng

After the performance of the 70th anniversary of “Fanghua” in 2016, the two dramas “Jiang Sister” and “Dream of Red Mansions” have not seen the audience for 5 years. This rehearsal performance is based on inheritance and adheres to the principle of “keeping integrity and innovation”. Among them, “Jiang Sister” rehearsed three groups of performances respectively starring the national first-level actor, the winner of the Chinese Drama Plum Blossom Award, the successor of the Wang School, Li Min, and the outstanding young actors of “Fanghua” Zhang Qianqian and Zhao Yang; the rehearsed Yue Opera ” “A Dream of Red Mansions” starred by Chen Liyu and Zheng Quan. The two plays have a brand-new interpretation in terms of stage beauty and clothing.

“Sister Jiang” was performed at the Fanghua Theater on April 25, and “A Dream of Red Mansions” was performed at the Fanghua Theater on May 3.

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Zheng Quan, a national first-class actor and non-genetic inheritor of the Zhang Pai of Yue Opera, plays Lin Daiyu in the play. Photo by reporter Liu Kegeng

Fujian Fanghua Yue Theatre pointed out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Party, the 80th anniversary of the reform of Shaoxing Opera, and also the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Fujian Fanghua Yue Theatre. “Fanghua” took advantage of the opportunity to re-arrange the two outstanding plays of “Jiang Sister” and “Dream of Red Mansions” to take advantage of the momentum to start a new stage on the new journey of artistic creation.

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It is reported that in May, “Fanghua” will take “Sister Jiang” and “Dream of Red Mansions” to Shaoxing, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Zhoushan and Sanmen, Zhejiang Province for a tour; in June, ” “Jiang Sister” and “Dream of Red Mansions” will also go to four provinces and four cities in Guangzhou, Changsha, Hefei, and Nanchang. (End)