|Performer:||China Opera and Dance Drama Theatre|
|Title:||Arias from the Opera "The White-Haired Girl" (II)|
|Category:||Classical / World, Folk, Country / Screen, stage|
|Other format:||ASF XM AIFF WMA MP1 AC3 AA|
|A1||What Agony, What Torture!|
|A2||I Must Live On|
|A3||My Hatred Is Deep As The Sea|
|B1||The Sun Has Risen|
|B2||I Shall Speak, I Must Speak|
|B3||We Want Emancipation|
In China, revolutionary operas or model operas were a series of shows planned and engineered during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) by Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong. They were considered revolutionary and modern in terms of thematic and musical features when compared with traditional Chinese operas. Many of them were adapted to film. Originally, eight revolutionary operas were produced, eighteen by the end of the period.
Chinese performing arts, the dance and the theatre arts of China, tied from the earliest records to religious beliefs and customs. These date to 1000 bce, and they describe magnificently costumed male and female shamans who sang and danced to musical accompaniment, drawing the heavenly spirits down to earth through their performance. During the Han dynasty (206 bce –220 ce ) palace singers acted out warriors’ stories, the forerunners of military plays in later Chinese opera, and by the time of the Three Kingdoms (220–280 ce ) clay puppets were used to enact plays. These evolved into glove-and-stick puppets in later years. The emperor Xuanzong showed an interest in the performing arts, stimulating many advances in stage arts during the Tang dynasty (618–907). More than a thousand pupils were enrolled in music, dance, and acting schools.
Catch one of China's most iconic revolutionary ballets. The White Haired Girl was depicted in local opera, film and Peking Opera but achieved immortality in 1965, when the Shanghai Ballet told the story with pointe shoes. It immediately lodged in public consciousness as one of the government-approved Eight Model Plays, becoming the Shanghai company’s signature piece. More importantly for dance, it wove folk elements into revolutionary stories and exemplified the goal of adapting Western elements to an Eastern model; even today, dance scholars see it as the only truly Chinese ballet alongside The Red Detachment of Women. The work changed China's terpsichorean landscape forever; make sure you see it at the Shanghai City Theatre on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29. Nancy Pellegrini.
One of the most well-known feature films from soon after the foundation of the People's Republic of China, based on a Chinese opera by the same name. An interesting combination of of traditional Chinese opera with Communist-Marxist political discourse, as well as a compelling (if not somewhat over dramatic)characters. A good study for students of cinema, Chinese history, or socio-political studies.
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YouTube video of Kunqu Opera. Chinese Opera History. There is evidence for opera as far back over a thousand years when Emperor Xuanzong created a troupe to perform in his ‘Pear Garden’, to this day opera performers are colloquially known as ‘Children of the Pear Garden’ 梨苑子弟 lí yuàn zǐ dì. The province of Shanxi was the initial center for this new art-form. There are some similarities between Chinese Opera and Japanese Noh Theater ➚ and it is thought the development of Noh theater in the 14th century was strongly influenced by Kunqu Opera. The principal difference is that Noh theater uses a range of masks. Changes came with the fall of the Qing dynasty and the creation of the People's Republic.
The White-Haired Girl (Chinese: 白毛女; pinyin: Bái Máo Nǚ) is a Chinese opera, ballet, (later adapted to Beijing Opera and a film) by Yan Jinxuan to a Chinese libretto. The first opera performance was in 1945, with Wang Kun playing the lead role. The film was made in 1950. The first Peking opera performance was in 1958. The first ballet performance was by Shanghai Dance Academy, Shanghai in 1965. It has also been performed by the noted soprano Guo Lanying.
The most outstanding representative film soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China isThe White-Haired Girl, co-directed by Wang Bin and Shui Hua. It is based on the legend of a white-haired female immortal. The despotic landlord, Huang Shiren, attempts to forcibly take Xi'er for himself. On the eve of the Chinese Spring Festival, Huang forces Yang to sell his daughter as repayment of the debt Yang owes him. Yang drinks bittern and dies.
In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent. To save the victims from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights the soldiers that oppress people for their own gain . In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. As payback, local government officials decide to pin the murder of Governor Zhuo Zhonglian on Jade, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn't commit.