2006, Fri, Mar 24

Living Memory

Stars of the Chinese Opera

Stars of the Chinese Opera: Tian Mansha, Zhao Zhigang, Li Xiaofeng and Ke Jun | © Dirk Bleicker

Stars of the Chinese Opera: Tian Mansha, Zhao Zhigang, Li Xiaofeng and Ke Jun | © Dirk Bleicker

Chinese music theatre is one of the oldest surviving theatre traditions in the world. Along with the Beijing Opera, the only form familiar to most of us here in Europe, some 300 styles are still performed today. Gaining perfect mastery of its codified gestures and mime and being able to express these in a new and individual way place very high demands on an actor’s virtuosity. At the invitation of the House of World Cultures, five famous representatives of very different opera traditions will be presenting their vision of contemporary music theatre in remarkable monodramas.

An introduction to Xiqu, a form of Chinese music theatre: with opera soloists Tian Mansha (Chengdu), Zhao Zhigang (Shanghai), Li Xiaofeng (Xi’an) and Ke Jun (Nanjing).