Folk Chinese Opera Staged in Chicago

February 20, 2018
Editor: Chen Caixia
Folk Chinese Opera Staged in Chicago
Artists perform Sichuan Opera Jin Shan Temple at Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 17, 2018. [Xinhua]

 

As part of Chinese New Year celebrations, a troupe of Southwest China's Chongqing Chuanju (Sichuan Opera) Theater presented traditional Chuanju excerpts to US audience members at the Chicago Symphony Center on Saturday.

The 2,500-seat center is a full house, with applause and cheers erupting from time to time.

The Chongqing Chuanju Theater presented five excerpts in the first half session of the show. The local dialect of Sichuan and the Chinese humor posed no obstacles to the audience understanding the plots of the play.

"The Taming of the Gambler," a story depicting how a wife educates her gambler husband with some afflictions and combining Chinese humor with acrobatics, has sparked rounds of applause and laughters constantly.

 

Folk Chinese Opera Staged in Chicago
Artists perform Sichuan Opera  Tryst at Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 17, 2018. [Xinhua]

 

"Jin Shan Temple," another traditional Chinese fairy tale, has performers dressed in full traditional costumes and make-up and featured such stunts as fire-spitting and face-changing, when a performer instantly switches masks by raising a hand, swinging a sleeve or tossing the head.

"I had read a lot about the face-changing, and I enjoyed seeing that. It was wonderful to see all the colorful costume, the make-up, the music," John Trowbridge told Xinhua, "I'm really enjoying it very much."

Henry Trowbridge, son of John Trowbridge, was impressed by the acrobatics. The teenager especially liked the part when the performers flip.

It is not the first time for Susan in her 60s to watch Chuanju. "I've seen the joker blowing candle before, and face-changing, I know there are masks."

"I like when they change the masks, and I like the costumes, I like the colors of the costumes," Susan stressed.

 

Folk Chinese Opera Staged in Chicago
Artists perform Sichuan Opera "Jin Shan Temple" at Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 17, 2018. [Xinhua]

 

The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, from East China's Zhejiang province, took up the second half of the performance. Familiar tunes of a variety of folk Chinese operas including Huangmei Opera, Shaoxing Opera, Beijing Opera, Henan Opera and Qin Qiang Opera have reminded overseas Chinese of their homeland.

The orchestra also presented to the audience Uighur folk song of "Lift Your Veil," and popular song "Crossing the River."

Zhou Lifang, director of the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, said the goal of the orchestra is to "endow symphony with Chinese characteristics and Chinese music with world tune."

This is the fourth year for the Chicago Symphony Center to stage a grand performance on the event of the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Consul General Hong Lei hailed the show an opportunity for Americans to have an understanding of the Chinese culture.

"The aspiration for good life is exactly the same (for both the Chinese and American peoples)." He hoped that it could be a yearly event.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to present some of the best artists from China in a program of traditional Chinese music," said Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) President Jeff Alexander.

 

Folk Chinese Opera Staged in Chicago
Artists perform Sichuan Opera "Palace of Eternal Life" at Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, the United States, on Feb. 17, 2018. [Xinhua]

 

(Source: China Daily)

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