[Shenzhen] 'Peach Blossom Fan' unfolded (Dec 5)
2009-November-23 Source: Szdaily web edition
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"The Peach Blossom Fan" ( Photo: life.szonline.net)

Regarded as representative of the best that China's kunqu opera has to offer, an a cappella version of "The Peach Blossom Fan" will be presented by the Jiangsu Performance Group at the Shenzhen Concert Hall next Saturday.

Singers and actors from the show will meet fans and talk about the show 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor of the concert hall. Free entry.

"The Peach Blossom Fan", written by Confucius' descendant Kong Shangren in 1699, tells the love story of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) singer Li Xiangjun and the scholar Hou Fangyu. The peach blossom fan represents the couple's love and their separation and reunion. At the end of the opera, when the lovers accidentally meet again, the Ming Dynasty has fallen and a Taoist monk tears the fan, symbolizing the end of their love. The story of the separation and reunion of the lovers allowed the author to dwell on his feelings about the rise and fall of the Ming Dynasty.

Kunqu has a 600-year history and is known as the "mother" of 100 operas, because of its influence on other Chinese opera forms, including Beijing opera.

Time: 8 p.m., Dec 5

Tickets: 180-680 RMB

Reservations: 400-810-3721

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District

Buses: 15, 25, 35, 38, 41, 54, 60, 64, 65, 71, 107, 108, 111, 215, 228, 235, 236, 237, 322, 350, 374, 383, 391

Metro: Shao Nian Gong Station (Children's Palace Station ), Exit C or D

Editor: Miranda
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