[SZ]Shanxi drama lifts curtain on ICIF Art Festival
2013-May-14 Source: Szdaily web edition
Text Size: A A A | Print | Share by E-mail:

A scene from "Spring Begins."

Liu Xiaoqing in "Beauty of the Time."

A scene from Huangmei opera "Past Stories in Huizhou."

The China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) Art Festival raised its curtain by introducing a drama with strong northern styles and characters at Shenzhen Grand Theater in Luohu District Friday night.

As one of the most recommended performances during this year's art festival, the drama, "Spring Begins," is the latest production of the Shanxi Provincial Theater.

The drama portrays residents of Yushi County, Shanxi Province, fighting against a tough natural environment and harsh living conditions to build forests in the desert in the 1960s. Most of the plotlines are based on true stories, and the leading actor and actress both have years of experience living and working in rural villages in northern China, said executive director Wang Chunyan.

The production followed the theater's award-winning play, "Autumn Begins." Well-known playwriter Li Baoqun, director Zha Mingzhe, composer Wang Xiaogang and stage designer Luo Jiangtao were invited to participate in the production, according to Wang.

As Shanxi Province is well-known for its folk songs and music, the production's music was a significant attraction for audiences, Wang said.

"The drama was great, full of strong characters and styles of the Sienna Upland. There are also many folk songs from Shanxi, making me feel I had gone home," said audience member Li Conglin, a native of Shanxi Province.

The ICIF Art Festival will run from May 10 to June 2 at nearly 10 cultural venues across the city.

A total of thirty-four programs featuring 52 performances — including dramas, musicals, dance dramas, children's plays, Chinese folk operas and concerts — are expected to be performed at this year's ICIF Art Festival.

The performances include the Huangmei opera "Past Stories in Huizhou," starring well-known Huangmei master Han Zaifen, and the drama "Beauty of the Time," starring well-known Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing.

Popular South Korean opera "Chunhyang" also will be staged during the festival.

The festival also will include 14 art exhibitions, including the world-renowned Tokyo TDC Exhibition.

The city's government will give subsidies to performance organizations, along with in-kind donations such as free access to performance venues, so prices at the festival can be much lower than prices at other commercial performances held in the city. Some are lower than 100 yuan (US$16), said Lin Qingbo, art department vice director with the city's culture, sports and tourism administration.

Editor: Jecey
Related News
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only. The Southcn.com website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement. The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of Southcn.com are those of the authors and/or publishers. The Southcn.com website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content. For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact Southcn.com within thirty (30) days. Email: falv@southcn.com
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Southcn.com
www.newsgd.com registered number 020074 | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252