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Pingshu

Pingshu (Popular Tales) is a quyi art form of oral storytelling and it includes its namesake that`s popular in northern China and pinghua in eastern China`s Yangzhou. It developed into an independent art form in the early years of the Qing...

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General Introduction of Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera. also called ``Eastern Opera.`` is a principle tradition in Chinese culture. It is called Beijing Opera because it is formed in Beijing. Beijing Opera has a history of 200 years in which its fountainhead can be dated back to...

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Queen of Pingju: Bai Yushuang

Bai Yushuang (1907-1943). the renowned Queen of Pingju. learned playing drums when she was young. But later she shifted to Pingju. and became famous for her superb performance and sweet bourdon. The Bai School of Pingju was named after Bai...

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Suzhou Pingtan

Suzhou Pingtan Suzhou pingtan is a general term denoting Suzhou pinghua and tanci. namely. storytelling and ballad singing in the Suzhou dialect. Flourishing in Suzhou. it also enjoys great popularity in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces as w...

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A Leading Performer of Peking Opera: Zhang Junqiu

Zhang Junqiu (1920--1997) was a top Peking Opera performer. Zhang is remembered for his excellent performance and his efforts made in inheriting and developing the quintessence of traditional Chinese opera. Zhang Junqiu began drama learnin...

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Yueju Artist: Yuan Xuefen

When talking about Yueju (Yue Opera). the famous actress Yuan Xuefen cannot be forgotten. Yuan Xuefen (1922- ). the leading reformer in the 1940s. contributed a great deal to the development and enrichment of Yueju. In the early 20th centu...

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Four Famous Dan Actors

China entered the modern era amidst turbulence and change in the 20th century. The Revolution of 1911 put an end to the 2.000-year rule of the feudal dynasties. Thus there was a spate of famous actors and actresses and schools of Peking Op...

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Maestro of Kunqu: Yu Zhenfei

Kunqu first appeared in the late Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). some 600 years ago. in the lower Yangtze Valley. It was named after its birthplace. Kunshan. near the city of Suzhou in today`s Jiangsu Province. The new opera form quickly gained...

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The First Doctor- Mei Lanfang

Mei Lanfang (1894-1961). the great master of Peking Opera. made outstanding contributions to the development of the opera and the spread of the beauty of Chinese theatre all over the world. Mei was born in a Pear Orchard Family. a family t...

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Three Famous Laosheng of Peking Opera

Three Famous Laosheng of Peking Opera In the early period of Peking Opera. the main roles on stage were Dan (female roles). It was after the emergence of three successful actors that Laosheng (male roles) rose as the main role on the opera...

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