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The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭; mǔdāntíng) is a play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and first performed in 1598 at the Pavilion of Prince Teng. As one of Tang’s “Four Dreams”, it has traditionally been performed as a Kunqu opera, but Chuanand Gan opera versions also exist. It … Continue Reading →


Legend of the White Snake

The story is set in the Southern Song Dynasty period of Chinese history. Bai Suzhen (白素貞), a female white snake demon, dreams of becoming a goddess by doing good deeds. She transforms herself into a woman and travels to the human realm. There, she meets a green snake demon, Qing … Continue Reading →


Cantonese Opera

Cantonese Opera is one of the major categories in Chinese opera based in southern China and overseas ethnic Chinese communities. Cantonese Opera is a formalized operatic form that emphasizes gymnastic and martial arts skills. This form of Chinese Opera predominates in Guangdong (formerly called Canton), Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, … Continue Reading →


The music of Sichuan Opera

The music of Sichuan Opera is composed by five different sonic systems, namely gao qiang, hu qin, deng diao, tan xi, and kun qu. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, all of these sonic systems were still represented by their own independent troupes respectively. Music Founded in the province’s … Continue Reading →


Changing Faces

Sichuan Opera, prevailed in its home province for centuries, giving voice to the values and cultural essence of the people. One of the most fascinating parts of Sichuan Opera is “face-changing,” which is achieved by quickly tearing off, rubbing, or blowing away a mask to reveal another. The performer prepares … Continue Reading →