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Podcast: New Sounds of China

London Chinese Radio’s New Sounds of China music podcast has reached the end of its second season, hosted by music journalist and musicologist Paul Kendall and guitarist, vocalist and Beijing opera performer Hu Pan. Each...

Carrying the Spear (and Dagger) for a Fading Art Form

Like much of old Beijing, Peking Opera is now rapidly fading into history. The New York Times reports on the fight to keep it alive: This modest and slightly shabby theater is part of the Beijing Opera Academy, in a neighborhood...

China Defuses Song and Dance Over Peking Opera

After sharp criticism of the Education Ministry’s plan to introduce traditional Peking Opera curriculum in schools, the government reassured the public that the program wouldn’t be mandatory. Critics of the government’s plan say...

Jingju or Peking Opera – People’s Daily

The writer of the article appeals for renaming Peking Opera its Chinese Pinyin form of “Jingju,” from People’s Daily: As China is quickening its tempo going global, cross-cultural communication has become more important than ever before. In some cases, however, it seems difficult to find an equivalent in any other culture to convey the true […]

Nude Women and Peking Opera: Pornography or Art? – China Economic Net

From China Economic Net: A selection of photos taken 10 years ago about Peking Opera is now stirring a debate on the Internet. In these six black and white pictures, the female characters are naked. Every photo’s theme is a well-known story of Peking Opera, but the pictures show the male characters in costume and […]

Chinese theater gets a little absurd – Reuters

From The Standard (link): Irish Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, has been performed in China before, but never with elements taken from traditional Peking Opera – including dance, mime, music and song. Playing to a full house in Shanghai, one character wore a painted mask lifted straight from Peking Opera, a highly […]

James R. Oestreich: The Lady Is a Villain and the Trappings Are Chinese

From the New York Times: Verdi’s “Macbeth” was never like this. Here, too, the story is Shakespeare’s, more or less, but the trappings are vintage Chinese. “The Kingdom of Desire,” which opened at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. on Thursday evening, is an adaptation of “Macbeth” in the style of Beijing opera by the Contemporary Legend […]



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