“Handan Dream”: Tang Xianzu’s Kunqu opera graces the capital

Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera still existing in China, with its origins dating back to the Song dynasty (960 – 1279). In 2001, Kunqu Opera was acknowledged as a masterpiece of “Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. It was the first Chinese cultural heritage to gain such a recognition. This year, the art form is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Tang Xianzu, a great Chinese playwright of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). In Beijing, the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe kicked off their world tour over the weekend with Tang’s “Handan Dream”, which is also known as “Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall”. Li Qiong has more.

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