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Updated:2016-01-20 08:10:30Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA scene from Fang Zhenzhu, a Quju opera adapted from Lao Shes novel of the same name.[Photo provided to China Daily]While Chinese writer Lao She (1899-1966) is known as an accomplished novelist and playwright, few know about his contribution to Quju, a traditional opera, which is believed to be the only local opera in Beijing.In 1952, Lao She wrote a play, The Willow Well, and called it Quju, which was based on Beijings local Quyi opera.Since the Beijing Quju Opera Troupe was founded in 1959, nearly 10 of his works have been adapted into Quju opera, including Rickshaw Boy, Teahouse and Four Generations under One Roof.The works are known for their depictions of Beijing culture, especially the use of Beijing slang and the portrayal of ordinary people.During the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb 8 this year, the troupe will perform two shows in the capital. Fang Zhenzhu and Zheng Hong Qi Xia (Beneath the Red Banner) are both adapted from Lao Shes novels of the same name.Fang Zhenzhu, written in 1950, tells the story of a group of folk artists and their predicament in a turbulent society before and after the founding of New China in 1949.The troupe first staged the work in the early 1980s. Then, last year, the company staged the work for the first time in more than 30 years.While keeping to the original storyline, veteran composer Dai Yisheng and director Zhang Shaorong adjusted the singing and acting, and simplified the relationships between the characters.The lead character is a Beijing folk artist who plays the jingyun dagu (ballad-singing drumbeat performances popular in Beijing).Beneath the Red Banner, written by Lao She over 1961-62, is the writers unfinished autobiographical novel.Lao She, who was born Shu Qingchun in Beijing, was of Manchu descent.Previous Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next Page8.03KRelated ArticlesWhen Snuff Bottles saved Quju OperaQuju Opera performanceRuzhou promotes cultural brand of Quju operaChildren perform traditional Chinese Peking OperaChinese Culture Talks on Opera Warriors held in VancouverTagsLao She QujuPhotoNational Museum of China launches its online storeChinese cultural program starts for Lunar New Year in BangladeshStunning images of devout Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims in winterBuddhist sculptures displayed at Baoen Temple Heritage MuseumDiCaprio, Inarritu welcomed by screaming fans in RomePainted stones turn into comic scenesArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelGreen mysteriesCreative designs create splash in Shanghai art centerExhibition of Tibetan Thangka painting attracts visitors in LanzhouYoung Chinese buy art as home decor from online storesNew canvas to work onNovel way to bring the grottoes treasures to lifePainted stones turn into comic scenesClay sculptures about rural life exhibited in LinyiSnow Sculptures in Northeast ChinaIndonesian tattooists revive tribal traditionsSelife CenteredNational museum opens Leaders and PeopleNew Academy Awards posters and promos releasedThe Revenant and The Martian big Golden Globe winnersLeonardo DiCaprio wants to star as Vladimir PutinMonkey King 2 to hit big screen on Chinese New YearMad Max: Fury Road tops Critics Choice Awards with 9 awardsWho Sleeps My Bro film to hit screens tooFilm fiction captures hip-hop, China styleBoonie Bears sequel sets rare recordThe Last Witch Hunter hits mainland screensDiCaprio, Inarritu welcomed by screaming fans in RomeKung Fu Panda 3 premieres in CaliforniaChina launches crackdown on box office cheatsGao Yuanyuan, Alyssa Chia pose for charityStar couple pose together for Marie ClaireGwei Lun Mei attends Gala Dinner in SwitzerlandLeonardo DiCaprio wants to star as Vladimir PutinSun Li poses with dogs for fashion magazineGlenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles, dead at 67Casts of The Mermaid pose for ElleKris Wu to join 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity GameGong Li presents at film distribution launch ceremonyChinese actors at the Milan Fashion WeekTao Hong poses for nostalgic photosPop diva Céline Dions husband diesHaute couture fur show held in NE ChinaBeijing Style: Furry seasonMilan Fashion Week: Gucci Mens Fall/Winter 2016/17 collectionTop fashion houses bungle Chinese Zodiac-inspired releasesMilan Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood mens collectionChinese actors at the Milan Fashion WeekTop Italian brand seeks to weave its magic in local marketActor Wu Yifan at fashion show in LondonModels present costumes of ethnic groups in YunnanOld french label comes to townFashion briefBeijing Style: Beanies make a comebackIn pics: 1985 edition of A Bite of ChinaTastes of the seaVillagers make flowery cakes to embrace Spring FestivalVillagers busy making Matang as Chinese Spring Festival approachesFit to eat, eat to fitChestnut surpriseEat beatTen delicacies for the upcoming Chinese New YearJapanese rice cooking master share tips in BeijingOldest tea found in Chinese royal tombWalnut producer promotes seasonal fitnessGreen Garlic for Laba FestivalHezhou in Guangxi, the 1st longevity city in ChinaTop 10 travel spots around HainanGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism Destinations Editors PicksPainted stones turn into comic scenesFinest Chinese porcelains expected to fetch over $28 millionHot wordsPalace MuseumEasy TalkChinese Valentines DayGaokaoStart of AutumnCulture InsiderTop 10sTeaDragon Boat FestivalChinese at CannesVideoI am one with Heaven and EarthBritish Council CEO gives insights on China-UK cultural exchangesTaking Renault art collection on the road to BeijingColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-Ray
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