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Luo Huaizhen

LI YAXIAN

LI YAXIAN

National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Xie Ping'an

2 hours, without breaks.

Sichuan opera is a form of operatic theatre the origins of which lie in Sichuan Province in southwestern China. It has become a popular and characteristic part of the theatre culture of other provinces and urban centers as well, in particular Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces. Sichuan Opera is characterized by unique solos, expressive acting, rich percussion, and bold comedy performed by talented comedians, whose skills are unparalleled in the world. The opera's application to be included on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage list is currently pending. Li Yaxian is performed magnificently by the Sichuan Opera artist Shen Tiemei. Her rendition is captivatingly expressive of the spicy style of Sichuan Opera.

Sichuan Opera features vivid, humorous narration, singing, and acrobatics. It also boasts a system of stylized movements, and the acting is both graceful and lively. Sichuan Opera performances are always full of wit, humor, lively dialogues, and distinctive local flavors. To portray special characters, the Opera incorporates a series of stunts, including the famous dramatic art of “face-changing.” In Chinese opera, facial makeup is usually painted, but in Sichuan Opera, the performer can change his or her facial makeup in the snap of a finger right on stage.

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Xie Ping'an

Xie Ping'an

 

Xie Ping’an (1940-2014), a famous opera and drama director in China, was Director of the Chinese Dramatists’ Association and Permanent Director of the Sichuan Dramatists’ Association. Over the course of a career that spanned 56 years, he directed and conducted some 60 productions with wisdom and insight, covering 30 distinctive operatic styles. He has won many awards, including First Prize for Directing of the Wenhua Awards and First Prize for Directing at the 4th China Theatre Festival, and he was included among the “Top Ten Directors” of Films, TV Dramas and Operas of Sichuan Province.

Face-Changing, along with other operas directed by him, has won the Top Ten National Quality Stage Productions four years in a row and the Wenhua Award for five consecutive years, setting a new record in Chinese opera history.

His major works include the following: Sichuan Operas: Dead Water, Face-Changing, Chinese Princess Tulanduo, Pan Jinlian, Hua Ziliang; Peking Operas: Hua Ziliang, Princess Xuebao; Meihu Opera: The Late Roses; and Kun Opera: Zhuang Yuan Zhang Xie; Yue Opera: Yang Naiwu.

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