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Classic love tale is young at heart

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-01-14 08:28

Shen Fengying (left) and Yu Jiulin from Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theater of Jiangsu will play heroine Du Liniang and hero Liu Mengmei in the "youth version" of The Peony Pavilion at Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing on Saturday. CHINA DAILY

"We are not as young as we were in 2004 but we have gained more experience as Kunqu Opera performers, which allows us to better express the subtle feelings of the characters," she adds.

With a history of about 600 years, Kunqu Opera is considered China's oldest opera form and one of its most influential theatrical traditions. Like many traditional art forms, it was once on the verge of extinction. In 2001, Kunqu Opera was listed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, which helped the ancient art form to receive more protection and survive.

In January 2021, Yu and Shen performed the full "youth version" of The Peony Pavilion in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, to a sold-out theater.

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