Revamped drama brings Han Dynasty to life
The improved version of the drama "Da Han Yi Ren" debuts in Changsha on April 9. [Photo/new.changsha.cn]
The drama is based on specific history and culture dating from the Western Han Dynasty that was unearthed at the Mawangdui Tombs in Changsha's Furong district in 1972.
The drama uses dynamic lighting and blends traditional Chinese music, dance, and martial arts to present society 2,000 years ago. [Photo/new.changsha.cn]
Using a specially created lighting program and staging a blend of traditional Chinese music, dance, and martial arts, the drama tales audiences back 2,000 years ago and realizes the life of Xin Zhui. Xin was wife of the prime minister of the Changsha Kingdom during the early Western Han Dynasty and the drama navigates some of the challenges she faced.
The drama "Da Han Yi Ren" tells the life story of Xin Zhui, the wife of the prime minister of the Changsha Kingdom during the early Western Han Dynasty, 2,000 years ago. [Photo/new.changsha.cn]
The production team did a lot of research to create authenticity and originality on stage. This manifests most notably in a traditional Chinese wedding and representations of the earliest gymnastic exercises known in the world.
An earlier version of the drama was staged for the first time last year and has so far attracted more than 100,000 visitors since its opening. To celebrate the opening of the new site of Hunan Provincial Museum this September, the production team improved the drama through plot changes and tightening various aspects of the performance.
It is expected that the drama will become widely recognized as an emblem of Hunan culture and help to promote regional tourism.