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New Changsha opera fuses together range of cultural traditions

Updated: 2017-05-22

 
Flowers in February, an opera celebrating Changsha's national-level intangible cultural heritage, debuted at Changsha Experimental Theater on May 15 as part of the Changsha year of 2017 Culture City of East Asia.

 

The creative team responsible for the production integrated Hunan embroidery, Tongguan kiln work, Changsha folk songs and dancing in order to present a unique and dynamic imagining of Hunan province capital culture.

 

An opera featuring Changsha's national-level intangible cultural heritages debuts at Changsha Experimental Theater on May 15. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

"Traditional cultures and local customs are an important way of presenting the city's charm to the outside world," said Gao Shan, head of Changsha's publicity department.

 

Flowers in February tells the story of a romance between an embroidery girl and a pottery maker in Changsha. Funded by National Endowment for the Arts, the opera will tour around the country this year.

 

The leading roles are played by young actors, a decision which has been seen as a means of vitalizing the opera and showing the passion young people have for traditional culture.

 

Zhang Di plays the lead role of the embroidery girl in the opera Flowers in February. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]

 

Young performers dance among the mist during one of the opera's eye-catching scenes. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]

 

Source: Changsha Evening News