Hunan Flower Drum Opera staged in Wuhan
The four capital cities, Wuhan, Changsha, Hefei and Nanchang, work together to pursue a Coordinated development of the four cities with the resonant harmonies of Greening Yangtze River. On the evening of April 9th, the fifth Commercial and Cultural Communication Show of Capital Cities (city cluster in middle reaches of Yangtze River) was held in Qintai Grand Theater in Wuhan. Changsha staged a Flower Drum Opera named Liu Hai Cuts Firewood (listed as a national intangible cultural heritage), and a folk dancing Clear Liuyang River, both of which impressed attendees with Hunan culture.
In the past few years, capital cities of Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Anhui (abbreviated to E, Xiang, Gan and Wan respectively in Chinese) have taken efforts to carry out exchanges on cultural collaboration by virtue of the city cluster in middle reaches of Yangtze River, and conduct resources integration on opera transmission, exhibition of cultural relics, art performances and protection of intangible cultural heritage, in order to establish a cooperative mechanism for cultural communication. Capital cities, including those mentioned above, will be invited to participate in 2017 Azalea Art Festival held in Changsha. Also, classical operas with local characteristics, such as Flower Drum Opera, Lu Opera and Chu Opera, were performed in the cultural communication show held on the evening of April 9th to display distinctive cultural charms.
As a national intangible cultural heritage, Flower Drum Opera has a masterpiece called Liu Hai Cuts Firewood, of which the classical aria is not only widely known in Hunan, but also favored by audiences nationwide. On the evening of April 9th, the opera Hai Ge and Jiu Mei brought by Changsha Protection and Inheritance Center of Flower Drum Opera got a round of applause due to its impressive local characteristics. Clear Liuyang River, a folk dancing performed by Changsha Song and Dance Theater, is extracted from an original folk stage performance Households by Liuyang River. The folk dancing centers around a song, a river and a city, and integrates the geographical features, local customs, building characteristics, intangible cultural heritage and festival culture to unfold a scroll painting, showing picturesque Liuyang River, uncovering diligence, wisdom, hospitality and goodness of people bred by mother river--Liuyang River, and manifesting the spirit and integrity of Changsha citizens.
By Lin Chunyou
Source: Changsha Evening News