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A Chinese cracker the making of The peony pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris

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Alternate title:Making of The peony pavilion
Summary:Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The peony pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love literally triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their effort to stage the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming.
English and Chinese dialogue with English subtitles.
Contributor:Shi-Zeng, Chen
Shebar, Bill
Tang, Xianzu 1550-1616
Provider:Reiner Moritz Associates
Special Broadcasting Service (Australia)
Films for the Humanities (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Topical subjects:Operas, Chinese
Mu dan ting
Tang, Xianzu 1550-1616
Credits:Narrated by Robert Powell.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Performing Arts, Music
Films@UM Browse terms:China
Asian Studies
Performing Arts
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