I found a pretty 18min long audience recording of yesterday’s performance by the Xiaobaihua Shaoxing Opera Troupe, mentioned in the previous post.
It was a large-scale edition with beautiful costumes, big sets, modern lighting and gorgeous sound effects. I usually prefer the “one table, two chairs” setup in Beijing opera, but Shaoxing opera is such a different story. The Broadway-ish, the better. :P
Wu Fenghua is so breathtaking that I feel physical pain in the chest due to the extreme grievance I couldn’t be there and see this!
: 新版越剧《狸猫换太子》Limao Huan Taizi (Exchanging the Crown Prince with a Raccoon) [DOWNLOAD] 363MB
Performed by Wu Fenghua (吴凤花).
It’s the sorrowful ending scene (a happy end all in all though), Wu Fenghua is showing off her powerful singing and acrobatic skills while playing with a bloody cape and long watersleeves, throwing her hair and crawling on knees. Well, a second Plum Blossom Award isn’t given out to anyone.
I just saw an entertainment video about “ponytail spinning”, it’s not so easy at it seems. A professional actress was teaching the skill to four amateurs, after three hours they still couldn’t manage with one single round. It is said that “hair- and beardwork” in Chinese opera is a very tiring activity. Plus, you get dizzy.
The story of this play was briefly summarized here before (see Duan Taihou). The Shaoxing opera version Judge Bao appears at the end of the video. What exactly the animal in the title is, I’m uncertain – it can be a tanuki, a palm civet or a leopard cat: irrelevant but I’m somehow curious.
Additional downloadable goodie for today: The Drunken Princess, old yueju TV play with a young and bearded Wu Fenghua. Isn’t she just lovely? ;)
Video and picture: weibo.com/klddiudiu