By Deben Battacharya
Approx. 28 min.
This film documentary, originally made in 1983 by famed ethnomusicologist Battacharya, has been remastered and is now on DVD. The purpose of the documentary was to feature the music and dance and social customs related to the everyday life of the people of China.
Chinese Opera opens in the make-up room of the People's Theatre in Canton, where the cast is preparing for a 300-year-old Cantonese opera called Nliu Yi Chuan Su, a romance and then moves on to an acrobatic training school for future opera stars. The DVD concludes with a performance by the Northern Opera Group in Beijing. The viewer is given an in-depth, first-hand experience of this fascinating ancient art form. Public performance rights are given with ownership of this DVD. English narration.
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