The 2022 BHC Online Performance Season, which runs until June 25, will feature daily cloud performances of traditional Chinese opera and modern theater. More than 30 stage productions by 14 troupes will be broadcast on BHC’s Douyin, WeChat and Bilibili accounts.
Kunqu, Huangmei, Yueju and Huiju operas, as well as children’s dances and plays, are part of the performances. Many of them have won prestigious theatrical accolades, such as the Wenhua Prize and the Lotus Chinese Dance Awards.
Chen Yingwu, the founder of BHC, hopes to provide free access to Chinese culture, arts and aesthetics to online viewers. Founded in 2011, BHC is a locally based cultural media company that plays an active role in ensuring the viability of traditional forms of the performing arts by developing audiences and raising awareness among the general public.
“It is also our effort to enrich people’s cultural life during the pandemic,” Chen said. “When the shows were shown in theaters, many of them were so popular that tickets were hard to come by. Now people can watch them for free at home.”
Among the performances are the dance dramas “A Tang Dynasty Banquet” and “Goddess of the Luo River”, the poetic cross concert “The Sound of Porcelain”, the revolutionary opera “Red Boat”, the youth version of the opera Kunqu “The Peony”. Pavilion”, the symphonic performance “Ode to the River, Lake and Sea”, the Huangmei opera “Thunderstorm”, the Yueju opera “The West Chamber” and the original play “Across the Ocean to See You”.
“A Tang Dynasty Banquet” and “Goddess of the Luo River” combine elegant traditional Chinese dance moves with cutting-edge technology to showcase stunning visuals and provide insight into the brilliance of ancient Chinese culture.
“The Sound of Porcelain” traces the history of porcelain and porcelain instruments. The concert also includes dance and improvisation performances.
Pai Hsien-yung, a Taiwanese writer and scholar, adapted “The Peony Pavilion” written by playwright Tang Xianzu in 1598 for the Kunqu opera. It is an innovative adaptation of the classic that aims to make this 600-year-old art form more accessible and appealing to young audiences. The youth version is shorter, with simpler plots but sumptuous settings.
“Red Boat” tells the story of the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which was held on a small red boat on Nanhu Lake in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. It was also the site of the announcement of the formation of the CCP.
Huangmei Opera “Thunderstorm,” based on the late Chinese playwright Cao Yu’s representative play of the same name, is a tragic story about a seemingly large and happy family during a period of China’s tremendous social transition in the 1930s.
The romantic story of Zhang Sheng, a young scholar, and Cui Yingying, the daughter of a minister, is told in the Yueju opera “The West Room”. The original play was written by Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) playwright Wang Shifu, and is set in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Zhang and Cui fall in love after meeting in the garden of Pujiu Temple. Following this, the young couple begins to search for their freedom to choose love.
‘Ode to the River, Lake, and Sea’ is a musical interpretation of the splendor of China’s natural landscapes and folk arts, while ‘Across the Ocean to See You’ tells the touching story of a long-estranged couple. almost 40 years. through the Taiwan Strait.
In addition, the creative cultural products of the Palace Museum will be integrated into the online shows. Some artists will interact with the audience and share their experiences related to performing art.