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/ Music and TheaterDraw of the SouthBy Chen Nan|China Daily|2017-06-05 07:14Shao Tianshuai, a star with the Northern Kunqu Opera Theater, is known for her performances of The Peony Pavilion and A Dream of the Red Mansions. [Photo provided to China Daily]Cong Zhaohuan sits in a spacious courtyard surrounded by brick walls that are being torn down. A six-story building, which is being emptied, is nearby.Its the location of the Northern Kunqu Opera Theater, where Cong, 86, has worked for six decades.Located in downtown Beijing, the Northern Kunqu Opera Theater is the only professional theater in northern China dedicated to Kunqu, a Chinese opera with a history of around 600 years. Born in the regions south of the Yangtze River, such as Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Kunqu Opera is performed in the melodic Suzhou dialect.Combining singing, dancing and acting, the art form was listed as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2001.”This place is like a gold mine. You cannot imagine how many great Kunqu artists worked here and how many masterpieces they created here,” says Cong.Previous1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NextPrevious1 2 3 4 5 6 7 NextPhotoMajor changes of gaokao in 40 yearsKunqu theater marks 60 years in BeijingBefore and after: 5 years of poverty alleviation in Guangxi24 Solar Terms: 7 things about Grain in EarDance drama celebrates Kumule Festival in NE ChinaTop 10 most influential cities worldwideRelated StoriesPrince of Kunqu Opera gives Lujiazui lectureKunqu Opera hits new heights at Lujiazui sky gardenHamlet, as told by Kunqu Opera star149-volume encyclopedia of Kunqu Opera published in BeijingBacheng holds Kunqu Opera festivalBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263Registration Number: 130349About China DailyAdvertise on SiteContact UsJob OfferExpat EmploymentFOLLOW US

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