This week we went to a performance of Peking opera.
In the past, we had a local group who used to do Cantonese opera. This time it was a professional company, the Jungju Theatre Company of Beijing.
Wow! The bookings were so heavy that two extra performances were scheduled. The audience loved it. I loved it. Wonderful.
The show we saw was One Good Turn Deserves Another. Subtitles were shown on the side walls of the theatre, using a powerpoint presentation. The translations were short, but the ideas were conveyed well.
Amazing headdresses. Bling.
Although the compere described the props as simple and bare, they were still excellent.
And the voices! Spectacular.
I'm guessing that a lot of this cultural history was lost during the Cultural Revolution, but I am so glad it is being revived.