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Symphonic Chinese opera sans gongs, clappers

AN experimental Peking Opera features Western symphonic music - no traditional gongs, cymbals, wooden clappers and stringed instruments.

The classic "Female Generals of the Yang Family" will be staged next month at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The extravagant production is a collaboration between the theater and the Shanghai Peking Opera House.

"We want to find a new positioning for traditional Chinese operas to cater to the tastes of today's young audience," says Zhang Zhe, director of Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Based on the original Peking Opera version of the classic, the play tells the story of heroic female warriors of the Yang family during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

The new version features breathtaking stage design and costumes. The production features innovative performance elements, while the original flavor will be retained, says Zhang.

Date: August 31-September 1, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theatre, 300 People's Ave

Tickets: 50-480 yuan

Tel: 6386-8686


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