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Once Upon A Dream (360 Video)

The Peony Pavilion is a 1998 production by Peter Sellars, in a mix of Chinese and English translation, of the Ming Dynasty play The Peony Pavilion.

Part One is an avant-garde staging of the traditional Kunqu form of Chinese opera’s staging of the play, which is how the play is usually performed in China. Part Two is a specially-composed two-hour opera by Tan Dun, mixing Chinese and western forms and instruments.

Kun opera or Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, and dominated Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The style originated in the Wu cultural area. It is listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2001.

Kunqu singing techniques are said to have been developed during the Ming Dynasty by Wei Liangfu in the port of Taicang, but linked to the songs of nearby Kunshan. Kunqu performance is closely inter-related with the performance of many other styles of Chinese musical theatre, including Peking opera, which contains much Kunqu repertoire. The emergence of chuanqi plays, commonly sung to Kunqu, is said to have ushered in a “second Golden Era of Chinese drama”. Kunqu troupes experienced a commercial decline in the late 19th century. However, in the early 20th century, Kunqu was re-established by philanthropists as a theatrical genre that was subsequently subsidised by the Communist state. Like all traditional forms, Kunqu suffered setbacks both during the Cultural Revolution and again under the influx of Western culture during the Reform and Opening Up policies, only to experience an even greater revival in the new millennium. Today, Kunqu is performed professionally in seven Mainland Chinese major cities: Beijing (Northern Kunqu Theatre), Shanghai (Shanghai Kunqu Theatre), Suzhou (Suzhou Kunqu Theatre), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province Kunqu Theatre), Chenzhou (Hunan Kunqu Theatre), Yongjia County/Wenzhou (Yongjia Kunqu Theatre) and Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province Kunqu Theatre), as well as in Taipei. Non-professional opera societies are active in many other cities in China and abroad, and opera companies occasionally tour.

There are many plays that continue to be famous today, including The Peony Pavilion and The Peach Blossom Fan, which were originally written for the Kunqu stage. In addition, many classical Chinese novels and stories, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin and Journey to the West were adapted very early into dramatic pieces.

Its melody or tune is one of the Four Great Characteristic Melodies in Chinese opera.

In 2006, Zhou Bing acted as Producer and Art Director for KunQu (Kun Opera) of Sexcentenary. It won Outstanding Documentary Award of 24th China TV Golden Eagle Awards; It won Award of TV Art Features of 21st Starlight Award for 2006.

Filmed by Sichuan radio and television (SRT) as part of a joint project launched by RT360 and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

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As eSports grow, Chinese teams make themselves at home

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Mini-Paris in China: Drone buzzes over Eiffel Tower replica in ‘ghost town’ Tianducheng

Drone footage captured an eerily abandoned Paris, which can be found on a luxury real estate development called Tianducheng, in the Hangzhou region of China.
The Paris replica stands as a ghost town, though Tianducheng boasts its own 300ft Eiffel Tower, which is one-third the size of the original, and the replica even has its own Champs Elysees square. The development was intended to accommodate 10,000 residents, but a combination of factors, including its rural location, means many of the buildings remain uninhabited.

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Vladimir Putin holds press conference following G20 summit (Streamed live)

World leaders have gathered for this year’s two-day G20 summit of the world’s major economies in Hangzhou, China. As the leaders address global economic challenges and the issues of global security, RT brings you the details of the issues covered.

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Putin warms China relations with ice cream

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has brought a box of Russian ice-cream as a gift to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, to the bilateral meeting in Hangzhou.

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Multibillion dollar makeover helps G20 host city sparkle for summit

China has done everything in its capabilities to make sure the eastern city of Hangzhou sparkles for the arrival of world leaders. Ahead of the event, the city has been given a multibillion dollar makeover.

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