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The peony pavilion [videorecording]

Title
The peony pavilion [videorecording] / Image Entertainment ; co-produced by RM Associates, LGM, SFP, La Sept ARTE, Mezzo, SBS TV Australia, Festival d'automne à Paris, and Lincoln Center Festival ; video directed by Derek Bailey with Siân Busby ; video produced by Colin Wilson ; a Kunju opera written by Tang Xianzu ; music notation by Ye Tang ; production conceived and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng.
Publication
Chatsworth, Calif : Image Entertainment, c2001.

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Description
1 videodisc (174 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)
Uniform Title
Peony pavilion (Choreographic work)
Alternative Title
Mudan ting
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Documentaries and factual films and programs.
  • Music.
  • Video.
Note
  • Widescreen. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1. Enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
  • Audio options: Dolby digital 5.1, Dolby stereo 2.0.
  • Opera sung in Chinese with optional subtitles in English, Chinese or French ; narration in English.
  • Originally broadcast by PBS, 2000.
  • For accompanying booklet, see: *MGZIDVD 5-24 [Notes].
Credits (note)
  • Set, Huang Haiwei ; costumes, Cheng Shuyi ; lighting and properties, Yi Liming. Performance produced by the Lincoln Center Festival and the Festival d'Automne à Paris. Original production co-produced by the Lincoln Center Festival, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Sydney Festival, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Video produced in association with the Centre national de la Cinématographie.
Performer (note)
  • Qian Yi (Du Liniang) ; Wen Yuhang (Liu Mengmei) ; Wen Fulin (Du Bao, ghost) ; Lin Sen (Sister Stone, janitor, soldier) ; Shan Jing (Chen Zuiliang [tutor], flower spirit) ; Song Yang (Madam Du, elder, Taoist nun, prostitute) ; Yu Qingwang (judge of Hell, Dame Li, Tartar king) ; Jia Yonghong (Spring Fragrance [maid], prostitute, elder) ; Liu Ming (Commissioner Miao, Camel Guo) ; Luo Wenshuai (Scholar Han, Scabby Turtle, innkeeper) ; Liu Qingchun (bandit king, silkworm woman, jailer) ; Zang Yanyan (lad, herdboy, Taoist nun, soldier) ; Zhou Jun (officer, Tartar general, tea woman) ; Xie Dong (bailiff, black ghost, gatekeeper) ; Wei Jia (sergeant, prostitute, little ghost) ; Sun Yahui (horseman, white ghost) ; Dai Tongkun (tea woman, buffalo-headed ghost) ; Zhang Zuguang (farmer, janitor, big ghost) ; Ma Shaoliang (storyteller) ; Hua Meng (Pingtan storyteller) ; Wu Yongli (merchant, silkworm woman) ; Sang Lin (imperial counselor, farmer) ; Wen Hui (horse-faced ghost, herdboy).
  • Storyteller: Robert Powell.
Event (note)
  • Recorded in performance at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France.
Contents
  • Feature presentation (c2000 ; ca. 122 min.) / includes a 5-min. introduction. Abridged version of a re-creation of a Chinese opera of the Ming Dynasty, based on a play by 16th-century dramatist Tang Xianzu (1550-1616). The work, which is in the Kunju opera style, combines singing, recitation, dancing, acrobatics, stilt-walking, martial arts, female impersonation, and puppetry. Its central plot depicts the love story of the beautiful Du Liniang and the scholar Liu Mengmei. Voiceover narration in English clarifies key points in the action.
  • A Chinese cracker: the making of The peony pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris (c2000 ; ca. 52 min.) / produced by RM Associates in association with SBS TV ; written and directed by Derek Bailey ; China and U.S. sequences directed by Bill Shebar. Interviewees: Chen Shi-Zheng, Zhou Ming, Wen Yuhang, Qian Yi. Documentary on the re-creation of the opera, much of it related by its director Chen Shi-Zheng. The program opens with a plot synopsis ; a description of the production's beginnings in China ; background material on the work's 16th-century origins and its playwright Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) ; a discussion by music director Zhou Ming of the score, notated in 1792 by Ye Tang. After the production's cancellation in 1998, which was forced by political objections from the Shanghai government, Chen is seen starting anew at Jacob's Pillow, and discussing the lack of creative freedom in 20th-century China. The program explains the special characteristics of the Kunju style, and the traditional Chinese theatrical elements that were incorporated into the production. Also included are brief biographies of Chen and the principal performers, and interviews with Wen Yuhang and Qian Yi, who play the romantic leads. The program closes with scenes from the opera's triumphal performances in New York and Paris in 1999.
Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-24
Title
The peony pavilion [videorecording] / Image Entertainment ; co-produced by RM Associates, LGM, SFP, La Sept ARTE, Mezzo, SBS TV Australia, Festival d'automne à Paris, and Lincoln Center Festival ; video directed by Derek Bailey with Siân Busby ; video produced by Colin Wilson ; a Kunju opera written by Tang Xianzu ; music notation by Ye Tang ; production conceived and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng.
Imprint
Chatsworth, Calif : Image Entertainment, c2001.
Event
Recorded in performance at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France.
Credits
Set, Huang Haiwei ; costumes, Cheng Shuyi ; lighting and properties, Yi Liming. Performance produced by the Lincoln Center Festival and the Festival d'Automne à Paris. Original production co-produced by the Lincoln Center Festival, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Sydney Festival, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Video produced in association with the Centre national de la Cinématographie.
Cast
Qian Yi (Du Liniang) ; Wen Yuhang (Liu Mengmei) ; Wen Fulin (Du Bao, ghost) ; Lin Sen (Sister Stone, janitor, soldier) ; Shan Jing (Chen Zuiliang [tutor], flower spirit) ; Song Yang (Madam Du, elder, Taoist nun, prostitute) ; Yu Qingwang (judge of Hell, Dame Li, Tartar king) ; Jia Yonghong (Spring Fragrance [maid], prostitute, elder) ; Liu Ming (Commissioner Miao, Camel Guo) ; Luo Wenshuai (Scholar Han, Scabby Turtle, innkeeper) ; Liu Qingchun (bandit king, silkworm woman, jailer) ; Zang Yanyan (lad, herdboy, Taoist nun, soldier) ; Zhou Jun (officer, Tartar general, tea woman) ; Xie Dong (bailiff, black ghost, gatekeeper) ; Wei Jia (sergeant, prostitute, little ghost) ; Sun Yahui (horseman, white ghost) ; Dai Tongkun (tea woman, buffalo-headed ghost) ; Zhang Zuguang (farmer, janitor, big ghost) ; Ma Shaoliang (storyteller) ; Hua Meng (Pingtan storyteller) ; Wu Yongli (merchant, silkworm woman) ; Sang Lin (imperial counselor, farmer) ; Wen Hui (horse-faced ghost, herdboy).
Performer
Music director: Zhou Ming.
Musicians: Zhou Ming (dizi) ; Tang Ji-Rong (percussion) ; Liu Qi-Chao (sheng) ; Gao Hong (pipa) ; Wang Linsong (sanxian) ; Zhao Yangqin (yang qin) ; Huang Chenglin (zhong ruang, gu zheng) ; Zhang Qi Lan (erhu) ; Zhang Qing (zhonghu) ; Bao Moli (xiaoluo) ; Wei Guoyong (naoba) ; Li Min (daluo).
Storyteller: Robert Powell.
Added Author
Qian, Yi. Performer. Interviewee
Wen, Yuhang. Performer. Interviewee
Powell, Robert, 1944- Narrator
Chen, Shizheng. Conceptor. Director. Interviewee
Zhou, Ming. Commentator. Conductor. Musician. Interviewee
Tang, Xianzu, 1550-1616. Mu dan ting.
Ye, Tang, active 18th century. Composer
Huang, Haiwei. Set designer
Cheng, Shuyi. Costume designer
Yi, Liming. Designer. Lighting designer
Bailey, Derek. Director
Shebar, Bill. Director
Busby, Siân. Director
Reiner Moritz Associates.
Société française de production.
Sept/Arte (Firm)
Special Broadcasting Service (Australia)
Image Entertainment (Firm)
Lincoln Center Festival.
Festival d'automne à Paris.
Added Title
Mudan ting [videorecording]
Peony pavilion (Choreographic work)
Research Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-24 Notes on file
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