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Yunnan  opera: traditional art resounding in busy Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-October-21

Chen Yapin, a first-class performer of Yunnan opera, performs The Legend of the White Snake(《白蛇传》), which is one of the most famous Chinese tales. (Photo/Xie Rui)

Wang Runmei, a performer of Yunnan Opera Theatre, takes a photo before going up onto the stage. (Photo/Xie Rui)

Yunnan opera as a local opera in Kunming has a history of 200 years. The opera has been adored by masses of aged residents in local.

Yunnan Opera was included in the first batch of Yunnan Intangible Cultural and Heritage Protection List in May of 2006. In order to protect Yunnan Opera, there are 56 students enrolled in the Dian Opera class for a 6-year study this fall.

The Yunnan Opera Theatre is located at Dongsi Street(东寺街) of Kunming. Operas narrating the famous traditional Chinese tales are performed in there at regular intervals.

The theatre seats 600 audiences. However, attendance of the Yunnan Opera Theatre is not very high. Most of the audiences are aged people.

Yet tradition is not equivalent to old-fashion, and antiquity does not represent fogyism. It is seems that Yunnan opera sinks into an awkward situation in the rapid pace of life now. (Editors: Tracy, Ryan Li) 

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