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Pictures: blooming Twin Lotuses 09-06-09


  Reported by Chen Huichu and Wang Miao (

  Chongyang Tiqin Drama enjoys a long history and a lot of fans, it is listed into the second group of National Intangible Cultural Heritage. A long narrative poem in Tiqin Drama, Twin Lotuses, will start up formally and be shown in CCTV.

  Stage photos of Twin Lotuses

  Live recording

  Making of vocal music

  Rehearse spot

  Putting on makeup

  Practising opera off the stage

  Setting up stage before performance

  News spot

  In the morning of May 30th, Yu Guangya, who is a professional player of Tiqin, came to the Tianchen Theater of Chongyang County. He didn’t sleep well last night.

  “The teleplay version of Twin Lotuses will start up formally and it will be shown in China Centre Television (CCTV), this makes me so excited”. In the backstage, Mr. Yu practiced continually and recited the dialogue repeatedly.

  It may cost one ten years to practice for one minute in the stage. Yu Guangya told the reporter, they have declined almost 20 performances and spent no effort to practice since they received the message that their drama would be shown in CCTV. Every single action, every dialogue, every tune, every expression should be practiced repeatedly. Yu clearly remembered that they once practiced drama for more than 10 times, it made his legs trembled.

  Not only Mr. Yu felt the pressure, but also Pang Xizhu, a young Tiqin player, felt that he shouldered heavy responsibility. Tiqin Drama was listed as one of the National Intangible Cultural Heritages, it depends on us whether Tiqin Drama can be inherited and popularized well. Pang Xizhu felt dual pressures, one of them is that though his performance was welcomed usually by people of the county, but he has never accepted systematic practice, he afraid that he can’t perform well. The other pressure is that he feels anxious for the reason that it’s the first time for him to face many cameras and it will be popularized to the whole country.

  Ye Zhixin, who performed as a governor in the drama, felt so relaxed and said that the drama was passed finally. What made him felt relaxed was that their drama couldn’t reach the expectancy of the director and had been interrupted for many times during the rehearsal for the reason that the actors were so excited and anxious. But after they practiced for many times, actors overcome their emotional obstacles gradually, so the performance became fluent.

  “What we should do is to make audiences feel the complicated interpersonal relationship, happiness and sorrow of the drama without the limit of time and space by our actions and dialogue”. Ye Zhixin felt that every actor found the position of its role and performed well in the rehearsal after their cooperation for many times.

  A perfect combination of drama and poem

  Since the reform and opening up in 1978, Chongyang Tiqin Drama has met its flourishing development. The number of rural troupe reached 89 in its peak. There were various forms of troupe such as troupes from villages and towns, family troupe, the number of amateurish actors reached more than 2000, the number of showing of various dramas reached over 40,000.

  It has been a long time that the academic field held a view that the Han nationality has no other long narrative poems in folk except Peacock Flies to the Southeast. In the 1950s, after the discovery of Twin Lotuses, a long folk poem of Chongyang, it was described as a cultural pearl by scholars and experts, which can be compared with Peacock Flies to the Southeast. Mrs. Li Huifen, a professor of Wuhan University, said that Twin Lotuses and The Biography of Zhong Jiu are excellent national treasures after she read them earnestly.

  Twin Lotuses, a long narrative poem, which is composed of 360 folk songs, every stanza contains 5 sentences, it’s rhymed by the dialect of Chongyang. It has fluent rhythms and full of pure atmosphere of village. It is a romantic tragedy happened in later Qing Dynasty, it tells a story that Yang Sanbao, Zheng Xiuying, a pair of young people, who love each other deeply, but their love suffered from the abuse of feudal system and finally they died for their love. The story reflects that young people in feudal time resisted against arranged marriage, the power of authority, of clansman, of husband.

  Twin Lotuses is adapted for Tiqin Drama and has many versions in Chongyang. This time, the version created by Chen Guifang, who is a 60-year-old retiree of the National Tax Bureau of Chongyang, was taken as the script of the teleplay.

  The teleplay of Twin Lotuses has 4 pieces, every piece lasts for 45 minutes. There are ten farewells and ten sighs in the narrative poem, and in the script of the teleplay, some of them are modified, the essences of the 360 folk songs are concentrated in the teleplay.  (Pictured by Yuan Can, written by Gan Qing,)

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