Product: Peking Opera Chun Gui Meng; Tiao Hua Che
Starring: Zhang Huoding, Zhang Huoqian, Jia Shiming
Performed by Zhang Huoding Opera Studio of China National Peking Opera Company
Published by Beijing Culture & Art Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: 1 DVD
This performance is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of China Peking Opera Theatre.
Peking Opera Tiao Hua Che, Overturning the Armored Vehicles, Overturning the Iron Chariot, a Big Spear Battling Down-sliding Chariots,
This famous traditional Peking Opera play Tiao Hua Che depicts a story from the historical novel "Yue Fei": In the South Song Dynasty (1127-1279) the army of Song in command of Yue Fei (1103-1142) was defeated by the enemy in command of Jin Kingdom (1103-1142) Wuzhou (?-1149) at the Ox Head Mountain. Yue was besieged. The Song army banner-guarding general Gao Biao at the hilltop overlooked his commander in chief in danger. He rode down the hill to assault the enemy and raised the siege of Jin. The enemy then beats a retreat and Gao chases them in the flush of victory. The retreating enemy pushes their armored vehicles from the top of the hill in an attempt to stop the advance of Yue Fei's army. With all his might, Gao overturns many of the vehicles but, in the end, is crushed to death by the last vehicle.
Peking Opera Chun Gui Meng, Dream of a Bride, Dream of the Young Lady's Boudoir
Peking Opera play Chun Gui Meng was performed by Mr Cheng Yanqiu (1904-1958), the founder of Peking Opera Cheng style, for the first time.
In the 3rd Century of the late Han Dynasty warlords battled each other for domain by force. A young woman's newly wedded husband was taken away to join a warlord's force and dead in battle a short time later. Day by day, she thinks about her husband and starts dreaming about the death of her husband in a bloody war.