《霸王别姬》Farewell, My Lady

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:24 PM by Louisa H
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梅派经典名剧。西楚霸王项羽有勇无谋,刚愎自用,误中李左车诱兵之计,被困垓下。项羽见大势已去,扶骓长叹,虞姬拔剑起舞,慷慨悲歌。此刻汉军攻至,虞姬恐误其行,持剑自刎。项羽领兵出战,兵败,自刎于乌江。虞姬的剑舞是京剧史上的经典,刚柔并济的曼妙舞姿很好地烘托了人物强颜欢笑的复杂心情并促进了剧情的流动。
 This act is one of the most famous classics of Mei Lan Fang performing style of Beijing Opera. Xiang Yu the King of Xi Chu was trapped at Gaixia by his opponent Han troops.  Yu Ji, Xiang’s favorite concubine, sang and danced with her sword in order to cheer up the king.  However it was written that they were to lose the war.  Lady Yu Ji committed suicide with the sword with an attempt to free the King from his care about her.  And so did the King in the end.  The sword dance is the highlight of this act, which depicts the complex emotion of Lady Yu Ji who smiles with tears in heart.


勸君王飲酒聽虞歌,
Your Majesty, pray enjoy your drink and listen to my singing.


解君憂悶舞婆娑。
I dance to soothe your sorrow and grief.

贏秦無道把江山破,
Because the unjust Emperor Qin has failed the country,

英雄四路起干戈。
All the heroes have started an uprising.


自古常言不欺我,
The old proverb is true:


成敗興亡一剎那,
Success or failure, rise or fall, nothing lasts forever.

 

寬心飲酒寶帳坐!
Please relax and enjoy the moment.

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