Full Moon and Drunken Beauty 贵妃醉酒

posted Sep 26, 2018, 5:30 PM by Louisa H   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 7:57 AM ]
Full moon is an auspicious and family reunion symbol in the Chinese Culture.  The Drunken Beauty is on her joyful way to see her husband the Emperor.  She is so proud of being a born beauty, even brighter than the full moon.  When seeing her, all flowers are too shy to bloom, fishes are too shy to swim, and wild geese would fall down from the sky.  This is what was elaborated by DCBBO yesterday in the Beijing Opera Classics, the Drunken Beauty, at George Washington University in observance of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2018.

中秋节,天上一轮明月,月下一位佳人,太监宫女环伺左右,满心欢喜去见郎君。闭了月,也羞了花;沉了鱼,也落了雁。传统京剧经典《贵妃醉酒》一开场的四平调,翻来覆去地就是抒发着唐朝贵妃杨玉环的月下好心情和对于幸福生活的信心满满,也就为后面遭冷落而借酒消愁的种种情节形成强烈反差。昨天我在现场,看京剧之花成员翁叙園在她曾经就读的乔治华盛顿大学演绎这一传世之作,遥想百年以前梅兰芳大师初访纽约时,即以此剧惊艳美国观众,真是如梦如幻,一时不知身在何处。



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