Theater season opens in Beijing's traditional neighborhoods, offering visitors vivid entertainment
Web Editor:International daily
Beijing's traditional neighborhoods added to the artistic atmosphere as various outdoor theater performances raised their proverbial curtains on Friday night to entertain visitors wandering the ancient streets.
The 2020 Nanluoguxiang Theatre Season is based around the theme of "Drama Warm City". The opening performances centered on "Nanluoguxiang" and "warmth", and the surrounding hutongs -- or traditional neighborhoods -- and river were used as natural stages.
The whole performance is a fusion of drama, opera, dance and other diverse art forms, and reflects the Beijing charm, and the aim of having the performances outside was to encourage more audience interaction with the performers.
Apart from the night performances, the theater season will also provide various featured events including drama-themed saloons, live-streaming performances and offline original drama shows in and around the Beijing tourist spot. It will present a rich dramatic feast to the audience over the next three months.
This is the ninth Nanluoguxiang Theatre Season, and over the years 387 plays have been published, more than 1,100 performances have been held and over 250,000 spectators have attended.
"I think the festival is really lively. I live in the neighborhoods nearby and I just came to look around. And I found that lots of these theatrical performances can literally highlight Chinese traditional culture, especially Beijing's folk customs," said an audience member.
Nanluoguxiang is a narrow alley about 800 meters long with traditional architecture, and is a famous tourist spot in Beijing.
The hutongs are a type of narrow street or alley commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, especially Beijing.
This type of neighborhood was first established in the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368) and then expanded in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, and many of them are now designated protected in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.
These structures represent an important cultural element in the city. Thanks to the city's long history and status as a capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes and some have even witnessed historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of common Beijingers.