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Yun from Shen Fu’s autobiography Six Chapters of a Floating Life, was recently brought to life in a Kunqu Opera.
One of the loveliest women in Chinese literature, Yun in Shen Fu’s autobiography Six C上海千花网
hapters of a Floating Life, recently had her life story told in a Kunqu Opera play by Shanghai Grand Theatre.
上海千花网女神会所The first production of SGT, Six Chapters of a Floating Life was premiered in the theater on July 13. A major project sup
ported by the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation, the play is the first production solely by SGT.
In May when the production was announced and box-上海千花网
office sales kicked off, the tickets sold out for the premiere night within 28 hours.
The Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News praised the play to be “a highly aesthetic new Kun
上海千花网女神会所qu Opera production, deeply rooted in the tradition, without losing relevance to the contemporary view of beauty”.
Encouraged by the success of the premiere, SGT has decided to present a second round of performances over Nov 22-24.
“We hope to add the play to our repertoire so that it can go on to be sta上海千花网
ged for many years to come,” says Zhang Xiaoding, the general manager of SGT.
Shen Fu (1763-1825) recounted his life in Suzhou with his wife, Ch上海千花网女神会所
en Yun, in the autobiographical book Six Chapters of a Floating Life.
上海千花网In the book he recalled the happiness of ordinary family life, the cas
ual discussions with his wife about literature and art, the experience of traveling tog
ether and of enduring hardships and poverty, until losing his wife to illness away from home.上海千花网女神会所
The book has been popular in China since the late 19th century, and loved for its vivid writing and the deep emotions.
Six Chapters of a Floating Life has been translated into many languages.