Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

This Peking Opera performance offers a spectacular display of music, song, mime, glorious costumes, amazing martial arts and acrobatics, offering an unforgettable glimpse of ancient China! Combining singing and dialogue with acrobatic tumbling and kungfu fighting, performers stage an unforgettable glimpse of ancient China! This festival features Ziwei Liu and Wu Han Peking Opera Company of China. The performance will be in Chinese with English subtitles.

Synopsis: The plot of this drama centers on a poor girl, who, at six years of age experiences the pain of having her feet bound; at eighteen, relyingon her "three-inch golden lotuses" (as her bound feet are euphemistically called), she marries into a wealthy family. In a competition with the other women in the family to see who has the prettiest and smallest fet, she wins and becomes the head of the household. The performance features twenty actors trained in the traditional technique of using specially desgined shoes to imitate bound feet. Great skill is required to perform with these shoes, and the effect is exquisite.

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