Peking Opera performances at Chinese New Year 2020

All of the Peking Opera performances seen at the Chinese New Year event are performed by talented artists from Beijing Opera and Arts College.

1. The Crossroads

When Jiao Zan is being escorted to his exile to Shaman Island after killing Xie Jinwu, he stays at an inn at a crossroads run by Liu Lihua. Ren Tanghui, having received secret orders to protect Jiao Zan, rushes to the inn to stay there. Due to misunderstanding, Ren Tanghui and Liu Lihua engage in a fierce battle at night. Eventually, the problem is cleared up after mediation by Jiao Zan. 

Performed by:
Chen Mingyang as Liu Lihuan (black costume)
Liu Yuhang as Ren Tanghui (white costume)

2. Monkey king

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, acquires Ding Hai Shen Zhen, the stabilizer of the Four Seas, from the dragon-king of the Eastern Seas and shrinks it down to the size of a sewing needle. In order to make the Monkey King more manageable, the Jade Emperor invites him to Heaven and makes him believe that he will receive an honorable position as one of the gods. But instead, he is appointed Protector of the Horses, the lowest job in Heaven. After finding out the truth, he returns to the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit and proclaims himself The Great Sage, Heaven’s Equal. When he finds that he is excluded from a banquet that includes every other god and goddess, his indignation turns to open defiance, wreaking havoc on Heaven. With iron muscles and golden-gaze fiery eyes, the Monkey King defeats the Army of Heaven sent by the Jade Emperor and returns to the Mountain in triumph.

The role of the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) performed by Li Dan

3. The drunken concubine

The story is about Yang Yuhuan, the favorite concubine of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. Yang Yuhuan invites Emperor Xuanzong to a banquet at the Baihua (meaning all sorts of flowers) Pavilion but the emperor fails to show up. Having known that the emperor is in the Western Palace, Yang Yuhuan becomes so depressed and upset that she decides to dink alone. She repeatedly asks her eunuch servants Gao Lishi and Pei Lishi to fill her wine cup and gradually becomes drunk. In the end, she returns to her palace sorrowfully.

Performed by:
Xu Cui as concubine Yang Yuhuan
Li Dan as eunuch servant Gao Lishi
Wang Haotian as eunuch servant Pei Lishi