Music Industry News Network [06-29-2018]

The Silk Road International Music Alliance Platform Presented Chinese Musical Form Sichuan At MIDEM 2018



A large-scale musical Zhuo Wenjun, Lady of Sichuan, an original production jointly created by the Chengdu Media Group, Chenghua District People's Government and Sichuan Folk's Music and Dance Troupe, was promoted and performed live at the Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale (MIDEM) in Cannes, France. The ancient province of Shu of the Western Han dynasty, Chinese music and poetry, talent and beauty...this "made in Chengdu" original musical production was inspired by the love story between Zhuo Wenjun, daughter of a Western Han dynasty magnate from the city of Linqiong, and renowned literati and musician Sima Xiangru, and is an iteration of the poignant musical epic Feng Qiu Huang (a Song of Courtship).

Zhuo Wenjun, daughter of iron mogul Zhuo Wangsun from Linqiong in Sichuan province, was well-known as one of ancient China's four most talented ladies for her beauty, elegance and proficiency in music and the ancient zither. The poem Baitou Yin (Song of White Hair), renowned for its classic line "willing to have the heart of one person, and stay together until hairs turn white," is attributed to her. Her romantic tale with famed Han dynasty literati Sima Xiangru continues to captivate readers even today, and Feng Qiu Huang that Sima Xiangru wrote for her has become yet another classic. The musical adopts the legendary and romantic yet turbulent love story between Zhuo Wangsun and Sima Xiangru as the main story arc in its multifaceted portrayal of a Zhuo Wenjun that is opposed to many traditional customs, self-sufficient and independent, smart, righteous, courageous with love, bold with her emotions and earthshaking with many regards, in a way that forms a new and artistic character instead of just another historical individual. In the play, many iconic poems, songs and cultural symbols that are hallmarks of Zhuo Wangsun and Sima Xiangru have been organically and intricately integrated into the story and narrative, while the quintessential elements are presented in high doses so as to enable the audience to relish in the sophistication of distinguished traditional Chinese culture. It has been understood that the play is comprised of five chapters, namely green harp as a token of love, eloping on a rainy night, working laboriously and selling wine, ancient zither almost broken and song of white hair, along with the prelude Flying Phoenixes and epilogue Tweeting Phoenixes. The piece is expressed artistically as a musical and incorporates music, theatre, music and dance.

Zhuo Wenjun, Lady of Sichuan started in September 2017 under the direction of
Lanka Buchi, head of the Sichuan People's Music and Dance Troupe. State level screenwriter Lin Jie is the play's screenwriter, state level composer and celebrated musician Liu Dangqing is the chief music director, and actress Wang Qian plays Zhuo Wenjun. At present, the musical is already in its rehearsal phase. It has been known that Zhuo Wenjun, Lady of Sichuan will debut in September this year, and it has been estimated that the first performance will be viewed by an audience of up to 18,000 person/times. After its debut, the play will go on tour around China. The production of this play, other than contributing to the creation of a local musical brand, also facilitates the establishment of a local music industry development platform, cultivation and conglomeration of various Chengdu local music and performance talents, and formation of a music intellectual property with clear Chengdu characteristics. At the same time, the play will be able to better present the charms in Chengdu's diverse culture and generate yet another "Chengdu phenomenon" in the world of music.


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