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China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre presents a modern concert production of this classic Chinese opera Legend of Chinese Song Fairy – Opera Liu Sanjie in Concert for the first time out of China in an Australian debut.
Among the myths and legends of the Zhuang ethnic group, Liu Sanjie, a folk singer known as the "Song Fairy", is perhaps one of their most iconic figures. With her songs, it is said, she gives a voice to the impoverished and people who suffer from inequality as she sings about her yearning for love.
Set amongst a conflict between rich and poor, the groundbreaking 1961 musical film popularised Chinese folk songs through the Chinese diaspora, relating the story of a legendary folk singer from the Zhuang minority people in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the male protagonist, A Niu, fight against oppressive forces, express their love for each other and demonstrate the integrity and courage of the Zhuang people, set against the region’s scenic beauty. Even after half a century, several of the songs from the film are still remembered and recognised by many today.
Come and experience the allure and exuberance of iconic Chinese folk songs!