Yueju opera tells story of Lishui city's green development

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Oct 31, 2022 L M S


The Yueju opera production Lyu Shui Qing Shan is staged at the Lishui Grand Theater. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

There was plenty of excitement and action as the modern Yueju opera play Lyu Shui Qing Shan, or Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains, premiered at the Lishui Grand Theater – located in Lishui city in East China's Zhejiang province – on Oct 30.

The play was co-produced by the publicity department of the Lishui Municipal Party Committee and the Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yueju Opera Theater – which is based in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang – and was performed by the Zhejiang Yueju Opera Troupe.

The plot is centered on China's ecological and environmental policy which revolves around the concept that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. It combined Lishui's efforts in achieving the goal with artistic expressions, according to the organizers.

"Working with Lishui is particularly meaningful and worthwhile," said Wang Binmei, head of the Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yueju Opera Theater and the production's lead actress.

Over the years, Lishui has been implementing the idea of "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets" in its environmental strategy and within various fields of economic and social development and has achieved great results, according to Wang.

"We have the responsibility to use the language of art to spread and implement the idea and promote the construction of an ecological civilization," she added.


The final dramatic scene of the production depicts the renowned Yunhe Terraces. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Director Wang Xiaoqing was also impressed by Lishui's tremendous changes flowing from implementing its strategy. "Lishui provided us with the rich material for our creation," Wang said.

"I was impressed by the Yunhe Terraces. Overlooking the green terrace was most striking, while looking to the sky and the white clouds provided another kind of visual shock. That's what inspired my ending of the play."

The production adopted multi-media and intelligent functionality in its staging and combined modern dance, street dance, dances from the She ethnic group and other dance genres, which is said to have appealed particularly to young audiences.