|China National Peking Opera Company, China, 2017|
Tour Dates: 13th May - 27th May, 2017
China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is a national organization of performing arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.
Established in January 1955, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is a national organization of performing arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. The first President of CNPOC was the great master Mei Lanfang. Today CNPOC consists of three performance Troupes, one Stage Art Center and the Mei Lanfang Great Theatre.
Since its founding, the company has brought together a large number of outstanding performing artists and playwrights, directors, composers and stage artists, who enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad, such as Li Shaochun, Yuan Shihai, Ye Shenlan, Du Jinfang, Ajia, Weng Ouhong and Fan Junhong and others. With a big number of masters, CNPOC has developed into a performing organization of Peking Opera with great advantages.
For 60 years, CNPOC has inherited, created, and staged more than 500 traditional, newly-written historical and contemporary Peking Opera Plays with various themes and forms. Up to now, it has developed an art spirit of inheritance, innovation, adaptions from other artistic forms and well portraying characters. Moreover, it has created an artistic style with rich contents, profound thoughts, various schools, and a well-balanced cast.
More than 50 plays and over 200 members of CNPOC have won awards in national and international performance competitions. In recent years, it has always been on the list of winners of China’s major cultural awards, such as the Splendor Award (for professional theatrical artworks), the Best Works Award, China Peking Opera Festival Gold Award, Works of Excellence on the Nation’s stage, Mei Lanfang Gold Award, Plum Blossom Award and others.
Cultural exchange is one of the major tasks of CNPOC. It has been organizing performances around the world, covering over 50 countries and regions on five continents, and won a good international reputation. Through these activities, CNPOC has made contributions to promote Sino-foreign cultural exchanges as well as enhancing the friendship between Chinese people and the people of the world.
Faust, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s magnum opus, is not only the greatest work of German literature but also a gem in world literature. The Peking opera Faust is adopted from Faust, Part One.
The Devil, an evil spirit that negates and destructs everything, laughs before God at the flaws of human beings and is confident that he can allure Faust away from righteous pursuits. God, believing that good people are always aware of right paths, permits a bet the Devil makes with him, and agrees on the test of Faust by the Devil. Faust, already in his fifties and already a peerless scholar of learning, is so frustrated at his failure to have fulfilled his worldly desires that he ponder suicide. The Devil comes to Faust’s study, invites him to re-experience his past life and promises to be at his service, on the condition that from the moment Faust has felt satisfied and come to his afterlife, he should serve the Devil too. Believing that nothing in the world would not satisfy him, Faust makes a pact with the Devil. Now turned into a young man by the Devil, Faust is madly in love with Gretchen, only to lead to her tragedy.