On July 18th, NCPA “Sound of Summer Blooms” online series presented a drama for the first time. At 7:00 pm, the NCPA production of Laoshe’s play Look West to Chang’an was streamed on NCPA Classical Music Channel and various online platforms. As of 22:30 pm on the same night, the drama reached nearly 30 million hits online.
Look West to Chang’an
on NCPA Classical Music Channel and various online platforms
Prior to the performance, host CHEN Long, theatre director and playwright FANG Xu, and Head of Hip-hop Crosstalk Troupe GAO Xiaopan came together to the Multi-functional Theatre and spoke about Beijing and its people in Laoshe’s works. In September 2017, the NCPA especially assembled a creation team and all-star cast to meticulously produce the first Laoshe play since its founding, Look West to Chang’an
. As a crosstalk comedian, GAO Xiaopan had starred in the first round of this drama.
He introduced the links between Laoshe and the art of crosstalk from a linguistics perspective. Meanwhile, WANG Haowei, LI Xichang and LIU Beibei from the NCPA Drama Ensemble shared their experiences of rehearsal.
The actors brought all the characters to life with accents from the Northeast, Shaanxi and Hubei
The drama began with a lively red silk dance and military song. LI Wancheng, the protagonist played by young actor WANG Haowei, appeared with a sense of joy and his relaxed performance portrayed the lead character to perfection. Young actress WANG Qianyu played the role of LI Wancheng’s wife DA Yuqin in the drama, portraying the transformation of a vain girl into a woman complicit in fraud. Actor LI Xichang took the role of TANG Shiqing, a police officer who opposes LI Wancheng. The actors brought all the characters to life with accents from the Northeast, Shaanxi and Hubei, reflecting various figures decepted by LI Wancheng.
As the first online NCPA drama, Look West to Chang’an has satisfied netizens’ expectations and received plenty of praise. On August 1st, “Sound of Summer Blooms” will present a special concert to celebrate Army Day. Conductor ZHENG Jian will lead the China NCPA Chorus to render classic military songs, paying homage to the soldiers who defend our nation.