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China National Peking Opera Company Commences Japan Tour


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On October 7, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) launched its third Japan tour at Aichi Prefecture Performing Arts Theater located in Nagoya. Organized by the Min-On Concert Association, CNPOC will perform its new production "The Water Margin—the Vows of Song Jiang and the Heroes of Mount Liang Shan Po" in 33 cities throughout Japan from October 7 to December 10, 2009.

The CNPOC is a national ensemble of renowned opera performers, notable writers, conductors, composers and stage artists under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.

The Water Margin (Shui hu zhuan in Chinese) is considered one of the four classic novels of Chinese literature, and is also known as All Men Are Brothers, Outlaws of the Marsh, or The Marshes of Mount Liang. This folk story describes the outlaw Song Jiang and his 108 bandits, many of whom suffered as a result of the Song Dynasty's corruption and decadence at the apogee of its reign. The bandits gather under the leadership of Song Jiang in the mountain fortresses of Liang Shan Po, surrounded by marshes. They stand up as vigilantes and vow to defy the imperial authority, battling against the imperial forces to bring salvation to the oppressed people.

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[Adapted from an article in the October 8, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and a Min-On press release; photos courtesy of Min-On]