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China's old Kunqu Opera gets a modern twist

(2006-08-16 11:22:34)
分类: 外语学习
China's old Kunqu Opera gets a modern twist
青春版《牡丹亭》再显昆曲魅力


KUNQU Opera, one of the earliest traditional Chinese drama, has a history of more than 500 years. Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre has recently produced a youth version of "Peony Pavilion", one of the most famous Kunqu plays, to win back young audiences. The play was welcomed in Hong Kong during its run from June 7 to 9.   昆曲是中国最早的一种传统剧目,至今已有500多年的历史。最近,苏州昆剧院为吸引年轻观众,编排了一部青春版的昆曲名剧《牡丹亭》。该剧于6月7日至9日在香港巡回上演期间大受欢迎。
  The "Peony Pavilion" was written by Tang Hsien-tsu , a famous writer during the Ming Dynasty. It is regarded as the most romantic story in Chinese literature and is often compared to Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet". The story revolves around Liu Mengmei, a young scholar, and Du Liniang, the daughter of a high government official in the Southern Song Dynasty.     《牡丹亭》为明代著名剧作家汤显祖所作,被看作是中国文学中最浪漫的故事名篇,常被比作莎翁名剧《罗密欧与朱丽叶》。《牡丹亭》的故事围绕年轻书生柳梦梅和南宋高官之女杜丽娘展开。
  While visiting the family garden, 16-year-old Du falls asleep and sees Liu in her dream. They have a great time in the peony pavilion. When she wakes up, she becomes lovesick and pines for her love. Unable to recover, she wastes away and dies.     16岁的杜丽娘在家中后花园游玩,困倦睡去,梦中见到了柳梦梅。二人在牡丹亭度过了无比快活的时光。当她醒来后,心害相思,日渐憔悴。难见好转,及至香消玉陨。
  Meanwhile, Liu finds Du's portrait while travelling. He falls in love with the image. One night Du's spirit appears to him. At her bidding, he opens her grave and she returns to life.     而柳梦梅在旅途中偶然发现了杜丽娘的自画像。他对着画中人,情愫顿生。一夜,杜丽娘的鬼魂显身于他。按照她的吩咐,他打开了她的棺木,使她还阳。
  Du's parents, who have moved to another city, hear the story of what has happened but refuse to believe it. The powerful father puts Liu in prison for robbing. In order to save her lover, Du comes to court and explains everything. The couple live happily ever after.     此时杜丽娘的父母已搬至别城居住,他们不相信听到的这些故事。她的权贵父亲将柳梦梅以入室盗窃之罪名打入官牢。杜丽娘为了救他,来到官府将详情和盘托出。自此,一对有情人终成眷属。

(from page 5, 21st Century Teens Senior Edition Issue No.230)

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