Great Spirit of a Master of Beijing Opera : In Commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of Ma Lianliang's Birth
December 22, 2020 - May 23, 2021 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays) Room M, B1
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Part I. A Legendary Life


In 1901, the Boxer Protocol was signed. At the turn of the 20th century, internal revolt and foreign invasion continued to erode China's power and the ruling Qing Dynasty's dominance was declining. However, in the great upheaval, Peking opera thrived. Men and women in the city — whether in the imperial court or on the street — were all imitating the singing of "Jiao Tian Er" (the stage name of Peking opera artist Tan Xingpei). The bleakness of the song and the tragic, agitated voice of the laosheng character — reflected in the reversing of the xipi and erhuang melodies — resonated with the people caught in the great turmoil. The waning of the Qing Dynasty thus ushered in a prosperous period for Peking opera, which gradually reached its peak. The past hundred years have seen numerous Peking opera masters come and go such as Cheng Changgeng, Tan Xinpei, Yang Xiaolou, Yu Shuyan, Mei Lanfang, Cheng Yanqiu, Zhou Xinfang, and Ma Lianliang. Among them, Ma was notable for devoting his entire life to Peking opera despite the vicissitudes of his life. During times of tribulations, he never ceased to make advances and innovations, eventually founding his own school and solidifying his place as a legend of the craft. 


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Ma Lianliang 10
Ma Lianliang 2
Ma Lianliang 8
Ma Lianliang 4
Ma Lianliang 6
Ma Lianliang 1
Ma Lianliang 8
Ma Lianliang 5
Ma Lianliang 3
Ma Lianliang 11
Ma Lianliang 7
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