Award Winning Kunqu opera ‘Dream of Red Mansions’ premieres in London
Dream of Red Mansions is a spectacular version of a Kunqu opera brought to the screen by an acclaimed writer-director. It’s adapted from one of China’s most popular novels, written in the mid-18th century, which tells the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia Family, focusing on the romantic rivalry and friendship among Jia Baoyu, Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai.
UNESCO recognised Kunqu as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. It is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. The style originated in the Wu cultural area.