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"Impression: Dahongpao" presented in new version

04-07-2011 09:03 BJT

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Viewers may have seen some of the dazzling work by Chinese director Zhang Yimou and his "Impression" series of outdoor musical productions. He and his team recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their latest work, "Impression: Dahongpao," and now they're presenting a brand new version for audiences.

As with the previous works, the natural landscape serves as the background for the outdoor musical. Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province are where "Dahongpao," a superior type of oolong tea, originates. It's also the first ever UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage item in the category of tea.

By portraying the local villagers' attitude towards tea, the musical takes Dahongpao as a key to local identity, aiming to reinterpret the traditional tea culture in a contemporary context. Meanwhile, the directing crew kept brainstorming on adding up-to-date features to the play, attempting to connect with the modern audience.

Zhang Yimou and his team recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their latest
work, "Impression: Dahongpao".

Wu Meiqiu, President of "Impression: Dahongpao" Art Troupe said "There's a lot of talking in the play, so we want to make it attractive by updating the content, putting something new and popular in the plot."

"Impression: Dahongpao" has become the highlight of Wuyi Mountain's local tourism industry, attracting thousands of tourists over the past year. Climbing the mountain by day ... and watching the musical by night ... this is the most popular combination of activities among visitors.

Zhang Yimou and his team recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their latest
work, "Impression: Dahongpao".

In order to make certain the first anniversary celebration comes off without a hitch, the cast has prepared a special performance in case of rain. That way, folks can enjoy a spectacular show, rain or shine.

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