Quyi Performances about the Three Kindoms
2018.06.02 - 2018.10.28
Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum
36 Quyi (a genre of traditional Chinese performing arts) shows featuring stories, legends and relevant figures of the Three Kingdoms (220–280) by Chengdu Quyi Troupe, each lasting for 30 minutes, will be staged at the Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum from June to Oct.
All the shows will highlight different forms of Quyi, including Sichuan Qingyin (narrative singing accompanied by Pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument), Sichuan Yangqin (singing mainly accompanied by Chinese dulcimer), Sichuan Zhuqin (singing accompanied by a traditional small drum and a percussion instrument with bells on its top), Sichuan Jinqianban (singing accompanied by bamboo clappers made of three bamboo boards), Xiangsheng (also known as crosstalk, a traditional Chinese comedic performing art), and Kuaiban (a form of oral storytelling performance, somewhat similar to rapping, accompanied by bamboo clappers, a set of small bamboo boards), etc.
About Quyi
Quyi refers to such traditional Chinese art forms as ballad singing, Pingshu, comic dialogues, clapper talks and xiangsheng. It is typically in the form of a duo dialogue between two performers, but rarely a monologue by a solo performer (similar to most western stand-up comedy), or even much less frequently, a group act by multiple performers.
About Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum
The Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum (Temple of Marquis Wu) is widely believed to be the most influential museum featuring the relics of the Three Kingdoms in China. It was built in the Western Jin period (265–316) in honor of Zhuge Liang (181-234), a famous military and political strategist, as well as Prime Minister of the Shu Han State (221-263) during the Three Kingdoms period.