DPRK stages ancient Chinese romance to honor Chinese volunteers

08:45, October 25, 2010      

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An actor and actress from the Phibada Opera Troupe perform the opera "Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai", a classical folk legend from China at Pyongyang Theatre, in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Oct. 24, 2010. The Opera was put on show here to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean front. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
Artists of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) performed here Sunday an adapted Chinese opera masterpiece to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean front.

The two-hour show, titled Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, was adapted for the stage by the DPRK's Phibada Opera Troupe with the help of the Chinese Cultural Ministry. The opera was based on a well-known ancient Chinese tragic love story between the hero and heroin, which is widely regarded as a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet.

The opera was dedicated to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the CPV into the Korean front, said an organizer of the show. It is an indication that the traditional friendship between the two countries has been growing stronger and passed on from generation to generation.

DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission, instructed the troupe to complete the adaption before the anniversary, the organizer said.

Among the audience were Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, and Liu Hongcai, Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK.

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