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Opera lovers to the end

(Global Times)

09:18, November 30, 2011

Performers make do in the makeshift backstage. Photos: CFP

At the age of 76, Gao Xianzun decided amateur Peking Opera needed a revival in Changchun, Jilin Province.

Not wanting to outlive traditional jingju (Peking Opera) which has been in decline for several decades, Gao pulled together other dedicated amateur performers.

Four years later, Gao's Damalu troupe is still offering free public performances twice a month.

In the 1970s, Changchun had about 20 amateur jingju groups with more than 1,000 regular participants. As the performers aged, however, few younger people filled their ranks and the 170-year-old art form lost many practitioners.

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