There's many kinds of regional chinese opera styles, such as Cantonese, Kunqu, Yue, etc.
Unfortunately, a lot of the smaller ones are dying out, and of the big ones, Beijing opera gets the most attention and funding.
Stop regional chinese erasure!11>>73973
A le funny racist meme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGk4E9ss95s
) led me to discover a cool Beijing opera about a woman whose husband abandoned her and their children to marry into a royal family, and then when she found him and asked him to come back, tried to assassinate them fearing that he'd lose everything if it came up that he was already married and that his marriage into the royal family is illegitimate.
Seeking justice, she seeks out a famously uncompromising judge, who executes the husband despite the royal family's protests.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NzBu5v-ISE
It's genuinely great, enjoyed it thoroughly.
The lyrics from the meme are actually the judge reading the accusation to the husband.
Without knowing any of the traditions, conventions, rituals etc. of chinese opera, with very rough translations, it's actually a pretty surreal experience watching. But the emotional moments and the story structure come through very strongly.
I like theater in general. I used to really like going to the theater on school trips as a kid. They used to still perform soviet time classics back then. All the other kids hated it though.
I also liked the Unicorn Purse:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rENUrYQQqqw
Le funny Pol Pot memes led me to discover 60s-70s Cambodian music.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmjadEu8zvMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcwkAMd7uzchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DpfOhCr4zA
I don't know what they're singing about, but the language itself is beautiful.
Also reminds me of old soviet time records, especially from the non-slavic republics.
Finally, I found out about a 2nd century CE Greek play called "A True Story" by Lucian of Samosata, which is a satirical work parodying other playwrights, politics, and events of the time. Some call it "the first sci-fi work in history", because it involves amazing cool stories about a naval expedition that ends up going to the outer space, meeting aliens, participating in an inter-planetary war, etc. This work probably started the entirety of the "expedition gets lost and ends up in an alien, magical world" genre.https://sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/true/tru01.htm
Most of the references and jokes are lost to time, so it's not actually that funny reading now. Except for the more obvious parts where he makes fun of Plato for example lol.
Also interesting to think that some of the works he was parodying were already like centuries old by his time. But they were still in the "cultural awareness" of the learned class. Funny to think that he was in a way replying to, or having a conversation with, people who were already dead hundreds of years ago, and lived thousands of kilometers away.
Imagine EC, but with a post frequency of once in a couple decades :-DDD
Another ebin thing is that he had to put a disclaimer saying "Everything that I have written here is a LIE" because the concept of fiction wasn't quite invented yet. If you were writing something, it was assumed that you were trying to pass it off as a true event.
I wonder if at some point the idea of a "stage play" didn't exist, and the first actors were accused of identity theft.