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Cultural Revolution Peking Opera Scene 1

Cultural Revolution Peking Opera Scene 1


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Part of early ignition for Cultural Revolution movement was the introduction of newly revised and politically motivated Peking Opera. Total of 8 most famous Peking Opera were created under Madam Mao, also known as Jing Qing’s direction. Mao’s evaluation of good vs. bad Peking Opera is whether Peking Opera serves socialism or capitalism. Does it serve the workers, peasants and soldiers or oppose them; does it take the road of Marxism-Leninism or the road of revisionism? Jing Qing embarked on her self-appointed task of revolutionizing the Chinese stage. This Color Ceramics is a scene from one of the 8 Peking Operas approved by Mao and Madam Mao. Titled “Red Women Worrier Soldiers”, this opera is about an army of women who decided to join the Communist Guerrilla soldiers and fight along with the men. Towards the end of the Opera, one of the Red Women Worrier Soldiers captured a vicious landowner, symbol of Capitalism, known as “Nan Ba Tian”, literately translates into Someone who is dominating the Southern Sky. In the finale, this Red Woman Worrier Soldier is seen, as the Sculpture depicts, holding down Nan Ba Tian, and Nan is in his surrendering position. This sculpture incarcerates yet another rare footage from the Cultural Revolution Era.