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(Text by Reporter Li Ying) The year of 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Zhou Xiaofang's death. On December 1, the art show of the genre of famous Huai Opera performance artist Zhou Xiaofang “Jing’an Huai Opera • Zhou Genre With a Good Fame” as well as the signing session of Jing’an Huai Opera • Zhou Genre with a Good Fame – Zhou Xiaofang were held in Jing Theatre of Jing’an District Culture Center. The Baihu Hall jointly performed by Zhou Zhixiang, successor of Zhou genre, intangible cultural heritage inheritor of Huai Opera Shanghai as well as son of Zhou Xiaofang, and Wang Zhihao, intangible cultural heritage inheritor of Huai Opera of Jiangsu Province, was played on that afternoon as well.
According to Ye Shuchen, the responsible person of the Promotion Center of the Genre of Jing’an Huai Opera Artist Zhou Xiaofang, Huai Opera originated in northern Jiangsu and developed in Shanghai with a history of over 200 years. It is one of the major local operas in Jiangsu Province and Shanghai Municipality. In 2008, Hui Opera was formally added into national “intangible cultural heritage” protection program. There were 2 performances in all for the art show of the genre of famous Huai Opera performance artist Zhou Xiaofang this time, which was not only a milestone for promoting and inheriting the art of Zhou genre, but also a feast for Huai Opera audience to enjoy the art of Zhou genre. The first performance was the whole play of classic drama of Zhou genre Baihu Hall, strongly supported by the 2nd Performance Group of Huai’an Huai Opera (originally the Performance Group of Huai’an Huai Opera) of Jiangsu Province; the second one was the joint performance by Huai Opera celebrities from both sides of the Changjiang River, who play the selected chapters and scenes of classic dramas of Zhou genre.
The reporter learnt that, in order to re-propagate the art charm of Zhou genre and meet the culture demand of Huai Opera audience wanting to enjoy the art of Zhou genre, the Promote Center of the Genre of Jing’an Huai Opera Artist Zhou Xiaofang was founded in June 2016, which was the only “intangible cultural heritage” inheritance base of Huai Opera in Shanghai. Since its foundation, it has created the famous opera of Zhou genre Supreme Loyalty to Serve the Country, financed by Shanghai mass culture fund in 2016, as well as The Performance of Zhou Xiaofang Art Genre financed by Shanghai culture fund; been ranked one of top 100 in the Creative Competition 2016 of Shanghai Citizen Cultural Festival; managed to bid for the public welfare program of youth social organization to serve the youth in Pudong sponsored by the Chinese Communist Youth League Pudong New District Committee, the culture distribution in Jing’an District, Xuhui District, Yangpu District and Baoshan District, and the Venture Capital Investment Competition of Social Organization 2017 of Jing’an District; published Jing’an Huai Opera • Zhou Genre with a Good Fame – Zhou Xiaofang financed by Jing’an District culture fund in 2017, and acquired the financial support from the program “Drama arrangement of classic highlights from operas of Zhou genre” of Shanghai culture fund 2017, etc.