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Zhou Xinfang
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Zhou Xinfang (1895-1975) ,was a descendant of an art Family in Chengdu of NIngbo. As a prestigious artist of Peking Opera, Zhou acquired the stage name “Qi Lin Tong” and founded a unique genre of Peking Opera-the Qi School.

Zhou had masterly basic skills. His voice was wide in range and sonorous and raucous in quality. In his later years, his voice turned mellow, showing fullness in high pitches and deepness in low pitches. Characterized by vigorous singing style, his sound was plain but profound. He paid special attention to the expression of figures’ emotions and showed uniqueness in some specific singing styles, like Baobab and Hanoi (two kinds of singing styles in Peking Opera). In the spoken parts of his performances, he performed with relatively strong Zhejiang accents. With special attention on rhythm, he showed great power and frequent use of modal particles in his performances, reflecting strong living atmosphere. All kinds of moods, be it humor, solemnity, anger or sadness, could be performed by him naturally and vividly. In addition, he was good at utilizing long sleeves, varied gestures and footwork and eye and facial expressions according to different plots and figures’ thoughts, demonstrating his excellent ability in refining and reflecting daily lives. His application of some special skills with props involved, like Kaoqi, Rankou, Wig and Maochi, added colorful touches to his performances. His master works include Xu Ce Pao Cheng, Wu Long Yuan, Xiao He Yue Xia Zhui Han Xin, Si Jinshi, etc.

Zhou Xinfang was passionate in innovation. He made great revolution and innovations on the basis of traditions. Apart from amending and optimizing the traditional plays, he also made distinct designs on singing, chanting, gesturing, fighting, play list, libretto, costume, make-up etc., which well fit his own style. For example, he absorbed new acting methods from modern drama, which were to shape the characters with exaggerated appearance and movements, to form intensive artistic appealing.

 

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