Xun Huisheng

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Xun Huisheng
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xun.

Xun Huisheng (5 January 1900 - 26 December 1968) was one of Peking Opera's "Four Great Dan", along with Mei Lanfang, Cheng Yanqiu, and Shang Xiaoyun.[1][2] All four were men who played the female lead roles (dan) during the generation when such roles became open to actresses again, after two centuries of exclusively male portrayal.


Xun's father was one of Peking Opera's "Four Famous Dads" (大名, Sì Dàmíng Diē), along with Li Shaochun, Tan Xiaopei, and Li Wanchun's fathers.[3]

Xun was best known for his portrayal of the "flowery girl" (hua dan) roles, women who tended to be more vivacious or even of questionable character.[1] He served as one of the mentors and guardians of the actress Li Yuru as she began her career.[4]

He died in Hebei on 26 December 1968.

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  1. ^ a b "Peking Opera". China Internet Information Center. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Goldstein, Joshua (2007). Drama kings: players and publics in the re-creation of Peking opera, 1870-1937. University of California Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-520-24752-9. 
  3. ^ Zhou Huan, ed. (1990), 菊海竞渡——李万春回忆录 [The Chrysanthemum Sea Regatta: Li Wanchun's Memoirs], Beijing: Chinese Literature & History Press, p. 7 . (Chinese)
  4. ^ Li (2010), p. 226.