Xun Huisheng

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Xun Huisheng
Chinese
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.

Life[edit]

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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Citations[edit]

  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.

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