Peony Pavilion (Mǔdān Tíng 牡丹亭)

Patricia SIEBER

Peonies from “Book of Grasses and Insects,” in the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting by Chieh Tzu Yuan Hua Chuan, 1679–1701.

Completed in 1598 by Tang Xianzu and widely performed and printed thereafter, Peony Pavilion was among the first Chinese plays to explore the philosophical dimensions of passionate love. An instant success, scenes from the play entered the core repertoire of Kun Opera, the oldest continuously performed Chinese operatic form….

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