Eight Revolutionary Model Dramas (Bā gè Gémìngyàngbǎnxì 八个革命样板戏)

Shiaoling YU

A scene from the ballet Red Detachment of Women, performed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and attended by President and Mrs. Nixon during their trip to China, 22 February 1972. U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES.

The eight revolutionary model dramas 革命样板戏, consisting of five Beijing Operas, two ballet dance dramas, and one symphonic work, were composed during the Cultural Revolution 文化大革命 (1966–1976). Under the supervision of Mao Zedong’s wife Jiang Qing, these eight pieces….

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