Cultural events of the week: Nov. 15-21

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Editor's note: A classic Huangmei opera, a solo exhibition by a well-known Italian artist, and a new version of a famous Peking opera – these are the events you won't want to miss this week.

1. Classic Huangmei opera 'Emperor's Female Son-in-Law' 

Han Zaifen, a renowned contemporary Huangmei opera artist. [VCG]

Listed as an intangible cultural heritage since 2006, Huangmei opera can be traced back to 18th century tea-picking ballads, arising from Huangmei in central China's Hubei province. Those songs were brought to Anhui province by migrant farmers in the early 19th century, when their hometown was besieged by drought and floods. Led by Han Zaifen, a renowned contemporary Huangmei opera artist, "Emperor's Female Son-in-Law" tells the story of a happy marriage through a series of strange but relatable stories. Its moving plot, beautiful music, and excellent singing made the opera a household name.

Dates: Nov. 20-21

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing

2. Solo exhibition: 'The Last Judgment' by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most popular contemporary artists of the past two centuries. Taking inspiration from real-world people and objects, his works create an irreverent discourse aimed at challenging both the art world and institutions. This exhibition, the artist's first solo show in China, takes audiences on a journey of exploration and innovation.

Dates: Nov. 20, 2021-Feb. 20, 2022

Venue: Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts (UCCA), Beijing

3. New version of opera 'The Royal Consort of Tang'

"The Royal Consort of Tang," a classic Peking opera updated for a modern audience through multimedia and dance, will be staged in Shanghai. It highlights the love stories between emperor Li Longji and Yang Yuhuan, a highborn lady during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) who was also well-known for her beauty and dancing.

Dates: Nov. 18-19

Venue: Wanping Theatre, Shanghai

Cultural events of the week: Nov. 8-14

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