Musical play：Looking for mantangyin
Operated by：Hubei Provincial Performing Arts Group
The musical play Looking for Mantangyin tells the story about hard efforts made by the staff of the county-level cultural center and intangible cultural heritage center to find Qin Wenju, the inheritor of Mantangyin (an endangered folk-art form) who trained apprentices in the deep mountain forests. It demonstrates the deep-rooted emotion of folk artistic workers for traditional culture, reproduces the arduous efforts made by the grass-roots cultural workers for the protection and inheritance of traditional culture, and shows their deep love and perseverance in folk art. The story is touching and full of plot twists. The musical elements of Mantangyin, a regional traditional art form with unique phonological features in southwest regions of Hubei Province, are used throughout the whole musical play, reproducing the folk art forms such as the Nuo opera (traditional drama) and flower-drum lantern (traditional dance) and demonstrating the local customs and the passions of people of Tujia ethnic group in the region of Wuling Mountain. The beautiful aria and dance performed by the characters in the musical play show the precious intangible cultural heritage of the ethnic minority groups in southwest regions of Hubei Province, demonstrate the unique ethnic culture of Hubei Province, and depict the beautiful scene where excellent traditional Chinese culture is developing in an endless succession and being passed on from generation to generation.
In October 2015, the musical play Looking for Mantangyin (formerly known as Splendid Mirror Image) premiered in the auditorium of South-Central University for Nationalities, with 3 consecutive sessions being performed. In 2016, it was selected as a project funded by China National Arts Fund, and included in Excellent Ethnic Cultural Projects of Hubei Province. In 2017, in order to further polish and improve its quality, promote the ethnic culture of Hubei Province, the revised and improved version premiered at the Hubei Theater from August 23 to 25, with three consecutive sessions being performed. By the end of 2019, nearly 200 overcrowded sessions have been performed, receiving rave reviews from leaders and experts at all levels.
Contact person: Liu Yu
Address: No. 376, Zhongshan Road, Xiaodongmen, Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province