Chinese opera: The 'rebirth' of Kunqu

Kunqu is the mother of all Chinese opera, dating back to the 16th Century when it was performed for the Imperial court.

In more recent times Kunqu has seen its popularity wane. So much so that 10 years ago Unesco declared the colourful art form a "masterpiece of intangible heritage" in an effort to safeguard its existence.

Since then, China's government has being pouring money into supporting its revival, and audiences - at home and abroad - are slowly growing, as London-based performer Li Huixin (Kathy Hall) explains.

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Music performed by the London Jing Kun Opera Association, courtesy of the Asian Music Circuit.

Interview and slideshow production by Zoe Murphy. Photography by Steve Franck. Publication date 7 September 2011.

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