This is not a theatre piece of the usual variety. In the mountains on the outskirts of Beijing, Chen Xiaoling, the person who brought the play to life, came upon Xiang Xuesong (the narrator) who was dancing in silence alone in a Chinese pavilion. Her experiences and those of her family’s, a story told in the rustic sounding Chongqing dialect, and her substantial inner power, all these the creators have decided to realize on the modern stage in all their rich authenticity.
Narrator: Xiang Xuesong Born in 1948 in Wuhan, Xiang Xuesong is the daughter of an military officer in the Kuomintang army under General BaiChongxi, leader in the Gui faction. The seventh child in her family, she later lived in Changshou County, Chongqing, still part of Sichuan province at the time. She graduated from primary school at the age of twelve. Two years later she entered a private middle school and studied there for three years. During the following five years, she had no formal occupation and worked only in temporary positions. In 1971, she was employed at the Sichuan Provincial Barge Plant as a temporary worker and in 1979 became a permanent staff member. In 1982, she began working at the Changshou County Department Store in Chongqing. After retirement, she remained active as an art enthusiast in the community college for the elderly in Changshou County, Chongqing.