(Text by Reporter Li Ying/ Photo by Reporter Yu Ruwen) On May 23, the “Awards Ceremony of One Drama Awards” of 2018 Shanghai · Jing’an Modern Drama Valley, co-sponsored by Jing’an District People’s Government, Radio and Television Station of Shanghai and Shanghai Theatre Academy, was held at Majestic Theatre. District leaders An Lusheng, Lu Xiaodong, Shen Daming, Yan Junying and Bao Yingjing attended the Awards Ceremony. 88-year-old Zhu Xu and 82-year-old Jiao Huang, two veteran actors from the southern and northern part of the country respectively, won “2018 Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Drama Award”. Chen Shu, who returned to the drama stage after many years, won “Best Actress of the Year” with The Lady from the Sea. Zhang Guoli and Xin Baiqing both won “Best Actor of the Year” with Cut through Metal and Gu Wenchang respectively. Zhang Guoli even shared the story behind the rehearsal of Cut through Metal.
At the Awards Ceremony, contemporary leading artists in the domestic and foreign drama world, influential theatrical heavyweights and new prominent artists as well as well-known stars in the literature and artistic world gathered. Lots of heavyweights including Zhu Xu, Jiao Huang, Lin Zhaohua, Xie Fei, Siqin Gaowa, Zhang Guoli, Meng Bing, Tian Qinxin, Guo Shixing, Yi Liming, Fang Xu, Xin Baiqing, Chen Shu, Yu Rongjun, Zhou Xiaoqian, Lin Xiyue, Bai Haotian, Wang Chong, Ding Yiteng and Tan Shaoyuan were all on the scene to witness the glorious unveiling of this year’s “One Drama Awards” together with Shanghai audiences.
The high-profile award “Best Play of the Year” was won by National Theatre Company of China with Gu Wenchang, an original drama with realistic theme, while Best Playwright of the Year was won by Meng Bing with The Ordinary World. Li Liuyi won “Best Director of the Year” with King Lear and Sichuanese version of Teahouse. At this year’s Awards Ceremony, the new generation still brought the public strong sense of innovation. Wang Chong, a post-80 dramatist, has directed many trendy dramas in recent years and raised wide concern from media and the academic world. With Teahouse 2.0, he won “Best Drama in the Small Theater of the Year” of One Drama Awards this year. Ding Yiteng, a director of the new generation, integrated Chinese culture and experimental advanced technologies and created a brand new vision for drama stage. Dou E and Dream the Poetic Genius When Being Drunk thrust him to “Best New Prominent Director of the Year”. It was worth mentioning that the “Academy Award”, newly created this year, was won by 5 newcomers including Ma Junfeng, Shen Li, Zhou Yingchen, Cao Yan and Lang Jianfei, which fueled the young generation forging ahead on the path of drama.
Standing on the historic node of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up to review and look to the future of the development of Chinese drama became the main theme of the party that night. The whole party corresponded to this year’s theme of Shanghai · Jing’an Modern Drama Valley -- “Movement”. It selected the gate, bridge and signpost, 3 elements of symbolic significance to form its 3 major chapters, with which the party progressively stepped across the historical period of Chinese drama, depicted the whole process of the dramatic development and internationalization of Chinese drama, showed the precious spirit of persistence, determination, universal love and untiring struggle of dramatists, and revealed an important way of shaping the souls of Chinese people by dramas.
On that night, a video that condensed classical dramas over the past 40 years traveled in time and returned to the stage, resonating deeply with audiences. From In the Silence, which surprised audiences on drama stage in the spring of 1978, to dramas frequently performed in recent years including Rhinoceros in Love, Wotou Guild Hall, White Deer Plain and Four Generations under One Roof, wonderful dramas and great works which were once popular among the public could be compared to reopened gates that presented the changing social context in accordance with different eras, stretched the rich layers of real life, and showed the great momentum of the ever-running history. It was the most sincere chapter to pay honor to dramatists.