Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Farewell My Concubine” (New Adaptation)

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Farewell My Concubine” (New Adaptation)

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Farewell My Concubine” (New Adaptation)

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Farewell My Concubine” (New Adaptation)

Xiqu Centre Studio

Overview

Award-winning production shedding new light on Cantonese opera

Description

Blending traditional Cantonese opera techniques with contemporary stage and lighting design, this groundbreaking adaptation of a Peking opera classic reimagines the last moments of a hero caught between reality and illusion.

 

In the bleak cold of autumn, Xiang Yu, the self-proclaimed “Overlord of Western Chu”, realises he faces defeat. As the moon rises, and the sombre mood augurs his downfall, his heartbroken lover Concubine Yu bids farewell before taking her own life with his sword. As he sits, distraught, by the bank of the Wu River, Xiang Yu hears the voice of his dead lover and the spirits of slain soldiers urging him to fight to the end.

 

The Xiqu Centre’s first ever commissioned work, Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) premiered in 2016 and has received overwhelming reviews for performances in various cities in Asia. The production was recognised with a Best Experimental Xiqu award at the China (Beijing) Performing Arts Expo 2018, and an Honorary Credential award at the 2018 and 2019 Xiqu Opera Black Box Festival (Beijing).
 

A quality production that dazzles your eyes, touches your heart and captures your imagination.
── Wu Tong, Deputy Director of the Chinese Theatre Literature Association (Beijing, China)

 

A level of artistry rarely seen in Hong Kong. Excellent plot, acting and singing.
── Man Lai-fung, Hong Kong Cantonese opera performer

 

A feast for the senses. A mix of traditional and contemporary techniques reflecting the experimental nature of black box theatre
── Wu Tong, Vice President, Chinese Theatre Literature Association

Artistic and Production Team
Producer: Naomi Chung*
Playwright / Director / Music Arranger: Keith Lai, Janet Wong
Cast: Keith Lai, Janet Wong, Ng Lap-hei

Technical Director: Rae Wu*
Set Designer: Wong Yat-kwan
Lighting Designer: Leo Siu
Sound Designer: Wan San-hong
Costume Designer: Mandy Tam
Headgear Designer: Ken Tsang
Assistant Producer: Peter Lee*
Production Manager: Christina Choi*, Katrina Chan*

 

Cast
Keith Lai as Xiang Yu
Janet Wong as Yuji (Concubine Yu)
Ng Lap-hei as Groom / Soldier

 

Musicians
Ensemble Leader: Share Ka-lok
Percussion Ensemble Leader: Chan Ting-pong

 

Production Team of 2016 premiere
Lighting Designer: Allen Fung
Sound Designer: Yuen Cheuk-wa
Costume Designer: Mandy Tam

 

*Staff of West Kowloon Cultural District

 

Produced by
the Xiqu Centre
 

Xiqu Centre

 

The mission of the Xiqu Centre is to preserve, promote and develop the art of Chinese traditional theatre, to nurture the local form of Cantonese opera and to promote other forms of xiqu. To advance the legacies and traditions of Chinese traditional theatre we support artists to create new works and help nurture a new generation of local performers and musicians, including working with emerging local talent and offering guidance and performance opportunities to our resident Rising Stars Tea House Troupe. Through performances, creation, education, research and exchange, we aim to expand the audience base for Chinese opera and create a new platform for the contemporary development of the art form.

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