Commissioned by The Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas

Synopsis

Legend of the White Snake, a folk tale that tells of the love between Madam White Snake and Xu Xian, and their tragic separation by Monk Fahai, is one of the best-loved titles in the repertory of Chinese opera. An adaptation of this familiar story, Chun Shuidu is an intimate production that takes an unusual perspective, focusing solely on the meeting between Monk Fahai and Xu Xian. Turning back time to the day when Xu meets Madam White Snake, the play explores the characters’ hidden psychological depths through imagery, lighting and cinematic effects.

Actor

Character

Wang Peiyu

Monk Fahai

Hu Weilu

Xu Xian

Wang Nannan, Zhang Shuai

Xing Zhe

The production “Chun Shuidu” is recommended by the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas.

Programme Details

Date: 12-13 September 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: HKRep Black Box 
Ticket price: $180

Half price for people with disabilities and the accompany minders and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

10% discount for HKRep Pals

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With Chinese and English surtitles

 

Cast

Wang Peiyu


Renowned Jingju artist Wang Peiyu is a National Class One Performer of the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe. Trained in the kunsheng (female actor in male role) and Yu Shuyan stylistic school, Wang is also the first artist to be trained in laosheng (old man) roles since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Her excellent command of the genre has earned her comparisons with Meng Xiaodong, a renowned predecessor. Wang’s mentors include Wang Siji, Zhu Bingqian, Tan Yuanshou, Li Xixiang and Zhang Xuejin, and she was among the third batch of trainees to complete the postgraduate course for Peking Opera Performers at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Wang has won many accolades and awards, including the Ten Cultural Figures of China 2015, the Best Performance Award at the All China Television Contest for Young Peking Opera Performers, the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, and Lead Actor Award (Theatre) at the White Magnolia Awards. Regarded as a spearheading figure among the new generation of Jingju artists, she is known as “Boss Yu” among her peers.

Hu Weilu


Outstanding emerging Kunju actor Hu Weilu specialises in xiaosheng (young male) roles. Her mentors included Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren and Zhou Zhigang. She trained at the Shanghai Municipal Chinese Opera Institute, the Shanghai Opera School and the School of Dance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy China. She has performed the lead role in a number of full-length productions, including The Story of the Jade Hairpin, The Peony Pavilion, Riding by the Wall, Zhang Xie the Top Scholar, The Leifeng Pagoda, The Story of the Hairpin and the Bracelet, The Story of the West Chamber, and The Story of a Son Looking for His Father. She has also performed in several operatic excerpts, such as Hiding in a Boat, The Mansion on the Lake, The Mother and Son Reunion, Writing the Petition, Princess Baihua’s Gift of a Sword, The Son Gets a Beating, Rendezvous in the Mansion, Opening the Letter, Rendezvous at the Pavilion, and At the Toilette Table. In 2014 she won the Rookie Award and Repertoire Award at the Shanghai New Repertoire Awards.

 

Artistic and Production Teams

Production Team

Playwright: Hun Die

Director: Ma Qian

Music Composition: Lin Yuan

Peking Opera Vocal Design: Lin Yuan,  Liu Junqiang

Kunqu Vocal Design: Zhou Xuehua

Stage and lighting Designer: Tan Hua

Visual Designer: Li Dongqing

Guest Costume Designer: Cai Yufen

Producer: Lu Jun

Stage Manager: Ding Xiaochun, Li Xiaoyang

Wardrobe Mistress: Chen Qingyi

Headgear: Wu Yue

Sound: Yuan Wenjie

Lighting Assistant: Wu Difei

Visual Operator: Dong Qianjie

Lighting Design Assistant: Yi Shimin

Visual Design Assistant: Liu Jiazi

Technical Assistant: Wang Qinglei

Co-production: Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company, Yu Yin She

Supporting Troupe: Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe

Stage Production: U Sense Exhibition Production(Hongkong)Co.,Ltd

 

String and Percussion Ensemble

Jinghu: Liu Junqiang

Dizi: Yang Ziyin

Drum: Gao Jun, Tong Qingqing

Yueqin: Sun Yuanqing

Sanxian: Ni Xiaochun

Qinqin: Xu Minxis

Pipa: Lu Baichao

Daluo: Wang Jiaqing

Naobo: Du Minming

Xiaoluo: Hu Liang

 

Commissioned and recommended by The Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas.

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