Experimental Cantonese Opera “Wenguang Explores the Valley”

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Wenguang Explores the Valley”

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Wenguang Explores the Valley”

Xiqu Centre Original Production: Experimental Cantonese Opera “Wenguang Explores the Valley”

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Overview

A contemporary retelling of a classic warrior tale based on the stories of the legendary Yang family generals

Overview

The Xiqu Centre’s second experimental Cantonese opera production combines traditional and new set pieces, digital backdrops and other modern theatre technology to illustrate the preservation and innovation of Cantonese opera in the modern era.

 

Awards

  • “Best Play (Contemporary Small Theatre–Xiqu category)” by Beijing New Arts and Culture Outstanding Theatre Showcase Series 2019
  • “Best Performer (Contemporary Small Theatre–Xiqu category)” (Keith Lai) by Beijing New Arts and Culture Outstanding Theatre Showcase Series 2019
  • “Honorary Credential Award” by Xiqu Opera Black Box Festival (Beijing) 2019

 

“A powerful performance, and a well-deserved Best Actor win for Keith Lai.”

── Pak Yiu-charn, Hong Kong theatre artist

 

“A clever blend of tradition and technology…Needless to say the actors’ hard work in portraying the characters.”

── Ms Ng Mei-ying, Cantonese opera veteran

 

Title Sponsor:

Friends of Hong Kong Association Ltd

 

Produced by:

Xiqu Centre

 

Artistic and Production Team:
Producer / Director: Naomi Chung*
Playwrights / Directors / Music Arrangers:  Keith Lai, Janet Wong
Technical Director: Rae Wu*
Set Designer: Wong Yat-kwan
Lighting Designer: Leo Siu
Sound Designer: Wan San-hong
Sound Designer (2019 Beijing Premiere): Anthony Yeung
Video Designer: Dan Fong
Assistant Producer: Peter Lee*
Production Managers: Fanny Lo*, Katrina Chan*
Producer’s assistants: Novia Chong, *Hazel Yau*

 

Cast:
Keith Lai as Yang Jiye/Yang Zongbao
Janet Wong as Yang Qiniang (Du Jiner)
Ng Lap-hei as Yang Wenguang
Shum Pak-chuen as Yang Hong/Wang Wen

 

Musicians:
Ensemble Leader: Mao Yijun
Percussion Ensemble Leader: Chan Ting-pong
Musicians: (In alphabetical order): Chen Yifan, He Zhuotao, Ho Cheuk-chun, Lai Ka-wai, Leung Shuk-in, Ko Wing-hei, So Siu-fun, Wong Yuen-ling, Zhong Shi-ling

 

*Staff of West Kowloon Cultural District

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