Founded in 1983, the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre is the first arts award in China to recognise outstanding theatre performers and encourage the development of traditional theatre. The Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe was established in 2005 by the China Theatre Association to help promote Chinese performing arts both at home and abroad. Over the last 28 years, the troupe has travelled extensively, enjoying great popularity among national and international audiences.

After their successful performances in the 2014 West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre programme, we are delighted to welcome the talented artists of the China Theatre Association Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe back to Hong Kong for the opening of the Xiqu Centre. This year, 27 award-winning artists and masters of eight different xiqu genres – Peking opera, Kunqu, Yueju, Pingju, Ouju, Yuju, Gannan tea-picking opera and Cantonese opera – present four exciting performances highlighting the distinct features of these regional forms. The programme also showcases individual performing styles and offers a unique introduction to the rich and fascinating world of Chinese traditional theatre.

Featured regional forms of Chinese traditional theatre

Gannan tea-picking opera: A humorous folk art form of Chinese traditional theatre that originated in the tea growing regions of Jiangxi.
Kunqu: The oldest surviving form of Chinese traditional theatre. Native to the Kunshan district near Suzhou.
Ouju: A form of Chinese traditional theatre native to Wenzhou, Zhejiang. Named after the Ou River.
Pingju: A northern form of Chinese traditional theatre native to Tangshan, Hebei.
Yuju: A form of Chinese traditional theatre that originated in Henan.
Yueju: A form of Chinese traditional theatre native to Shaoxing, Zhejiang.
Xiqu: The term used to describe all regional variations and forms of Chinese traditional theatre (Chinese opera).

Date Performance
14 March 2019 (Thursday) 7:30pm A Master Selection of Peking Opera Excerpts
15 March 2019 (Friday) 7:30pm A Master Selection of Kunqu Excerpts
16 March 2019 (Saturday) 7:30pm A Master Selection of Mixed Xiqu Excerpts
17 March 2019 (Sunday) 7:30pm A Master Selection of Cantonese Opera Excerpts 

Venue:
Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Tickets:
$450, $380, $280, $180

Language:
Regional languages with Chinese and English surtitles

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

Tickets now on sale

Special thanks to the China Theatre Association Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe

 

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