Tang emperor Tai Zong sends Qin Huiyu to lead an army to subdue the invaders from the west. When the troops arrive at Boundary Pass, Qin is confronted by Su Baotong, the general who guards the Pass. Qin is wounded by Su’s spear. Luo Tong in turn defeats Su, who then sends Wang Banchao to fight with Luo. Seeing that Wang is an old man, Luo underestimates him, but Luo is forced to engage in endless combat as Wang sends his warriors to fight with him in turns. Wang seizes an opportunity and pieces a spear into Luo’s belly causing his guts to run out. Luo keeps on fighting even though he is suffering great pain. His son Luo Zhang comes to his rescue and slays Wang, but it was too late to save the life of his father.
- Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei
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Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei
Pei Yanling, esteemed “a true treasure of China and humankind” for her galactic virtuosity in traditional theatre, will open the 5th Chinese Opera Festival with aplomb. She will be bringing the premium cast of Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei to present four famous traditional excerpts featuring classics in Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera. Each evening’s ‘double bill’ performance will include one ‘civil’ and one ‘military’ play to enable the audience to perceive the diversity of Chinese opera as well as Pei’s versatility and true virtuosity in her chosen art form. In the guided performance entitled Exploring the Art of Chinese Traditional Theatre, Pei will command the stage by her mere presence as a seasoned actor. With no stage make-up, operatic costume or sets, she will give the most honest reveal of how she interprets the iconic roles she has created throughout her career. The audience of Hong Kong is in for treat as they explore with Pei the many aspects of Chinese opera.
Promoting to High Officialdom
|cast||An Daha, Zhang Xiyue|
The Boundary Pass
|cast||Zhang Xin, Zhang Yabin, Wu Yueze, Liu Yibo|
Seeking Shelter for His Son from The Beauty Washing Silk by the River
Loyal official Wu Zixu risks his own life and those of his clan members trying to remonstrate with Emperor Wu. To protect his son, Wu sends him to take refuge in the home of Bao Shu, a high-ranking official of the Kingdom of Qi. On their way to Qi, father and son, touched by the sights they see, express their sadness of separation in antiphonal singing. Though reluctant to part, they finally bid farewell to each other in tears.
|cast||Pei Yanling, Yang Hanru (Guest), An Daha|
Borrowing the Fan
Blocked by the Flaming Mountain during their pilgrimage to the west, Tang monk Xuanzang and his three disciples try to borrow the magical Iron Fan from the Princess of Iron Fan to put out the flames of the mountain. After settling his master in a safe place, the Monkey King went to the Bajiao Cave to find the Princess. She is the wife of Bull King and the mother of Red Boy. Enmity developed between her and the Monkey King as a result of the Red Boy trying to eat the flesh of Xuanzang before. The Princess therefore is unwilling to lend her fan to the Monkey King. When Monkey King approaches her for the first time, the Princess uses her magical fan to generate a powerful wind that blows him far far away.
|cast||Wei Jianping, Song Xiaohua|
The Showdown at Cuiping Mountain
Yang Xiong and Shi Xiu are sworn brothers. Under the instructions of Yang, Shi opens a butchery. Yang’s wife Pan Qiaoyun has an illicit affair with the monk Pei Ruhai. Knowing that, Shi exposes their affairs to Yang. Yang goes home heavily drunk, and when he questions Pan, she and her maid Yinger frame Shi as the adulterer. Believing in his wife’s words, Yang breaks off his relations with Shi who then leaves in anger. After getting drunk, Shi goes to kill Pei Ruhai. By that time, Yang realizes that his wife has lied and he makes a plan to entice Pan and her maid to come to Cuiping Mountain to find out the truth. After Pan’s admission to her infidelity, Shi urges Yang to kill Pan.
|cast||Pei Yanling, Zhang Huimin, Gong Haizhong, Zhang Yunsheng, An Daha|
The Melon Stealer
Zheng Ziming is an oil peddler. One day he passes by Tao Hong’s manor and he picks some melons that are growing inside it. Tao’s maid finds out and reports it to Tao’s daughter San Chun who then engages in a fight with Zheng. When Tao Hong arrives, Zheng takes him lightly as Tao is crippled and old. Surprisingly, Zheng is defeated by Tao. Admiring Zheng’s bravity, Tao betroths his daughter to him.
|cast||Wei Jianping, Wu Yueze, Song Xiaohua, Zhou Chunxia|
Xue Pinggui Returning to His Humble Abode
After his marriage, Xue Pinggui is promoted as the rear-guard of the army in recognition that he has subdued the stallion with the red mane. But Wang Yun complained about Xue before the emperor, and Xue was demoted to being an advance-guard under the command of Wang’s second son-in-law Wei Hu, and was sent to fight in Xiliang. Xue goes home to bid farewell to his beloved wife Wang Baochuan.
|cast||Pei Yanling, Zhang Huimin|
Nazha’s Cosmic Hoops
In Qianyuan Mountain, Nazha’s arrow inadvertently wounds a female immortal who is a disciple of the goddess Shiji. When the goddess rebukes Nazha, a fight between the two breaks out and Nazha is defeated.
|cast||Xie Han, Zhang Lifang, Song Xiaohua|
The Drunken Wu Song Beats up Jiang Zhong
Wu Song is sent to a prison in Mengzhou. Shi En, the son of the prison guard Shi Zhong, admires Wu and they become sworn brothers. Shi En’s guest house is forcibly taken over by a villain named Jiang Zhong. Hearing this, the drunken and angry Wu Song hurries himself to the wood to find Jiang. He beats him up and reclaims the guest house for his sworn brother.
|cast||Pei Yanling, Zhang Xiyue, Zhang Yunsheng, Gong Haizhong, Tong Xin, An Daha|
Excerpts Xue Pinggui Testing His Wife
Wang Baochuan was born into a noble family, but she married a poor man named Xue Pinggui. She lives in a dilapidated cave dwelling for eighteen years after her husband left her for the battlefield. In desperation, she writes a letter with her blood and sends it to her husband by a carrier goose. On receiving the letter, Xue bids farewell to the princess of Xiliang and goes back to Changan. By chance, he encounters his wife at Wujiabo. After separating for eighteen years, they cannot recognize each other. Unsure if the woman before him is his wife, Xue dares not reveal his identity to her. Instead, he tests her by pretending that he has lost his way. Though impoverished, Wang maintains her fidelity and runs back to her cave dwelling. Xue follows and tells her everything. Husband and wife finally reunite.
|cast||Liang Weiling, Li Weizhong|
Exploring the Art of Chinese Traditional Theatre
|cast||Pei Yanling, An Daha, Gong Haizhong|
A renowned artist in Chinese opera and a National Class One Performer, and is currently the Director of the Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei. Born into a family of artists in Chinese theatre, Pei started her career on stage since the age of five and played leading roles since she was nine. She is known for her virtuosity in a wide variety of roles in both ‘civilian’ and ‘military’ repertoires in Peking Opera, Kunqu Opera and Clapper Opera. She is hailed as a ‘National Treasure’ and has won the Grand Prize of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre and the Magnolia Award for Special Contribution to Theatre Performing Arts. Her signature works, The Magic Lotus Lantern, Nazha Wreaking Havoc in the Sea, Zhong Kui the Ghost-eater and The Story of the Actor Xiang Jiuxiao have been made into films. Pei is now the vice-chairman of the Chinese Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the vice-chairman of the China Theatre Association.
National Class One Performer and the winner of the 17th Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. She specializes in qingyi and huashan (flower-robed female) roles. She has received tutelage from the renowned artists Qi Lanqiu, He Junying, Luo Weilan and Liu Xiuying, and was a student of Peking Opera artist Zhang Chunqiu. Liang sings with a clear and melodious voice and acts with an exquisite and vivid touch. Her signature pieces include The Stallion with the Red Mane, The Legend of the White Snake and The Drunken Beauty.
National Class One Performer and the winner of the 22nd Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. Graduated from Hebei Arts School, specializing in huadan and guimendan (unmarried female) roles. She has studied under well-known artists such as Li Yanqiu, Qi Lanqiu, Liu Shuwen, Zhou Changyuan and Wang Dexin before becoming the student of the renowned Xun style performer Song Changrong. She has won the Class One Award for Performance at the 5th and 7th Theatre Festival of Hebei Province and the Class One Award for Theatre Theories at the 7th Hebei Hundred Flowers Award for Theatre.
National Class One Performer, specializes in civilian and military sanhualian (comic male) roles and a graduate of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. He has received training from Wang Ronghan, Wang Lianping and Geng Qingwu. His recitation is clear and resonant, and he excels in both civilian and military roles. His repertoire includes Fishing the Turtle, Running away from the Nunnery, The Story of Jin Yunu and At the Crossroad.
Yang Hanru (Guest)
Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate Institute of Theatre Performance and Playwriting of the Taipei University of the Arts. She received further training from the Kunqu Impartation Project and Yue Meiti Kunqu Jinsheng Arts Class. She has received training from Pei Yanling, Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren, Ji Zhenhua and Wang Shiyu. She is a founding member and the artistic director of the 1/2Q Theatre, also an artist specializing in male roles in the Shuimo Kun Opera Troupe and the Taiwan Kunqu Opera Theatre. For four times, the experimental Kunqu Operas with Yang as the main cast have been selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Performances of the Year in the Taishin Arts Award; and Peach Blossom Rain has won the 11th Taishin Arts Award.
Winner of an Outstanding Performance Award at the 2nd Theatre Festival of Hebei Province, a Performance Award at the 3rd and 6th Theatre Festival of Hebei Province, the 7th Hebei Hundred Flowers Award for Theatre, and a Class One Award at the Hebei Hundred Flowers Award for Theatre. His outstanding repertoire includes Stop the Horse, At the Crossroad, Lin Chong’s Nocturnal Escape and Subduing the Leopard Monster.
After studying under Zhang Shaochun in Hebei Arts School, he went to the Shanghai Theatre Academy to further his training. His repertoire includes Xue Pinggui Testing His Wife, The Ruse of Empty City, Twice Entering the Imperial Palace and new Peking Operas The Story of the Actor Xiang Jiuxiao and Empress Dowager’s Other Stories.
National Class One Performer, specializes in wusheng roles. He has received tutelage from Guo Jingchun, Pei Yanling and Gai Yueqiao. His repertoire includes The Pulley, Fighting with Ma Chao, Subduing Gao Deng at the Yanyang Pavilion and The Suicide of Tang Huai.
Graduate of Hebei Arts School, specializes in wuchou roles. He received training from the well known wuchou artists Zhang Shaohua in Stealing the Armour, Stealing the Silver Kettle, Borrowing the Fan and The Melon Stealer. He has won a Class Two Performers Award at the 1st Red Plum Awards for Chinese Traditional Theatre and Outstanding Performance Award at the Hebei Young Performers in Chinese Theatre Contest.
Specializes in laosheng (elderly male) roles. His teachers include Xu Baozhong, Zhang Shaochun, Shen Chunlin, Zhu Yuankun, Yang Naipeng and Zhang Rongpei. He has won a Class Two Performers Award in Hebei District at the 1st Red Plum Awards for Chinese Traditional Theatre, a Class One Performers Award at the 7th Heibei Hundred Flowers Award for Theatre and the Screen Award at the 6th National Young Peking Opera Performer TV Contest.
Graduate of Jilin Arts School and a student of the renowned artist Pei Yanling, specializes in wusheng roles. She has performed in Nazha’s Cosmic Hoops, At the White Beach, Wu Wenhua the Despot and Lin Chong’s Nocturnal Escape.
He has appeared in Burning Pei Yuanqing Alive, The Boundary Pass and Jiaxing House. He has won a Class Two Performers Award at the 2nd Hebei Young Performers in Chinese Theatre Contest and a Class Two Performers Award at the 3rd Wenzhou Arts Festival and the 11th Wenzhou Theatre Festival.
Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei
The Peking Opera Research Centre of Hebei originates from Jizhong Experimental Theatre founded in 1945. In 1953, the Theatre was renamed as Hebei Peking Opera Troupe. In 1960, it became the Jingkun Theatre of Hebei after merging with Hebei Kunqu Opera Theatre. In 1994, it changed its name to Peking Opera Theatre of Hebei; and in 2013, it adopted its present name. Since its establishment, the company has been graced by outstanding artists such as Song Dezhu, one of the ‘Four Famous Young Dan’, and the renowned Yang Ronghuan, Guan Shengxi and Ma Youliang. Over the years, the company has distinguished itself with an array of talented artists versatile in all sorts of roles in a wide variety of repertoires. In 2008, under the leadership of its present director, the renowned Pei Yanling, the company presented the new opera The Story of the Actor Xiang Jiuxiao. The awards the company has received include Outstanding Opera Award in the 11th Chinese Theatre Festival, Special Prize in the 13th Wenhua Award for Performance, a Special Prize at the 10th Hebei Spiritual Progress Best Works Award, and the Hebei Cultural Development Best Works Award. In 2009/2010, the Company received special funding through the National Theatrical Art Quality Improvement Project to further develop its repertoire. The company has toured the United States, Canada, France, Japan, Denmark, Singapore, Africa, Taiwan and Hong Kong, winning popular acclaims wherever it went.
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- With Chinese and English surtitles
- Each performance lasts approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
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