A New Cantonese Opera

Her Majesty Wu Zetian

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A New Cantonese Opera

Her Majesty Wu Zetian

Set against the story on the only female emperor in the history of China, Wu Zetian, this opera attempts to interpret from a woman’s perspective how Wu, driven by her unwillingness to submit to fate, strives to rise up to power with her wits and ruses.  Renowned Cantonese Opera actress Wan Fai-yin will take up both the direction and leading role to reconstruct this controversial historical figure onstage, to explore how Wu rises to power in a changing male society and to reveal her mentality in struggling to survive in the intrigue-filled royal harem.  It will be an exceptional performance in Wan’s artistic career that promises to amaze the audience.

Famous actress Wan Fai-yin, Yuen Siu-fai, Tang Mi-ling, together with Lam Tin-yau, Johnson Yuen, Cheng Nga-kei, Wan Yuk-yu and Song Hongbo will join hands to present a remarkable performance with ingeniously designed modern stage setting.

The story starts with Wu’s being consigned to Ganye Temple and ends at her abdication to Li Xian with highlights on the parts “Chosen as concubine”, “Removing her son to seize power”, “Adopting advices” and “Rise to sovereignty” to portray Wu’s legendary life.

Programme Details

21–23/7 (Tue–Thu) 7:30 pm

Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre


Cast
Wan Fai-yin as Wu Zetian
Yuen Siu-fai as Di Renjie
Tang Mi-ling as Empress Wang
Lam Tin-yau as Crown Prince Li Zhi, later Emperor Gaozong
Johnson Yuen as Shangguan Yi
Cheng Nga-kei as Shangguan Wan’er
Wan Yuk-yu as Wu Chengsi
Song Hongbo as Zhang Yizhi
Jim Ho-fung as Li Xian
Lam Tsz-ching as Cuiping
Tam Wing-lun as Wu Sansi
Szeto Chui-ying as Zhang Jianzhi

打城」原是僧道法事的儀式,約於清道光年間被搬上舞台,發展成中國為數極少的宗教劇種之一,故名「打城戲」(又名「法事戲」、「師公戲」等)。從最初的科儀表演,打城戲不斷吸收各種元素以豐富演出法,如技巧之一「耍鐃鈸」本為法事雜技、科步是仿羅漢型態而衍化、武打源於南少林拳技、音樂由道情佛曲融合南音和傀儡曲調,而逐漸形成了打城戲技藝出眾而不脫宗教色彩的獨特藝術風格,演出別開生面。

打城戲傳統劇目多以神話宗教為主,其祖傳《目連救母》本有七十四齣,可連演四天四夜,情節與明代鄭之珍版本頗有不同,表演運用獨有技巧如「吃火吐火」、「破肚拉腸」、「刀劈臉」、「叉刺肚」、「耍鐃鈸」、「吃紙拉腸」等,演出驚險精彩。現時打城戲演出已瀕臨滅絕,碩果僅存的福建泉州市吳天乙打城戲傳承中心由打城戲唯一國家級傳承人吳天乙重組帶領,排除萬難首度來港,特地為戲曲節精選傳統目連折子戲作三晚連本演出,實屬難能可貴!

打城」原是僧道法事的儀式,約於清道光年間被搬上舞台,發展成中國為數極少的宗教劇種之一,故名「打城戲」(又名「法事戲」、「師公戲」等)。從最初的科儀表演,打城戲不斷吸收各種元素以豐富演出法,如技巧之一「耍鐃鈸」本為法事雜技、科步是仿羅漢型態而衍化、武打源於南少林拳技、音樂由道情佛曲融合南音和傀儡曲調,而逐漸形成了打城戲技藝出眾而不脫宗教色彩的獨特藝術風格,演出別開生面。

打城戲傳統劇目多以神話宗教為主,其祖傳《目連救母》本有七十四齣,可連演四天四夜,情節與明代鄭之珍版本頗有不同,表演運用獨有技巧如「吃火吐火」、「破肚拉腸」、「刀劈臉」、「叉刺肚」、「耍鐃鈸」、「吃紙拉腸」等,演出驚險精彩。現時打城戲演出已瀕臨滅絕,碩果僅存的福建泉州市吳天乙打城戲傳承中心由打城戲唯一國家級傳承人吳天乙重組帶領,排除萬難首度來港,特地為戲曲節精選傳統目連折子戲作三晚連本演出,實屬難能可貴!

打城」原是僧道法事的儀式,約於清道光年間被搬上舞台,發展成中國為數極少的宗教劇種之一,故名「打城戲」(又名「法事戲」、「師公戲」等)。從最初的科儀表演,打城戲不斷吸收各種元素以豐富演出法,如技巧之一「耍鐃鈸」本為法事雜技、科步是仿羅漢型態而衍化、武打源於南少林拳技、音樂由道情佛曲融合南音和傀儡曲調,而逐漸形成了打城戲技藝出眾而不脫宗教色彩的獨特藝術風格,演出別開生面。

打城戲傳統劇目多以神話宗教為主,其祖傳《目連救母》本有七十四齣,可連演四天四夜,情節與明代鄭之珍版本頗有不同,表演運用獨有技巧如「吃火吐火」、「破肚拉腸」、「刀劈臉」、「叉刺肚」、「耍鐃鈸」、「吃紙拉腸」等,演出驚險精彩。現時打城戲演出已瀕臨滅絕,碩果僅存的福建泉州市吳天乙打城戲傳承中心由打城戲唯一國家級傳承人吳天乙重組帶領,排除萬難首度來港,特地為戲曲節精選傳統目連折子戲作三晚連本演出,實屬難能可貴!

Ticketing

21–23/7 (Tue–Thu) 7:30pm

Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre


Prices price01$360 price02$280 price03$200 price04$120
  • With Chinese and English surtitles
  • Please refer to the Extension Activities page for details of extension activities
  • Each performance lasts approx. 3 hours with a 15-minute intermission
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Production Team

Producer / Director Wan Fai-yin
Playwright Wan Fai-yin, Chow Kit-ping
Deputy director / Stage Director Johnson Yuen
Percussion Leader / Gong and Drum Design Ko Wing-hei
Music Director / Music Design Martin Lau Kwok-ying
Costume Design Leung Yuet-wai
Programme Coordinator Lam Sze-man
Proofreading Lam Sze-man, Yuen Hok-wai
Set Construction Sun Kong Hing Stage Set Production Co. Ltd.
Costume Yee Shing Costume Company

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