Taiwan's opera lovers will soon be able to enjoy Guoguang Opera Company's (國光劇團) signature pieces 'One Hundred Years on Stage' (百年戲樓) and "Flowing Sleeves and Rouge” (水袖與胭脂) in Taipei, after the two plays swept Shanghai's art scene last year.
The two plays are part of the troupe's renowned Opera Actors Trilogy (伶人三部曲), and tickets to the April 8, 9, and 12 performances at the Taipei Metropolitan Hall (城市舞台) will soon go on sale.
"Flowing Sleeves and Rouge,” written by the troupe's artistic director Wang An-chi (王安祈), tells of the lore surrounding Liyuan (梨園) — Pear Garden in Chinese — a luxurious complex constructed under imperial orders from Tang Dynasty Emperor Ming Huang (唐明皇, 712 A.D. —755 A.D.).
At the heart of the story is the emperor's beloved consort Yang Guifei (楊貴妃), owner of the Pear Garden. Opera diva Wei Hai-min (魏海敏) will take on the role of the consort, who has long been hailed as one of the Four Classic Beauties of Ancient China.
The play's name "Flowing Sleeves and Rouge” refers to the cosmetics and costumes donned by those in the pursuit of expressing a range of complex sentiments, and the play itself mixes the singing styles of Beijing opera and Kun opera.
'One Hundred Years On Stage' premiered in 2011 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Republic of China (Taiwan). It is a contemporary play that focuses on the development of Chinese Opera over the past hundred years and is performed solely by actors of Guoguang Opera Company.
To meet popular demand, 'One Hundred Years on Stage' will also be performed at the Da-Dong Cultural Center (大東文化藝術中心) on May 8 and 9 as part of the 2015 Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival.
More information can be found at:http://www.kk.gov.tw/.
"One Hundred Years on Stage" follows the love and betrayal of three generations of the Hua family; the final scene in which the actors on stage are seen moving suitcases and props for future performances symbolizes that artistic exploration has yet to cease.
Opera diva Wei Hai-min will play the legendary consort Yang Guifei in "Flowing Sleeves and Rouge."