Supported by Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and in cooperation with Beyond New Art, GuoGuang Opera Company infused the latest cutting-edge digital technology in its new edition of Peking Opera "Fox Tales (狐仙)." A total of four performances were showcased on stage at the National Taichung Theatre from April 23 to 25.
Inspired by the classic Chinese tale "Liao Zhai (聊齋)" and Japanese manga "Urameshiya (除妖怪譚)," Guoguang Opera commissioned Taiwanese playwright Chao Hsueh-chun (趙雪君), who received high acclaim for her fresh approach on traditional Peking opera, to write the script of the epic-length production "Fox Tales." This modern take on Peking opera, staged in 2009, opened up new horizons for the genre with its intertwined ‘fantasy world’ plot.
After 12 years, Guogang Opera teamed up with director Tai Chun-fang (戴君芳) to present an updated iteration of "Fox Tales" in April this year. Tai, assisted by the cutting-edge digital art team, supplied phantasmagoria of on-stage visual elements that brought the vivid fantasy world to life.
Through utilizing the technologies of the virtual studio IP Lab of TAICCA including 4DViews Volumetric Capture, Holographic Projection, and Maker Motion Capture System, it enhanced the on-stage performance, immersing audiences within the performance itself and subverting the audiences’ impression of traditional Peking Opera.
Founded in 1995, GuoGuang Opera Commpany is known for its innovative approach to the traditional Chinese and Kunqu Opera forms. With its philosophy of "modernization" and "literalization," the Company is devoted to bringing a modern touch to traditional Chinese Opera, and has produced new operas featuring diverse themes. Over the years, it has been invited to perform in Europe, Asia and America.