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Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe presents:
Coriolanus and Du Liniang
23rd & 24th July 2016
Peacock Theatre, London
East meets West in a celebration marking the 400th anniversary year of the deaths of the most iconic playwrights from each continent, William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu. Separated by 5,000 miles, Tang and Shakespeare lived and worked in the same century, each the most popular playwright of their time in their respective countries. In 1616 both died, each leaving behind an incredible body of work for future generations to enjoy. Coriolanus and Du Liniang is a spectacularly visual celebration of the lives and legacies of these two playwrights, explored through Chinese opera.
In an all-female production, the Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe interweaves Shakespeare’s Coriolanus with Tang Zianzu’s The Peony Pavilion, introducing the lead characters to each other in a dream.
Mao Weitao (Artistic director of Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe and leading Yue Opera performer) says: “Coriolanus is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. It belongs not only to history, but also to the present and the future. In human history, the most difficult questions we face are abstract, but they are also the most universal. In ordinary life these ideas seem unfathomable, but in fact philosophical thinking focuses on the ultimate questions of human existence: Why are we born? Why do we die? In the Western conception, death may be the end. But for Chinese people, it can be an intermediate stage, and a spiritual detachment. Here, we have grafted together the most representative Chinese classical opera, The Peony Pavilion, and Coriolanus. In the collision and dialogue between a Western man and an Oriental woman, it not only reflects a romantic story but a profound discourse. My hope is that everyone really sees the spirit of the work through this form.”
While Peking Opera is the best known of the Chinese opera traditions, there are in fact several regional variations of the art form, of which Yue opera is one of the most interesting. Beginning in Shengzhou in the late nineteenth century, Yue opera earned renown for its all-female troupes, and women portraying male characters remains one of the most distinctive features of the genre. In this production Mao Weitao will play both Coriolanus and Du Liniang’s lover Liu Mengmei.
Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe is one of the leading all-female Yue opera companies in China today. In the years since it was founded, it has developed a large repertoire of work and a core company of outstanding performers.
Directed by: Guo Xiaonan
Adapted by: Shen Lin and Hu Xiaohai
Music by: Chen Guoliang, Weng Chigeng, Liu Jiankuan, Chen Shangqing and Ren Feng
Lighting Design by: Wu Wei
Stage Design by: Huang Haiwei
Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London, WC2A 2HT
23rd & 24th July, 7:00PM
Running Time: 180 minutes
Suitable for ages 12+
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Terms and Conditions
One winner will be selected at random from all entries. Competition closes at 5pm on 17th July 2016. Winners receive a pair of tickets to see Coriolanus and Du Liniang at the Peacock Theatre. Tickets to be collected at the box office with no cash alternative. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-transferable and exchangeable. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prizewinner. Editor’s decision is final.