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The Peony Pavilion

Jingkun Theatre

Kunqu master Yu Zhenfei's disciples, Cai Zhengren and Tang Yuen-ha (left), star in performances of Kunqu opera excerpts: Beating the Flower Drum; Looking Homeward (from Su Wu Herding Sheep); The Portrait, Finding the Portrait, Calling Upon the Picture, The Phantom Union a

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion Bando Tamasaburo and Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Province Kwai Tsing Theatre Reviewed: Nov 19

Japan's kabuki and China's kunqu are two of the world's oldest and most refined theatre forms. The New Vision Arts Festival offered something of both with a Sino-Japanese version of Chinese opera classic The Peony Pavilion.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Book of Ghosts

Book of Ghosts

Zuni Icosahedron

Drama Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts

Reviewed: Feb 14

This co-production between Zuni Icosahedron and the Hong Kong Arts Festival delves into something considered inauspicious by most Asian cultures - ghosts.

17 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Dancers deserve better than this confused series of scenes

National Ballet of China

Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

The National Ballet of China last appeared at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2002 with its adaptation of Zhang Yimou's film Raise the Red Lantern.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The Peony Pavilion

The National Ballet of China's adaptation of Tang Xianzu's Ming dynasty story of love, death and resurrection. An HK Arts Festival event. Sat-Feb 10, 7.30pm, also Feb 8, 3pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$180-HK$680 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2824 2430

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

What's on in Hong Kong

Big beast

If you hurry, you could still get tickets to The Gruffalo, a magical musical interpretation of the children's book about a tiny little mouse and a very scary monster.

When: January 31-February 8, various times

Where: HKAPA Drama Theatre

Tickets: HK$275-HK$375 from HK Ticketing on 31 288 288

Classic tale

16 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Revolutionary leap in dance

Classic Chinese performance is a 'dream about the most primitive emotions, impulse and desire of humans'

Classic Chinese play The Peony Pavilion has been performed as a traditional Chinese Kun opera for hundreds of years. Now, The National Ballet of China is working with acclaimed mainland director-playwright Li Liuyi to present the love story in the form of a ballet.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

A cultural feast for the senses

The 2009 Hong Kong Arts Festival lineup promises something for everyone.

Classical music begins with legendary maestro Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart, Strauss and Mahler.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

The Exquisite Charm of Peking and Kunqu Opera

Jingkun Theatre and the Youth Peking and Kunqu Opera Troupe of Shanghai perform The House Wulong (above), today; and excerpts from The Peony Pavilion, tomorrow, and The Story of the The Jade Hairpin, Oct 5. With Chinese and English surtitles. All shows at 7.30pm. HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$160, HK$280 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

3 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Peony Pavilion music lingers for a lifetime

The haunting melody of a scene from Peony Pavilion, a famous Kunqu opera written in the Ming dynasty, has stayed in the mind of literary guru Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung since he first saw the performance 60 years ago at the age of nine.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Love lives again

A Kunqu International Convention will be held in Beijing in October to celebrate the inauguration of the National Grand Theatre.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Writer heads study of Chinese opera form

The first research project in the world to study Kunqu - one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera - has been set up in Hong Kong and will be headed by well-known Taiwanese writer Pai Hsien-yung.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese Opera: The Palace of Eternal Youth

There is a good reason why Kunju, or Kun Opera, tends to run on for days: it just keeps getting better and better as the drama unfolds.

I once sat through a three-day-long piece - The Peony Pavilion - in Shanghai (with breaks in-between, of course) and it was an eye-opening and exhilarating experience.

10 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Shrink-wrapped culture

IS IT POSSIBLE to analyse one culture from another culture's point of view? The answer will be revealed tonight in an experimental theatrical performance - Sigmund Freud In Search Of Chinese Matter And Mind - the latest production by Zuni Icosahedron Multimedia Music Theatre.

1 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

The opera we are not allowed to see

It is half an hour before showtime and backstage at Wen Feng Theatre it is calm and still. There is no pre-performance panic or pandemonium, just a small group of young actors powdering their faces and quietly chatting. This was to be the calm before a very big storm.

8 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

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