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Dowager Xiao-zhuang and Dorgo│2018 Taiwan Traditional Theatre Festival

Dowager Xiao-zhuang and Dorgo│2018 Taiwan Traditional Theatre Festival
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    • 2018/04/26 19:30 ~ 2018/03/29 17:30
    • Address:Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center Main Theatre

Time, Date, and Venue
2018/4/26 Thu. 19:30-22:30
2018/4/27 Fri. 19:30-22:30
2018/4/28 Sat. 14:30-17:30
2018/4/29 Sun. 14:30-17:30
Length:about 180 minutes (with a 20 min. intermission)

Ticket Price:
04/26 Thu. NT$300/500/800/1200/1500/2000
04/27 Fri.-04/29 Sun. NT$400/700/1000/1500/2000/2500

With Chinese and English subtitles
the show will be recorded.

About the Performance
When Emperor Shunzhi takes over the reins, he starts to investigate the regent’s conspiracy against the state. Queen Mother Yu-er is forced into remembering the painful past...

As Manchuria and Mongolia tried to make peace through marriage, Yu-er was forced to marry the crown prince of Manchuria by her grandfather (the Chief of the Khorchin Mongols). She fell in love with Dorgon, a handsome young man and an envoy who came to Mongolia to escort the bride back to Manchuria. When Nurhaci Khan died of an illness, Huangtaiji, Dorgon’s half-brother, succeeded their father and forced Dorgon’s mother to hang herself with a bow string before taking Yu-er as his wife.

Dorgon suffered all kinds of disgrace and insults to gain the trust of Huangtaiji and was ordered to go on an expedition with the Royal Troops of the Plain and the Bordered White Banners. He soon conquered the Mongols and brought the jade seal of the Yuan Dynasty back to Huangtaiji who was then enthroned as Emperor of the Qing. However, Huangtaiji ordered Yu-er to seduce Hong Cheng-chou, the chief Ming commander, and persuaded him to surrender to the Qing. Though Yu-er felt wronged, she started to participate in politics.

When Huangtaiji died unexpectedly, Dorgon thought he could be enthroned as the emperor. But Hau-ge, the eldest son of Huangtaiji, besieged the palace court with the troops of the Plain and the Bordered Banners to fight against the troops of the two White Banners led by Dorgon. In such a critical state, Yu-er asserted herself between the two powerful forces by proposing her son, six-year-old Fu-lin, to be enthroned as the emperor. Dorgon agreed and pledged an oath of fealty to the new emperor, Shun-zhi.

Dorgon defeated the army at Shnan-hai Pass and escorted Ye-er and Shun-zhi back to the capital. He was given the honorary title of the “Emperor’s Uncle and Prince-Regent.” When Hao-ge killed himself, he became the most powerful person in the government. But he had never loved any woman but Yu-er. As Emperor Shun-zhi was put in such a dangerous position, Yu-er was forced to deal with Dorgon courteously, but they had something in common: they both wanted to take over the Ming. So they had a mutual understanding and cherished each other.

When Dorgon’s wife and brother died, he changed the funeral parlor into a wedding hall, intending to marry Ye-er. Hong Cheng-chou advised him to abide by feudal ethics and the rite that would forbid him to marry the Queen Mother. Dorgon realized he could not force the marriage. And soon he was given the honorary title of the “Emperor’s Father and Prince-Regent” by the Queen Mother. After some coming to terms, he believed that he was nothing but a falcon tamed by the Queen Mother to conquer the world. In agitation, he mounted his horse and rode out of the capital, but then he fell off his horse and killed himself.

To settle the score, Emperor Shun-zhi gives the order to dig up Dorgon’s corpse from his grave and have it whipped before chopping off his head. Yu-er has deep feelings of grief and remorse, but for the sake of the dynasty, she can’t intervene…

Wei Hai-min, Tang Wen-hwua, Wen Yu-hang

The Performing Group│GuoGuang Opera Company
The GuoGuang Opera Company stands at the forefront of incorporating contemporary themes into Peking opera, modernizing this traditional art form and adding literary elements into new creations. The company has presented works inspired by fiction from 20th century female writer Eileen Chang, as well as Chinese calligraphy copybooks by fourth century Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi, underlining the troupe’s creative freedom in terms of themes and means of expression. In addition to its representative works of traditional Kunqu and Peking opera plays, its adaptations have also received plaudits in cultural circles, earning it both a Golden Bell Award and Taishin Arts Award, and are extremely popular among younger audiences. They have also been invited to put on shows across the Taiwan Strait as well as in many different countries around the world.

Organizer: National Center for Traditional Arts
Advisor: Ministry of Culture
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