It has been about a century since Taiwanese opera evolved from the songs and dances of local operettas. The themes covered have also changed significantly in recent years, shifting from the well-known ancient script plays usually set in China, to stories relating to Taiwan.
Lin Shao-mao: Taiwanese Knight-errant is a cross-disciplinary adaptation from a literary work by Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group. Based on Xiao Mao: The Legend of Lin Xiaomao by Shi Da-le, a Taiwanese writer of wuxia (martial arts warrior genre) and National Publication Award winner, it is the first story of its kind written in Taiwanese and featuring legendary local figure Lin Shao-mao, who rebelled against Japanese rule in Taiwan.
Using traditional Taiwanese opera to interpret an ancient script story from Taiwan, the play fuses together history with fiction, modern drama with traditional opera, bringing the story of Lin Shao-mao to the stage, and creating new possibilities for Taiwanese theater.
Time, Date, and Venue
19:30-22:20, Friday, February 2, 2018
14:30-17:20, Saturday, February 3, 2018
19:30-22:20, Saturday, February 3, 2018
14:30-17:20, Sunday, February 4, 2018
Length: about 170 min. (with a 20 min. intermission)
Venue: Main Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center
Ticket price: NT$300/400/600/800/1,000/1,200/1,400/1,600/2,000
Note: the matinee and evening shows on Saturday, February 3, 2018, will be recorded.
The shows will be performed in Taiwanese, with Chinese subtitles.
The Performing Group│ Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group
Founded in 1929, Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group has experienced the ups and downs of Taiwanese opera. Today, with its approachable and lively performing style, extravagant and colorful stage settings, energetic and unrestrained performances, and contemporary themes, the group has taken grassroots Taiwanese opera from open-air stages to national performance halls. With a mission to produce Eastern musical dramas, the group travels around the world, introducing Taiwanese opera to audiences everywhere.
Organizer: National Center for Traditional Arts
Advisor: Ministry of Culture
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* The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event program.