Experience Peking Opera
Peking Opera Gala
27/11/2019 @Sadler's Wells Theatre
Warrior Women of Yang
28/11/2019 @Sadler's Wells Theatre
Special thank you to Kathy Hall for the translation
The China National Peking Opera Company
The China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is one of the national ensembles of performance arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China. Since its founding, the theatre has brought together a large number of outstanding performing artists and playwrights, directors, composers, stage artists, etc., who enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad, such as the Performing arts master Li Shao-chun, Yuan Shihai, Ye Shenglan, Du Jinfang, Li Hezeng, Zhang Yunxi, Zhang Chunhua, Li Shiji, the famous director A Jia, the esteemed playwright Weng Ouhong, Fan Junhong and so on. With a galaxy of elites, CNPOC has been built into Peking Opera performing art groups of great strength.
Over 50 years, the theatre has inherited, composed, and staged more than 500 traditional historical dramas of excellence, new historical dramas and modern Peking operas with different themes and genres. Basically, it is possessed of an art spirit of innovation, with expertise in inheriting, borrowing and shaping characters, and it forms a rigorous artistic style with profound ideological content, fresh stage, various schools, and neat line-up.
During years of artistic creation, and international and domestic performance appraisals, the theatre has more than 40 plays and over 100 people winning all sorts of awards. In recent years, National Peking Opera Theatre is always on the list of the domestic significant awards, for example, "Wenhua Award", "Five One Project Award", “the China Peking Opera Festival Gold Award”, "National Fine Stage Arts Project", "Mei Lanfang Gold Award", "Plum Blossom Award" and so on.
The China National Peking Opera Company is charged with the important task of cultural exchanges with foreign countries, and constantly sends art troupes performing around the world, which have visited 50 countries and regions, five continents, winning a good international reputation. To promote Sino-foreign cultural exchanges, enhance the friendship between Chinese people and the people of the world, it makes a positive contribution.
Warrior Women of Yang
This is a story that happened in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1269AD).
During the reign of the Emperor of Mercy, General Yang Zongbao led the Song army into battle against the invading regime of Western Xia. During a bloody battle, Zongbao and most of the men of the Yang family are killed defending their country’s borders.
Surviving soldiers Jiao Tinggui and Meng Huaiyuan rush to the Yang residence to break the devastating news to the family who are in the middle of celebrating Zongbao’s 50th birthday. The family are distraught with grief and vow revenge. Mu Guiying, Zongboa’s widow, encourages the Grand Dowager, She Tai Jun, aged 100, to approach the Emperor...
Peking Opera Gala
The Peking Opera Gala evening is an exceptional opportunity to experience an array of famous Peking Opera scenes highlighting the various performance aspects of this glorious art form; music, song, mime, acrobatics, stage-combat, illustrious costumes and painted faces. Featuring performances by the celebrated Peking Opera artists Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu including the famous ‘Drunken Imperial Concubine’ scene.
The Gala evening will be hosted by Kathy Hall in English, with English and Chinese surtitle.
《白蛇传-游湖》高翠 戴忠宇 陈旭之
《杨门女将-探谷》朱虹 潘月娇 戴忠宇 马翔飞
Peking Opera classic music: In the Deep of the Night
Peking Opera classic fight scenes:
A Duel with Ma Chao by Wei Penyu; Xu Mingyuan
Bamboo Forest Strategy by Liu Kuikui; Pan Yuejiao
Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven by Zhang Zhifang
Li Kui Visits his Mother by Zhang Jing; Wei Jiaqing
The Tale of White Snake: Visiting the West Lake by Gao Cui, Dai Zhongyu, Chen Xuzhi
Celestial Maiden Scatters Flowers: the Road of Clouds by Liu Mengjiao
The Empty Fort Stratagem by Liu Lei
Spring Dreams by Lyu Yaoyao
Warrior Women of Yang: investigate the valley by Zhu Hong; Pan Yuejiao; Dai Zhongyu; Ma Xiangfei
The Drunken Imperial Concubine by Li Shengsu
The Wild Boar Forest by Yu Kuizhi
Yang Silang Visits His Mother: At the Palace by Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu