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Invited Chinese Operas in Celebration of NCPA 10th Anniversary
Zhejiang Yue Opera Troupe ZHANG Yuniang

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Theatre
Dates: September 19-20, 2017

About
In the late Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279), ZHANG Yuniang, a talented woman, was born in Songyang, Zhejiang, a remarkable place full of beautiful mountains and waters. With a great talent for poetry composition, she was lauded as a great poetess of the Song Dynasty as famous as LI Qingzhao, ZHU Shuzhen and WU Shuji. Although she stayed in her boudoir all day long, which was surrounded by tall buildings, her thoughts were with the nation and people all the time. As a person of high principle, she had a sharper sense of integrity than everybody else around. Her poems were incomparably superior. In her collection of works Blue Snow, the words were beautiful and elegant like gentle breeze and bright moonlight, yet the underlined meanings had magnificent power and a bold vision. It is worthy of being called a splendid classic of Chinese culture.

Unfortunately, Yuniang suffered a harsh life. Despite her sharp sense of integrity, she died at a young age. She was engaged to SHEN Quan before they were born, and they found each other congenial. However, their journey to love was just an illusory joy and came to a tragic end. What is love? It is something more precious than life itself.

Executive Presenters: Songyang County, Municipal Government of Songyang County, Zhejiang Yue Opera Troupe

Credits
Artistic Consultant: QIAN Facheng
Playwrights: BAO Chaozan, TAO Tiefu
Director: TAO Tiefu
Composer: LIU Jiankuan
Orchestrators: LIU Jiankuan, YANG Haoping
Set Designers: ZHAO Guoliang, ZHAO Yiqing
Lighting Designers: ZHOU Zhengping, PANG Ruhui
Costume Designer: LAN Ling
Makeup Designers: LAN Ling, ZHANG Jing
Prop Designer: YE Linbin
Sound Designer: ZHAO Ke
Percussion Designer: QIAN Ke
Deputy Director: ZHOU Yunjuan
Choreographers: JIANG Xinguang, TAO Bo
Lead Singer: WANG Binmei
Drummer, Conductor: QIAN Ke
Lead Huqin Player: ZHANG Ke’en
MIDI Producer: DONG Dong

Cast
ZHANG Yuniang: XIE Lili
SHEN Quan: WANG Shihan
ZHANG Mao: WANG Weijia
LIU: ZHANG Jing
Zi’e: GUO Min
Shuang’e: LIU Liying
Afu: WANG Chunyan
Xiaolong: JIN Lu
WU Tong: HE Weilun
Housekeeper: YAO Zhizheng

Source: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: 2017-09-13