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Chinese Operas Marking NCPA 10th Anniversary
Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe The Palace of Eternal Youth

Venue: Theatre
Dates: November 16-19, 2017 
Duration: Approximate 145 mins (No intermissions)

About
HONG Sheng (1645-1704), a famous litterateur and dramatist in the Qing Dynasty, is the writer of the drama The Palace of Eternal Youth, which took over ten years to create based on the Tang Dynasty poem Everlasting Regret and Zaju of Yuan Dynasty Raindrops on the Phoenix Tree. The draft was revised three times before its completion.

HONG Sheng depicted pure love between Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty LI Longji and the consort YANG Yuhuan in a context of the historical event “An-Shi Rebellion” and the Tang Dynasty’s downfall from the pinnacle of its power. With a wild imagination, he made the characters travel throughout the world, hell and heaven at will, and talk with one another sincerely, be they humans, ghosts or immortals.

Shanghai Kuqu Opera Troupe’s full-fledged version of The Palace of Eternal Youth contains over 30 highlights that have never been inherited or performed, which are re-introduced and originated based on the traditional opera highlights. The performance, character figures, singing tune and music have been widely accepted among audience.

On the 10th anniversary of its production, this full-fledged version of The Palace of Eternal Youth will tour around China for the first time during the 2017 performing season. As a serial opera, it will be performed on four evenings at NCPA according to the following schedule.

November 16th, 2017
The Hairpin Case as a Token of Love
 
November 17th, 2017
The Rainbow-Coloured and Feathered Costume

November 18th, 2017
The Mawei Incident

November 19th, 2017
The Reunion in the Moon Palace

Instructing Institutions: Shanghai Municipal Government Promotion Department, Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV, Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles, China Theatre Association
Executive Presenter: Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas
Presenter: Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe
Executive Presenter: GU Haohao
Consultants: GUO Hancheng, LIU Housheng, BAI Xianyong, YU Qiuyu
Planner: CAI Zhengren, TANG Sifu
Supervisor: SHI Jian
Producers: ZHANG Youliang, WU Peng
Logistics and Administration Coordinator: XU Qingrong

Credits
Author: HONG Sheng
Literary Consultants: WANG Wenzhang, YE Changhai
Translators: YANG Xianyi, DAI Naixuan
Script Arrangement: TANG Sifu
General Director: CAO Qijing
Directors: SHEN Bin, ZHANG Mingrong
Artistic Guide: CAI Zhengren, ZHANG Jingxian
Singing Tune Designer: GU Zhaolin
Orchestrator: LI Liang
Percussion Music Designer: LI Xiaoping
General Set Designer: LIU Yuansheng
Set Designer: LIU Fusheng
Assistant Set Designer: NI Fang
Lighting Designer: LI Xisheng
Costume Designers: CHENG Shuyi, XU Hongqing
Make-up and Style Designer: FU Fenglong, DOU Yunfeng
Choreographers: GAN Chunwei, DING Yun

Cast
Emperor of Tang: NI Xuhao, LI An, CAI Zhengren
YANG Yuhuan: LUO Chenxue, CHEN Yili, ZHANG Jingxian, YU Bin
GAO Lishi: HOU Zhe, ZHU Linyan, TAN Xiao, HU Gang
GUO Ziyi: MIU Bin, JI Yunfeng
AN Lushan: AN Xinyu
YANG Guozhong: WANG Jinyu, KANG Hong
LI Guinian: ZHANG Weiwei, MIU Bin
CHEN Yuanli: MIU Bin, JI Yunfeng
Yongxin: TAO Siyu
Niannu: TANG Bobo
Madame of Qin (YANG Yuhuan's Sister): YUAN Jia
Madame of Guo (YANG Yuhuan's Sister): JIANG Ke
Madame of Han (YANG Yuhuan's Sister): ZHANG Li
Zhinü (Weave Girl): JIANG Ke, LUO Chenxue
Chang’e: LUO Chenxue

Band
Performer: Band of Shanghai Kuqu Opera Troupe
Drummers: LIN Feng, GAO Jun, LI Qi
Flute Players: YANG Ziyin, QIAN Yin

Synopsis
During Tianbao years in Tang Dynasty, a beauty named YANG Yuhuan has been titled Guifei by Emperor Ming of Tang Dynasty because of her gorgeous beauty and talented gift in terms of singing and dancing. However, the An-Shi Rebellion broke out and it shattered and destroyed the beautiful dream of Emperor Ming of Tang Dynasty and YANG Guifei.

Presenter
Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe

Established in 1978, the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe (SKOT) is national Kunqu institution in China, which is currently led by Ms. GU Haohao. With Kunqu Maestro Yu Zhenfei as its first president, SKOT possesses a group of outstanding artists among which 15 of them are national/ provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage inheritors, while nine of them has attained the Plum Blossom Prize, and two of them are the awardees of Chinese Government Cultural Award. The troupe has also constantly demonstrated its brilliance in various national theatrical competitions, including the China Art Festival, the Shanghai Magnolia Drama contest and the China Kunqu Festival, etc. The accomplishment of Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe has further been recognized by the Ministry of Culture, which claims that SKOT is “a first class theatrical institution with first class of actors, repertoires and performances.”

Source: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: 2017-11-08