A rare showcase of xiqu heritage from Shanxi

The first event in our new Rare Classics series highlights the regional diversity of Chinese opera through a selection of ancient genres rarely seen in Hong Kong.

Shanxi Opera Excerpts showcases bangzi, or clapper opera, an ancient and influential xiqu genre known for its lively singing style accompanied by rhythmic wooden clappers. Presented by artists of four Shanxi troupes, the excerpts showcase distinct styles of four prominent regional genres: Pu opera, Jin opera, Beilu bangzi and Shangdang bangzi. A narrator/host provides an explanation of and insight into traditional skills and gestures.

Programme:
Jin Opera Running Through the City
Main Cast: Wang Jinwen
Performed by: Shanxi Jin Opera Theatre

Beilu Bangzi Fourth Brother Yang Visits His Mother
Main Cast: Li Gang, Yan Ling
Performed by: Datong Beilu Bangzi Opera Learning Centre

Shangdang Bangzi Death in the Shrine
Main Cast: Chen Suqin, Zheng Fagen
Performed by: Jincheng Shangdang Bangzi Opera Theatre

Pu Opera Hanging the Picture
Main Cast: Li Jing
Performed by: Linfen Small Plum Blossoms Pu Opera Training Centre

Language:
Performed in regional languages with Chinese and English surtitles

Date:
10–11 December 2021 (Friday–Saturday)

Time:
7:30pm
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Venue:
Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Tickets:
$312, $270

Concessions:

  • Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients, full-time students. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.
  • If you are a wheelchair user or a person with a disability you are entitled to buy one ticket at a concessionary price and one additional ticket at the same price for a companion. If there are more than two persons in your party, all other tickets will be at standard price unless the party members qualify for a concession in their own right.
  • 10% off with Tea House Theatre Experience ticket: Present a ticket for Tea House Theatre Experience and receive a 10% discount on one standard ticket. Offer available at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office only.

Remarks:

  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels which may affect the admission and seating arrangement. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • You must scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code using your mobile phone or register your name, contact number, and the date and time of your visit. You should also carry out temperature checks before entering the venues. Access will be denied if body temperature reading of the guest is 37.5°C or above.
    • If you have travelled outside Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Co-presented by:
Shanxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Xiqu Research Centre of the Chinese National Academy of Arts

General booking starts 22 June 2021 (Tuesday) at 10:00am.

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