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January
"Heroic Heroines of Peking Opera" Showcases Renowned Repertoires

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Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Heroic Heroines of Peking Opera" acted by National Class performers will be staged from this Thursday to Sunday (Jan 23 to 26) at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Performance details are as follows:

January 23 (Thursday) 7:30pm

The Story of Hua Bilian and Luo Hongxun (Part I)

January 24 (Friday) 7:30pm

The Story of the White Snake

January 25 (Saturday) 7:30pm

Mu Guiying Defeats the Enemy's Tianman Battle Array

January 26 (Sunday) 2:30pm

Excerpts from the Opera - Hu Village, Scouting in the Valley from Lady Generals of the Yang Family, Lady Zhaojun Going Beyond the Great Wall and Blue Rock Hill

January 26 (Sunday) 7:30pm

The Imperial Mansion and Eight Sledgehammers (Excerpt)

National Class actors such as Li Jingwen, Shi Yihong (Shi Min), Hou Danmei, Gu Haohao, Xi Zhonglu, He Shu, An Ping, Xiao Runnian, Huang Shaopeng and Jin Xiquan will participate in these operas.

Li Jingwen is a National Class One Performer, a famous performer of wudan roles and associate director of Peking Opera Theatre of Shenyang. Li was the winner of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. She became a disciple of the famous Peking Opera artist, Guan Sushuang and was a student of Liu Xiurong in 1993. She is known for her solid groundwork in military skills, assured moves and powerful fighting actions. Her repertory consists of both military and civil roles. Her performance in Singapore won her the praise of "The Queen of 'Wudan' in China".

Shi Yihong (Shi Min) is a National Class One Performer. Shi was a famous young performer of Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre and the winner of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. She is known for her refreshing stage personae, and a broad-range in voice. In addition to being a remarkable performer capable of both military and civil roles, Shi was named one of the "Ten Best" Young Artists of Shanghai in 1993 and the winner of the White Magnolia Award at the Shanghai Theatre Festival in 1994.

Hou Danmei is a National Class One Performer and director of the Peking Opera Troupe of Guiyang City. She is a prized pupil of the famous Peking Opera artist, Guan Sushuang and a winner of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre. Her accolades include the Best Performer among Young Peking Opera Performances in China Award, the Five One Project Award and the Outstanding Performer Award at the China Peking Opera Festival.

Gu Haohao is an outstanding young performer at the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She was directly under the coaching of Wang Zhiquan. She was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Shanghai and was a winner of the Artistic Award for Promoting Kunqu Opera at the Accreditation Showcase for Outstanding Young to Middle-aged Performers in Chinese Kunqu Opera.

Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre was founded in 1955, with Maestro Zhou Xinfang as its founding director. For more than four decades, the company is under the influence of the unique humanistic atmosphere of its home base and has developed its own artistic style. It is supported by a talented cast and staff and has built up a stock repertory of great number and variety. Accolades won include the Chinese Opera Society Award, the Grand Prix of the Wenhua Awards and the Grand Prix of the China Arts Festival, etc. The company is not only highly esteemed in China but also enjoys fame overseas.

Peking Opera Theatre of Shenyang was formerly the Liaoning Peking Opera Troupe. Its artistic excellence as an exponent of the Tang School of the art under Maestro Tang Yunsheng has distinguished it among other companies in the genre. It shares fame with the Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre and the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing as exponents of the artistic styles of three maestros, "Qi (Lintong) of the South, Ma (Lianliang) of the North and Tang (Yunsheng) beyond the Great Wall". In the 1950s, the company had already won critical acclaim all over the world.

Peking Opera Troupe of Guiyang City was formed by a merger between the Peking Opera Troupe of the Militia of Guizhou Province and the Qianguang Peking Opera Society of Guiyang City. The Troupe has won awards for its productions, including "The Storms on Miao Mountains", which was performed in Beijing. The newly arranged historical piece "Fan Zhongyan" won the coveted National Five One Project Award.

Tickets priced at $320, $240, $180 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-priced concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). There will be a 10% discount for every purchase of 4-9 tickets, 15% for 10-19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7323 while ticketing enquiries and reservations on 2734 9009. For credit card telephone booking, please call 2111 5999. Please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

End/Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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