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Peking and Kunqu opera classics to be staged

"Classics Revisited", a performance of Peking and Kunqu opera performed by the Jingkun Theatre from Hong Kong and the Shandong Peking Opera Theatre and presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be staged in Hong Kong next month (January).

The performance will include a selection of classic pieces such as the Peking and Kunqu opera, "The Legend of the White Snake", and excerpts from the Peking Operas, "The Meandering Valley", "The Capture and Release of Cao Cao", "The Teahouse from Romance of the Iron Bow" and "Attacking the White Tiger Brigade".

Famous Peking and Kunqu opera artists Tang Yuen-ha, Cai Zhengren, Wang Yujin, Liu Jianjie, Zhang Baozhi, Pang Huanliang and Zhou Hong will perform.

The Jingkun Theatre was formerly the Hong Kong Jing Kun Arts Association, which promoted Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera. Over the years, the association has organised and co-ordinated various kinds of performances, talks, workshops, courses and exhibitions. The more recently held events include the "Northern & Southern Kunqu Virtuosi Showcase" and a Kunqu Opera production revival "Wu Song and Pan Jinlian", as well as "The Return of the Condor Heroes", which was part of the Third China Peking Opera Festival organised by China's Ministry of Culture in 2001.

In recent years, Jingkun Theatre has been dedicated to audience building by introducing the art form to primary and secondary school students, and exposing them to Chinese dramatic arts and Chinese culture through guided appreciation workshops. The company will tour Europe next year to introduce the art of Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera to a wider audience.

The Shandong Peking Opera Theatre is renowned for its cast of virtuosi performers capable of performing all the stock roles in Chinese opera with professionalism and attention to detail. Many outstanding performers in Peking Opera have come from the company, including the venerable artists of the first generation and celebrated contemporary artists, as well as budding young performers. Many of these young artists have won awards in provincial and national competitions.

The company's repertory encompasses a wide spectrum of themes and types including traditional repertoire and new adaptations as well as modern and contemporary pieces. The company has toured many cities in China and has gone on overseas cultural exchanges, visiting Europe and Asia and winning popular as well as critical acclaim.

"The Legend of the White Snake" will be staged on January 20, 2006, and Excerpts from Peking Opera will be staged on January 21, 2006 at 7.30pm at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. (Chinese and English surtitles will be provided).

Tickets priced at $300, 220 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit .

Ends/Wednesday, December 7, 2005

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