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Revisiting a Fine Selection of Cantonese Opera: A Fan to Remember and The Cosmic Mirror
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A Fan to Remember
Date: 14-15.12.2018 (Fri-Sat)  Venue: Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

The story takes place in Nanjing at the end of the Ming Dynasty when the Manchu settle on the Central Plains.  A titled scholar, Hou Chaozong, and a famous courtesan, Li Xiangjun, are both noted for their literary excellence and very much in love.  To commemorate this, they write a love poem on a fan.  The opportunist Ruan Dacheng wants Chaozong to join the faction, so he offers Xiangjun dowry gifts, but is humiliatingly turned down.  On hearing the news of the dethroned emperor Chongzhen’s suicide at Meishan, his subjects are devastated.  The loyalists set up an altar in the wild, wailing for his spirit to return.  Dacheng, now a trusted courtier of the new emperor Prince of Fu, chases them away.  On the other hand, Chaozong, as one of the loyalists, receives a secret letter from Shi Kefa, the Minister of Military Affairs of Ming guarding the last city in Yangzhou. He immediately takes leave of Xiangjun and goes to Yangzhou.  The city falls after a futile defence, and a ten-day massacre follows.  Shi Kefa gives his clothes to Chaozong for his cenotaph before he commits suicide.  Back in Nanjing, with Yang Longyou as the go-between, Dacheng coerces Xiangjun to marry someone else.  To show that she is willing to die rather than succumb to his plan, Xiangjun throws herself against a pillar.  Xiangjun’s blood stains her fan. As a reminder of the tragedy, Longyou adds a few strokes to turn it into a painting of peach blossoms.  Xiangjun’s bosom friend, Zhenli, is willing to sacrifice herself by taking her place and obliges Dacheng’s wedding arrangement in tears. 

 

Some time has passed.  With the country in demise and himself in dire straits, Chaozong runs into Zhenli one night on the river.  Zhengli has lost her family in the chaos, and becomes a fisherwoman.  At the same time, Xiangjun gets into trouble with the Qing soldiers when she flees from war.  When they try to take away her fan, she refuses to let go.  The fan gets ripped, and Xiangjun is devastated.  When a cenotaph of Shi Kefa is erected at the Plum Blossom Taoist Temple, thousands of people throng to pay tribute to him.  There, Chaozong, Xiangjun and Zhenli meet again. The sounds of the chimes and the woodblock of the temple seem to remind them that life is but an elusive dream.  The fan is properly buried; the lovers part with a vow to reunite in another life.

 

Ruan Dewen as Hou Chaozong

Hong Wah as Li Xiangjun

Chan Ka-ming as Li Zhenli

Liu Kwok-sum as Yang Longyou

Hung Hoi as Shi Kefa

Wong Hai-wing as Kou Baimen

Lui Hung-kwong as Liu Jingting

Kim Lun as Prince of Fu

Kim Ying as Qing soldiers

Kwong Shing-kwan as Ruan Dacheng

Chung Kui-man as Taoist priest

 

The Cosmic Mirror
Date: 13.1.2019 (Sun)  Venue: Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Date: 25.1.2019 (Fri)  Venue: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

The country has suffered a three-year drought.  The Dragon King, who administers rainfall, issues a mandate to the mortals that they should find the Cosmic Mirror at a precipice in order to end this disaster.  In the mortal world, Du Shuangcheng has just been appointed the prefect of the area and is celebrating with his family.  The unexpected order from the Emperor of the country throws the whole family into distress.  Just as Shuangcheng and his wife, Yuexi, secretly discuss ways to get out of this, Shuangcheng’s elder sister Shuangyi admonishes him of his duty as a public servant.  To make him realise it, she even kills herself.  So with tears in their eyes, the couple embarks on the journey.  They encounter many hazards on the way, from rough terrain to heavy snowstorm.  Their guard and entourage are killed when they try to protect them.  Then the couple gets stranded in the snowstorm, Yuexi sacrifices her life for the survival of her husband by feeding him with her own blood.  After Shuangcheng has barely managed to escape to safety, he meets two beautiful temptresses.  He is so enticed that he is about to give up his mission.  At this critical moment, the spirits of Shuangchen’s sister, wife and attendants suddenly appear, castigating him for such weakness of will.  Shuangcheng is brought back to his senses.  He realizes the importance of his mission and is now determined to break away from the temptresses.  As he succeeds in finding the mirror and conducts the offering ritual to the Dragon King, he sees all those who have sacrificed for the cause appear before him, phantoms turning into celestials as they rise to heaven.

 

Song Hongbo as Peacock God / Du Shuangcheng

Zong Yunsin as Yuexi / Goddess

Chan Ka-ming as Du Shuangyi / Goddess

Hong Wah as Goddess / State Preceptor / Mad Woman / Bi Lian

Hung Hoi as Wei Tuo / Luo Qi

Kim Lun as Jia Lan / Feng Biao

Kim Ying as Arhats / Owner of unscrupulous shop

Lin Xinling as Goddess / Owner of unscrupulous shop / Zi Lian

 

The running time of the performance is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes.

 

Information provided by the arts group

 

Please refer to Chinese version.

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
14.12.2018 (Fri) - 15.12.2018 (Sat)
19:30
Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
location
$320, $240, $120
13.01.2019 (Sun)
14:30
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
location
$280, $220, $120
25.01.2019 (Fri)
19:30
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
location
$280, $220, $160, $120
DATE
14.12.2018 (Fri) - 15.12.2018 (Sat)
19:30
PRICE
$320, $240, $120
DATE
13.01.2019 (Sun)
14:30
PRICE
$280, $220, $120
DATE
25.01.2019 (Fri)
19:30
PRICE
$280, $220, $160, $120

Tickets available from 23 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325

Ticketing Enquiries:3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.
The programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
11.12.2018 (Tue)
19:30
Function Room, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
location
Free Admission
21.12.2018 (Fri)
19:30
03.01.2019 (Thu)
19:30
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
location
Free Admission
13 Jan 2019 (Sun)
After the performance
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
location
Free Admission
DATE
11.12.2018 (Tue)
19:30
PRICE
Free Admission
DATE
21.12.2018 (Fri)
19:30
03.01.2019 (Thu)
19:30
PRICE
Free Admission
DATE
13 Jan 2019 (Sun)
After the performance
PRICE
Free Admission

Pre-Performance Talk of A Fan to Remember

11 Dec 2018 (Tue) 7:30pm

Function Room, 4/F, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

Speakers: Yeung Chi-sum, Ruan Dewen, Hong Wah

                                                                   

Post-Performance Talk of A Fan to Remember

21 Dec 2018 (Fri) 7:30pm

AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speakers: Ruan Dewen, Hong Wah

 

Pre-Performance Talk of The Cosmic Mirror

3 Jan 2019 (Thu) 7:30pm

AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Speakers: Yeung Chi-sum, Song Hongbo, Zong Yunsin

 

Post-Performance Talk of The Cosmic Mirror

13 Jan 2019 (Sun) After the performance

Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

Speakers: Yeung Chi-sum, Song Hongbo, Zong Yunsin

 

In Cantonese

 

Free Admission. Limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
  • date14.12.2018 (Fri) - 15.12.2018 (Sat) 19:30
  • price$320, $240, $120
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
  • date13.01.2019 (Sun) 14:30
  • price$280, $220, $120
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
  • date25.01.2019 (Fri) 19:30
  • price$280, $220, $160, $120
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DATE
VENUE
PRICE
14.12.2018 (Fri) - 15.12.2018 (Sat)
19:30
Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
location
$320, $240, $120
13.01.2019 (Sun)
14:30
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
location
$280, $220, $120
25.01.2019 (Fri)
19:30
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
location
$280, $220, $160, $120
DATE
14.12.2018 (Fri) - 15.12.2018 (Sat)
19:30
PRICE
$320, $240, $120
DATE
13.01.2019 (Sun)
14:30
PRICE
$280, $220, $120
DATE
25.01.2019 (Fri)
19:30
PRICE
$280, $220, $160, $120
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