Time, Date, and Venue
◇ 2021/01/24 sun. 14:30-16:50
◇ Venue：Main Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center
◇ Length：140 minutes (including 20 minutes intermission)
◇ Ticket Price：NT$400/600/800/1000/1200/1600/1800/2000/2500
◆ With Mandarin surtitles
About the Performance
"A Reunion of Spears" is a traditional Bangzi piece based on "The Romance of Spears" and "Fighting with Spears", also known as the "Reunion of Father and Son" and "Luo Song Looking for His Father". The story concerns General Cheng Yaojin starting a revolution at Wakang Fort in the last years of the Sui dynasty. While the audience is expecting a tale of tragic wars and brave deeds, the play surprises them with "family dilemmas" – something often overlooked in martial plays. General Luo Cheng's father Luo Yi, who has beenaway from home for forty years, left behind his wife Jiang Guizhi who bitterly waits for him to return. When they finally reunite, Jiang is burning with anger because Luo refuses to acknowledge their relationship. After an angry yet funny fight, the story ends with a happy family reunion.
This classic piece features laodan (old female roles), which is not common intraditional Chinese opera .Two highlights include the unique sustained notes of qingyi-laodan (a special role in Bangzi opera featuring both qingyi and laodan) and the beautiful martial dances of laosheng and laodan. Three long passages sung by Jiang Guizhi are interwoven throughout the entire play, furnishing the audience with the information of how she meets her husband, advises him, hopes for him to come home, and curses him. The transition between the plaintive tones of the young qingyi to the mature notes of laodan vividly express the emotional journey of the heroine as she ages.
In this challenging piece, the plot moves at a fast pace with abundant singing, body movements, and martial dance focusing on the waist and legs. Thdemanding undertaking is usually designed for wusheng or wudan. As this play features laosheng and laodan, the performers must never forget the emotional aspects of the characters while displaying their agile martial skills. The "fighting" between the old couple is in fact a heart-to-heart conversationthat simultaneously entertains the audience with its emotionally rich singing and physical interactions.
The Performing Group│Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company
Originating in Henan, China, Bangzi Opera presents the characteristics of the sincerity, passion and boldness of Northern China. It is suffused with the forthright, bold, and unconstrained spirit of Northern China. The Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company was established in Zuoying, Kaohsiung over sixty years ago. Led by Wang Hai-Ling, the Empress of Taiwan Bangzi Opera, and the fresh blooms of the younger generation of performers, the Company constantly strives forward in the creation of new works, blending in local arts and culture and synthesizing a uniquely Taiwanese form of Bangzi Opera. Every year, the Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company mounts a new production, bringing elite artists of the modern theater together in interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. The Company also vigorously pursues its educational mission, promoting Bangzi Opera at home and abroad to wide acclaim.
Performer：Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company
Organizer：National Center for Traditional Arts
Advisor：Ministry of Culture
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