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Women Are Renamed
Women Are Renamed
    • 2013/05/10 09:00 ~ 2013/05/10 09:00
The theme of war has always been an unfading favorite. Filled with killing and shouting, it is always men's masculinity that embodies war and blankets out female images. One wonders, what was the wartime role of woman? To answer this question, the playwright Shi Ru-fang pays attention to women in times of war. She draws on the metacognitive device similar to that used by Pirandello in his Six Characters in Search of an Author to recount stories of women whose destinies are entangled with war.

With an ongoing debate between the roles of"playwright" and "dan female impersonator," the lives of Yang Gui-fei, Li Xiang-lan, Helen of Tryo, Empress Lu, Ashi, Xun Shang-xiang, Mu Gui-ying, and Yang Jin-hus are examined. The play also incorporates Wang Hai-ling's story into its plot. Wang, at the age of 16, performed in Yang Jin-hua Assumes Commander-in-Chief. She was so successful that she single-handedly turned around the declining fate of Henan Bangzi Opera in Taiwan. In the plot line, Wang Hai-ling plays herself and looks back on her theater career.

The director of this play, Liu Shou-yao, comes from modern theater. He arranged this play to be a modern play that integrates opera elements. Therefore, he draws on various styles of performance arts, such as stage play, popular dance, dance hall music, puppetry, as well as traditional Henan Bangzi Opera sections. The arrangement binds together three thousand years of time and space, allowing the audience full appreciation of the unlimited potentiality of Henan Bangzi Opera actors/actresses.
 Category  Xiqu(Tradional Opera)
 Type  Henan Bangzi Opera
 Chinese Title  巾幗‧華麗緣
 Group  Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company
 Subtitle  Mandarin Chinese/English
 Premiere  2013-05-10
 Venue  The Metropolitan Hall, Taipei
 Duration  172min
 Image Source   NationalCenter for Traditional Arts、Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company 
 Other Works  Bond, The Sorceress Bride, The Widow's Peak, Grandauntie Liu 
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