Nanyin and Liyuan opera are
Nanyin and Liyuan opera are some of the finest ancient art forms of Chinese culture. Their simple yet elegant characteristics have been preserved and passed down in the southern China provinces of Fujian and Guangdong over the ages, so much so that they are known as two of the “living fossils” of Chinese music and opera. Similarly, Qu Yuan’s Nine Songs has also survived for more than two millennia. It is a work that encapsulates the aesthetics of poetry from the ancient state of Chu while reflecting the customs and superstitions of its people.
In 2015, Soul Journey – Nine Songs was created using the traditional framework of Nanyin and Liyuan opera while exploring contemporary means of expressions among traditional and modern idioms. After nine months of discussion, exploration, coordination, experimentation, dialogue, communication, exchange, creation, rehearsal, and bringing everything together, ‘Soul Journey – Nine Songs’ began to take shape. Elements of instrumental music, singing, drama, body movement, lighting, image projection, sound effects, stage and costume design are incorporated into the production to create, suggest and interpret the spirit of Nine Songs, while simultaneously striving to present an all-out sensational experience of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.
Two years later, ‘Soul Journey – Nine Songs’ re-stages in a new creative direction, by adapting the original black box theatre performance onto a proscenium stage. This new adaption will travel to Quan Zhou, China, the birthplace of Nanyin and feature at the 3rd China Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival in December 2017.
Lin Shaoling and Lim Chin Huat
(Wednesday) 2:30 am - 4:15 pm