and His Jester Strategist
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Cantonese opera veterans and emerging stars shine in a brand new opera
INTRODUCTIONBehind every man of power is a man of wit.
For nearly half a century, Emperor Wu of Han (140-87 BC) ruled over a nation stretching from Wiman Joseon (now North Korea) to Central Asia.
Emperor Wu of Han and his Jester Strategist explores the electrifying relationship between Emperor Wu and the charismatic and quick-witted courtier Dongfang Shuo during the founding years of the Han dynasty.
A worthy intellectual foil to Emperor Wu, Dongfang Shuo’s propensity for jests and tricks both challenges and complements the Emperor’s temperament. Their fiery rapport stokes a determination in Emperor Wu to turn the Han Dynasty into a great empire, opening up Silk Road trade routes between East and West and raising himself into one of the most powerful monarchs in world history.
Written by celebrated Cantonese opera performer Loong Koon-tin, emerging star Lai Yiu-wai, and Chinese opera educator and actor Lau Shun, this ground-breaking new opera charts the start of this Emperor’s extraordinary reign and the exceptional personalities of his court.
CAST & PRODUCTIONCo-written by
Koon Kin Kuen Company Limited
Commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival
SPECIAL NOTESWith Chinese surtitles and English scene synopsis
Jester's Cantonese Operatic Moment in the Spotlight
11 Feb 2017