Cantonese Opera
Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers (Reboot)
Chinese Opera 
1-2 Mar 2019
Cantonese Opera
Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers (Reboot)
Chinese Opera 
1-2 Mar 2019

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Cantonese Opera
Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers (Reboot)
Chinese Opera 
1-2 Mar 2019

Cantonese Opera
Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers (Reboot)

Fredric Mao’s re-staging of this ravishing Cantonese opera by Tong Tik-sang boasts a fresh approach to script writing, acting, music and production. A modern perspective of a classic opera, this 2018 HKAF-commissioned production will be reworked and refined to reach a wider audience from Hong Kong and beyond.

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Fredric Mao’s re-staging of this ravishing Cantonese opera by Tong Tik-sang boasts a fresh approach to script writing, acting, music and production. A modern perspective of a classic opera, this 2018 HKAF-commissioned production will be reworked and refined to reach a wider audience from Hong Kong and beyond.

Redefining Cantonese opera aesthetics
A ravishing tale of star-crossed lovers

Fredric Mao’s re-staging of this ravishing Cantonese opera by Tong Tik-sang boasts a fresh approach to script writing, acting, music and production. A modern perspective of a classic opera, this 2018 HKAF-commissioned production under the Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series will be reworked and refined to reach a wider audience from Hong Kong and beyond.

A historical tale of political intrigue, romance and honour, Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers is a widely acclaimed, Kun-inspired Cantonese opera. Prince Anxi has long planned to revolt, and so the Yuan court orders marshal Zou Hualong and undercover agent Jiang Liuyun to infiltrate his mansion as spies. When Jiang is tricked into entering the forbidden Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers by eunuch Bala, he meets Princess Baihua, who immediately falls for his graceful demeanour. While the princess offers Jiang a sword and her hand in marriage, deception and turmoil threaten to enmesh them.

Originally written in 1958 for the Lai Sing Opera Troupe, Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers has remained a widely popular work in the repertoire of great actors such as Ho Fei-fan and Ng Kwan-lai. To revamp this classic, director Fredric Mao teamed up with young playwright Kong Chun-Kit to update the script with new performance components and a modern point of view. With its evocative portrayals and emphasis on unfolding drama, this contemporary adaptation showcases the artistry of the next generation of Cantonese opera performers.


Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Approx 2 hrs 30 mins incl one interval
Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
Adaptation and Direction   
Fredric Mao

Original Text     
Tong Tik-sang

Co-adaptation     
Kong Chun-kit

Music Direction     
Li Cheung-ming

Dramaturg     
Chan Sau Yan

Choreographer    
Hong Hai

Set Designer     
Ricky Chan

Costume Designer    
Mandy Tam

Lighting Designer    
Billy Chan

Sound Designer
Yuen Cheuk-wa

Cast      
Wang Zhiliang
Lin Yingshi
Hong Hai
Fu Shuwang
Shirley Lin
Chu Siu-yat
Introduction
Redefining Cantonese opera aesthetics
A ravishing tale of star-crossed lovers

Fredric Mao’s re-staging of this ravishing Cantonese opera by Tong Tik-sang boasts a fresh approach to script writing, acting, music and production. A modern perspective of a classic opera, this 2018 HKAF-commissioned production under the Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series will be reworked and refined to reach a wider audience from Hong Kong and beyond.

A historical tale of political intrigue, romance and honour, Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers is a widely acclaimed, Kun-inspired Cantonese opera. Prince Anxi has long planned to revolt, and so the Yuan court orders marshal Zou Hualong and undercover agent Jiang Liuyun to infiltrate his mansion as spies. When Jiang is tricked into entering the forbidden Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers by eunuch Bala, he meets Princess Baihua, who immediately falls for his graceful demeanour. While the princess offers Jiang a sword and her hand in marriage, deception and turmoil threaten to enmesh them.

Originally written in 1958 for the Lai Sing Opera Troupe, Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers has remained a widely popular work in the repertoire of great actors such as Ho Fei-fan and Ng Kwan-lai. To revamp this classic, director Fredric Mao teamed up with young playwright Kong Chun-Kit to update the script with new performance components and a modern point of view. With its evocative portrayals and emphasis on unfolding drama, this contemporary adaptation showcases the artistry of the next generation of Cantonese opera performers.


Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Approx 2 hrs 30 mins incl one interval
Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
Cast & Creatives
Adaptation and Direction   
Fredric Mao

Original Text     
Tong Tik-sang

Co-adaptation     
Kong Chun-kit

Music Direction     
Li Cheung-ming

Dramaturg     
Chan Sau Yan

Choreographer    
Hong Hai

Set Designer     
Ricky Chan

Costume Designer    
Mandy Tam

Lighting Designer    
Billy Chan

Sound Designer
Yuen Cheuk-wa

Cast      
Wang Zhiliang
Lin Yingshi
Hong Hai
Fu Shuwang
Shirley Lin
Chu Siu-yat