Chinese Opera-The Peony Pavilion (Chinese: 《牡丹亭》)
2014.06.06 - 2014.06.07

RMB 580, 380, 280, 180, 80

Huamei Zixin International Theatre
The Peony Pavilion (Chinese: 《牡丹亭》) is a play written by Tang Xianzu (1550—1616) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and first performed in 1598 at the Pavilion of Prince Teng (in Jiangxi province). As one of Tang's "Four Dreams," it has traditionally been performed as a Kun opera, a sort of Chinese stage art and one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera.

The play was set in the last days of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). On a fine Spring day, a maid persuades Du Liniang, a sixteen-year-old daughter of an important official, Du Bao, to take a walk in the garden, where she always falls asleep. In Du Liniang's dream she encounters a young scholar, identified later in the play as Liu Mengmei, whom in real life she has never met. Liu's bold advances start off a flaming romance between the two and it flourishes rapidly. Du Liniang's dream is interrupted by a flower petal falling on her, according to her soliloquy recounting the incident in a later act: (Reflection on the lost dream).

Du Liniang, however, becomes preoccupied with her dream affair and her lovesickness quickly consumes her. Unable to recover from her fixation, Du Liniang wastes away and dies. The “young version” of The Peony Pavilion, adapted by Pai Hsien-Yung (Production Director of the Play), has once again surprised the world with its breathtaking storyline and the modified, yet preserving costumes that are designed to accommodate the perspective of the modern audience.