A CAST OF 60 IN AN EPIC DANCE SENSATION
Direct from the award-winning creative team behind the
Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics
Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House 14 – 16 June 2012
OPERA WARRIORS showcases the best of Chinese modern theatre arts in a show that tells a story of the Peking Opera through martial arts and modern dance. To celebrate the closing of the Year of Chinese Culture in Australia, OPERA WARRIORS will premiere at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House with four shows only from 14 to 16 June.
OPERA WARRIORS is the story of three fantastically talented opera actors and their struggles and sacrifices to bring outstanding beauty to the stage. The story is set in the northern part of China in the early 20th century, where we meet three young protégés who hail from the same martial arts master. After completing their training, the three performers join a theatrical troupe until their lives diverge when fate and destiny take a hand. One is shot by accident trying to protect his kinsman, one suffers a disastrous love affair and one finds great success.
OPERA WARRIORS is choreographed by Mr Xing Shimiao, and scripted by Ms Pik Wah Li (Lilian Lee) – one of Hong Kong’s most popular columnists, whose screenplay Farewell My Concubine won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. Mr Sha Xiaolan, the Lighting Designer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of Beijing 2008 Olympics, will light the Opera House stage.
Leading Chinese dancer Mr Wang Di, who performed the painting scroll sequence in Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, and Mr Huang Doudou, China’s most famous male dancing artist, who performed Chinese Kung-Fu in the Closing Ceremony of 2004 Greece Olympic Games, will lead the troupe of 60 dancers. Popular Chinese folk singer Ms Tan Jing, will sing the OPERA WARRIORS theme song.
OPERA WARRIORS is an exquisite visual feast that combines an elaborate set, beautiful costumes, dynamic lighting and original music with a story that encompasses the dramas of life: full of ups and downs where a loss may turn out to be gain.
OPERA WARRIORS is brought to Sydney by the Shanxi Huajin Dance Art Troupe. Before coming to Australia, the Troupe has performed in the newest and best venue for performing arts, China National Centre for Performing Arts, in Beijing. Shanxi Huajin Dance Art Troupe, who last performed in Sydney five years ago with their show Forbidden Fruit Under The Great Wall.
Venue: Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Dates & Times: Thursday 14 June 7.30pm
Friday 15 June at 7.30pm
Saturday 16 June at 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Sydney Morning Herald