Presented & Produced by: Zuni Icosahedron
Danny Yung Experimental Theatre "Flee by Night"
Staged in Oslo, Singapore, Shanghai (World Expo), Yokohama and Taipei
The story of Lin Chong, one of the heroes of Water Margin -- how he was framed and persecuted by malicious court officials, and had to flee and join the band of Liangshan outlaws.
Following The Outcast General and the award-winning Tears of Barren Hill, Danny Yung brings a finale to his "Trilogy of Experimental Traditional Opera" with Flee by Night, a one-act Kunuqu opera that puts the wusheng role (martial) to its highest challenge. Flee by Night is one of the two surviving acts from the play The Legend of the Precious Sword written by the Mid-Ming playwright Li Kaixian. It tells the story of Lin Chong, one of the famous 108 Liangshan heroes from the Chinese classic novel Water Margin. Lin Chong, an honourable man and the chief instructor of the Imperial Guards, was framed and persecuted by malicious court officials. He was being hunted, and had no alternatives but to join the band of Liangshan outlaws. He was so overwhelmed with desolation and frustration that he started to weep for his star-crossed destiny.
Now, in the 21st Century, Danny Yung is making another adaptation of Flee by Night, allowing a historical figure to come to life on a contemporary stage. This performance is an elegy on the lingering melancholy and dejection of life, as well as a reappraisal of 450 years of theatre with all the tradition and innovation in between, showing us how resilient performing arts could be going through the different ages.
導演 / 文本 / 舞台設計：榮念曾
音樂 / 演出：潘德恕
Director / Text / Stage Design: Danny Yung
Performers: Ke Jun (Renowned Kunqu opera artist),
Yang Yang (Distinguished Young Actor of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Kun Opera Theatre)
Live Percussion: Li Lite (Famous Percussionist of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Kun Opera Theatre)
Music / Performer: Pun Tak Shu
Costume Design: Barney Cheng
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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