The oldest opera in the Min-nan language, Li Yuan Opera is sung and spoken in the Chuanzhou dialect. It includes the small Li-yuan “qi-zi ban,” performed by child actors, and the big Li-yuan of “Shang-lu” and “Xia-nan,” performed by adult actors. From the beginning of the Qing occupation period, “Qizi Opera” had been popular in Taiwan until it was replaced by “Kaochia Opera” in the middle of the Japanese occupation period. Today, Gang-a-tsui Theatre and Hahe Academy are the two troupes that have maintained this operatic tradition and performed Li Yuan Opera on stages in Taiwan.
Whispering from the Rear Garden premiered in 2002. The stage setting is neither a regular indoor stage nor an open-air stage, but is in the Jiangnan s... (Read more)