Tang Xianzu the Playwright in Concert

China's greatest playwright
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  • Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
    Melbourne • 5 April 7:30pm
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  • Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
    Melbourne • 5 April 7:30pm
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About the event

Over 100 talented musicians from the Symphony Orchestra and Opera of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) will make their Australian debut in Tang Xianzu the playwright in Concert.

Known as the Shakespeare of the East, Tang Xianzu is considered China’s greatest playwright. Tang is most famous for the Four Dreams—four works originally adapted to be performed as traditional Chinese operas (known as kunqu).

Tang the Playwright in Concert theatrically explores the different stages of Tang's life with references to his four main plays, banded together under the name The Four Dreams of Linchuan. The individual plays are: Zi chai ji (The Purple Hairpin), Nan ke ji (A Dream Under a Southern Bough), Handan Meng (Dream of Handan), and, most famous of all, the Mu Dan Ting (The Peony Pavilion). All four works were originally adapted to be performed as traditional Chinese operas (known as kunqu).

Through a dream narrative, Tang explores in his first three plays the emotional dimension of human desires and ambitions, uncovering human nature beyond the social and political constraints of the feudal system of the time. Tang uses a similar dream motif adopted in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. First performed in 1598, The Peony Pavilion is a romantic tragicomedy, containing a grand total of 55 scenes.

"From China with Love: Tang Xianzu Was the Shakespeare of the Orient"

MARY MAZZILLI, THE CONVERSATION