a solo performance with three acts adapted from Shakespeare's King Lear, was premiered
at Taipei in 2001. In this solo performance, WU Hsing-Kuo, the Artistic Director
of the group, plays ten roles – King Lear, Fool, Dog, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia,
Earl of Gloucester, Edmund, Edgar, and Wu Hsing-kuo,” according to a release by the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.
“In1986, a group of Beijing opera performers, being
keenly aware of the decline of traditional Chinese opera, began thinking seriously
how to integrate traditional Chinese opera with modern theatre.
"Thanks to the efforts
of WU Hsing-Kuo, WEI Hai-Min, and other equally enthusiastic young Beijing opera
performers, Contemporary Legend Theatre (CLT) was founded. Since its founding,CLT
has been invited to perform abroad many times such as the Royal National
Theatre, London; the Festival d'Avignon (France); the Asian Performing Arts
Festival, Tokyo; the 40th Anniversary of Odin Theatre (Denmark); the Lincoln
Center Festival in New York; and Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh,”
the release said.
Photo by Dirk Bleicker, also provided
in the release
Editor's note: All information and the photo in
this post were contributed. (With special thanks to
Brian Su, director, Press Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York)
Labels: Contemporary Legend Theatre, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Yale Repertory Theatre