《临川四梦》之《紫钗记》 Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall – A Pair of Purple Hairpins by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团
《临川四梦》之《紫钗记》 Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall – A Pair of Purple Hairpins by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团

《临川四梦》之《紫钗记》 Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall – A Pair of Purple Hairpins by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团

DATE

27 Mar (Fri) - 27 Mar (Fri)

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TIME

Friday, 20:00 - 20:00

PRICE

VIP Meet & Greet: S$108 Standard: S$88, S$68, S$48, S$28 Box B & G: S$48 Box B - G: S$28 VIP Meet & Greet ticket holders are entitled to an exclusive meet & greet with the lead performers after the show.

LOCATION

Esplanade Theatre

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The shortest of the Four Dreams, A Pair of Purple Hairpins is also the most evocative. Scholar Li Yi falls in love with famous courtesan Huo Xiaoyu and becomes man and wife. However, their relationship was persecuted by military official Lu, and the pair were separated. Huo is consumed with longing for Li. In a dream, she meets a chivalrous knight who is dressed in yellow robes and carries a fine sword. He gifts her with a pair of embroidered shoes (the Chinese pronunciation of shoes is a homonym of the Chinese word for harmony), and she sees this as a sign that the star-crossed couple will find their way back to each other.
In reality, a happy ending would have been virtually impossible under the same circumstances. The knight in yellow robes is a symbol of resistance towards authoritarian power and expresses Tang’s hope of a better world.
Cast: Li An, Shen Yili
About Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall
For every Kunqu performer, it is a dream to be a part of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall. Written by influential Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu, it is a collection of four outstanding classic operas regarded for its culture value and philosophical thoughts. Author Wang Siren, Tang’s contemporary, summarised the collection as chivalry (A Pair of Purple Hairpins), love (The Peony Pavilion), Buddhist meditation (A Dream Under the Southern Bough) and immortality (The Tale of Handan). These four dreams are the crystallisation of Tang’s experiences, insights and artistry, and have long been regarded as the benchmark of excellence for Kunqu works. Four centuries later, the incomparable brilliance of these Four Dreams still shines bright.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Tang Xianzu’s passing in 2016, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe began touring performances of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall to various parts of the world. The performances were well-received regionally and internationally in major Chinese cities, as well as in USA, Czech Republic and Belgium.
The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe believes in respecting and revering tradition and is dedicated to the continuation and promotion of Kunqu. This is the spirit which the troupe adopted in their approach towards the production of the Four Dreams. A dream unfolds each evening, and over the course of four nights, the troupe weaves a cohesive experience for audiences through imaginative staging that brings alive the literary beauty of Tang’s words and the aesthetic essence of Kunqu.
These works are performed by opera icons as well as younger performers who are given the opportunity to share the stage with Kunqu masters. The result is an elegant expression of Kunqu that is both precise and nuanced — a worthy homage to one of the oldest opera genres in the world.

《临川四梦》中文词最浓烈、篇幅也最短的梦。故事描述才子李益与名妓霍小玉纯洁自由的爱情和婚姻,遭受代表政治势力的卢太尉的阻挠与破坏,霍小玉相思成疾,梦里只见一位腰佩宝剑,身穿黄衫的侠士赠她一双绣鞋(鞋有和谐之意),喻示着李霍二人终究会重谐连理。在当时的现实里,如此完美的结果几乎是不可能成真的。汤显祖借这位敢于反抗权势的黄衫侠士,表达了他心中的梦想和对理想世界的期许。
主演:黎安、沈昳丽
《临川四梦》- 简介
《临川四梦》,可说是昆曲人终其一生的梦。明代戏剧大师汤显祖留下的这四部经典传奇,具有深刻的文学价值与哲学思想,同期另一明代作家王思任用精妙的二字如此概括四梦:《紫钗记》,侠也;《牡丹亭》,情也;《南柯记》,佛也;《邯郸记》,仙也。四梦,是剧作家凝聚毕生心血创作的人生之梦,也是戏曲舞台的标杆之作。沧海桑田400余年,大师的旷世之作依然光芒闪烁!
上海昆剧团自2016年为纪念汤显祖大师逝世400周年开始《临川四梦》的巡演,无论在中国各大城市,还是远赴美国、捷克、比利时,所到之处无不造成轰动,一票难求。
剧团秉持“尊重传统、敬畏传统,从而激活传统”的态度,不断修改、淬炼、传承,进行四梦文本整编和舞台排演,为打造四梦在连续四晚一气呵成演完,舞美以传统戏曲的一桌二椅为基调,设计出空灵写意的四梦一景舞台,一派简约间,汤显祖作品的文学性和昆曲的唯美性竟然更显通透强烈。
《邯郸记》《紫钗记》《南柯梦记》《牡丹亭》,顺序上演,国家一级二级名家名角与中青两代演员,承袭大师前辈的技艺,以规范细腻的表演,展现“百戏之母”昆曲的典雅与风采!

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