《临川四梦》之《邯郸记》 Four Dreams in the Camillia Hall – The Tale of Handan by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团
《临川四梦》之《邯郸记》 Four Dreams in the Camillia Hall – The Tale of Handan by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团

《临川四梦》之《邯郸记》 Four Dreams in the Camillia Hall – The Tale of Handan by Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe 上海昆剧团

DATE

26 Mar (Thu) - 26 Mar (Thu)

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TIME

Thursday, 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 down-and-out scholar Lu Sheng dreams of a life of fortune, power and women. He encounters the immortal Lu Dongbin who gifts him a porcelain pillow. That night, as Lu laid his head on the pillow, he dreams of becoming a top scholar and was married to a beautiful woman. In the dream, Lu experiences 50 years of highs and lows of fame as a high-ranking official, only to wake up to the stark reality that the yellow millet porridge that had been simmering away in a nearby shop before he fell asleep was still not cooked. He had crested heights of achievement and fallen from grace only in his dreams. Enlightened, Lu decides to follow the immortal Lu Dongbin and no longer covets worldly desires.
Capturing the seamy side of officialdom in a feudal society, Tang Xianzu wrote the play a year after he retired as an official and returned to his hometown. The Tale of Handan is often regarded as the most remarkable literary masterpieces amongst the Four Dreams.
Cast: Zhang Wei Wei, Chen Li
About Four Dreams in the Camillia 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.

为点化不得志的卢生,神仙吕洞宾赠他磁枕入梦。梦里他娶娇妻中状元,功成名就路上却得罪权臣被贬,冤情得白后重获官职,五十余年宦海浮沉;一梦醒来,发现店家煮的黄粱饭还没熟,顿时彻悟方才一切竟是黄粱一梦,是以抛却红尘,随仙而去。写《邯郸记》正是汤显祖弃官返乡后隔年,他并没有因此颓丧,反而创作出警世佳作,有学者认为就深刻性而言,此梦在四梦中排首位。
主演:张伟伟、陈莉
《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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