The opera “Hero Beauty” will be performed by the renowned Taiwanese opera group Ming Hwa Yuan one night only at Cambridge’s Dunfield Theatre. The performance on Wednesday, October 7 will combine music, theatre, martial arts, dancing and traditional art form showcasing the unique postures and operatic singing of Ge Zai Xi (Taiwanese Opera) performers.
Organized and supported in part by Renison University College, home of the East Asian Studies program at the University of Waterloo, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH).
“With our strong commitment to global engagement through education in languages and cultures, we are pleased to support diversity in our local community through bringing this internationally known operatic group to perform for the local community,” says Wendy Fletcher, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Renison, who was excited for the opportunity to build further connections with the Taiwanese community and help support CMH.
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Ming Hwa Yuan is a family-owned troupe that began performing in 1929. The performance combines both the traditional aspects of Taiwanese opera with the contemporary production of a live stage show that uses lighting and sound effects to help the audience better understand the story.
Public reviews of Ming Hwa Yuan have been favourable, calling it captivating, flamboyant, and contemporary with fresh musical scores, props, and costumes. One reviewer from the Ming Hwa Yuan website says, “The first time I saw Ming Hwa Yuan performance was outside a temple in Tainan, together with thousands of audience. The second time was inside a theatre in Taipei, also to the same euphoric response. I adore Ge Zai Xi because it represents a contemporary art form that is the result of the blending of different cultural backgrounds.”
Tickets are $20 each, with discounts for groups of 10 or more. The performance runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Dunfield Theater, 46 Grand Ave. S., Cambridge. This opera is appropriate for all ages. Further ticket and event details can be found online at bit.ly/taipeiopera