Self-guided for watching Paichang (formulaic staging) "Execution of the Duke’s Second Brother"
Part 1 – Sworn Brothers
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Produced by: Kim Lun Cantonese Opera Troupe
Synopsis: Execution of the Duke’s Second Brother is a classic from the eighteen “Grand Sequences” (paichang) of Cantonese Opera. The play consists characters from all classes and a dramatic storyline, with exciting scenes of classic sequences like “chair stand”, “stance on high platform” and many others. Due to the vocals being sung in the antiquated Zhongzhou dialect, it might be difficult for audiences to comprehend. To help audience understand the sequences, this presentation will condense the original plays into three scenes, namely “Sworn Brothers”, “Execution of the Duke” and “Lamenting of the Besieged”. The stage is configured in the traditional one table two chairs setting, to reduce any distraction of the audience attention from the action.
Series: Self-guided for watching Paichang (formulaic staging) "Execution of the Duke’s Second Brother"
Scheme/ Festival: Arts Go Digital Platform Scheme
Art Form: Xiqu