THE PEONY PAVILION
A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE IN A CHINESE GARDEN FROM CLASSIC KUNQU OPERA
Watching the splendour of spring at its peak and overcome with emotion, a young woman falls into a drowsy trance in the garden. She dreams of having a secret rendezvous with a handsome scholar by the peony pavilion. Awaking, and her dream interrupted, she is haunted by memories of her dream lover. Longing and desire deepen as the boundary between reality and dream begins to blur. The Peony Pavilion is a masterpiece by Tang Xianzu, the greatest sixteenth-century Chinese playwright.
In an utterly refined and languidly poetic style, Chinese opera star Dong Fei performs his signature role as the female lead in this classic Kunqu opera. Kunqu opera dominated Chinese theatre from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and is known as ‘the mother of a hundred operas’ in China.