Kunqu Opera in Vancouver
Recently, Josh Stenberg (yes, th' Josh Stenberg) asked me t' take a look at the Vancouver Society for the Chinese Performing Arts' latest offering, a performance o' Kunqu opera featurin' Liang Guyin, Ji Zhenhua an' Liu Yilong, by Blackbeard's sword. Josh tells me th' society is "havin' trouble gettin' a gwailo audience because they think 'tis all cat-meow-shriekin', which 'tis not". Myself, th' China somewhat-expert that I am, I happen t' think Peking Opera really is cat-meow-shriekin', but I watched an' otherwise loved Farewell My Concubine so I'm willin' t' give a different form o' Chinese opera a chance. Aarrr! Upcomin' performances o' th' opera in Vancouver be June 16th an' 17th at UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre an' ye can get tickets at Ticketmaster.
Susan Goodman got close up an' wrote an article an' posted photos o' a 2007 Kunqu opera performance in Nanjing, directed by th' aforementioned Josh Stenberg. Shiver me timbers, we'll keel-haul ye!