Concept/Artistic Direction/Music/Text: Mark Chan
Music Director: Julian Wong
Choreographer and Dancer: Mui Cheuk-yin
The most evocative operatic tone-poem yet from renowned Singaporean composer Mark Chan
Leading Asian musicians, opera singers and a solo dancer weave together an intriguing contemporary fable
Caught between the material and the spiritual, the ancient Jade Bird faces a dilemma: to depart for transcendental solitude or to remain to fight against brash modernity. Conflicts grow when the reclusive bird becomes friends with a young boy interested to learn about the past…
Best known for his enchanting compositions that create a unique blend of east and west, Singaporean Mark Chan showcases his versatility in this eclectic production inspired by the mythology that envelops ancient pieces of jade in many cultures. Here, Chan taps into jade’s spiritual quality, historical value and its special relationship with the bearer to create an imaginative and endearing tale.
Top artists from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan bring an array of talents to this epic production. Leading opera singers from the region join renowned Hong Kong soloists Wong On-yuen (erhu) and Guo Yazhi (suona), Singaporean cellist Leslie Tan and other singers and musicians in orchestrating a brilliant fusion of diverse sounds. Celebrated Hong Kong dancer-choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin also deftly expresses the Jade Bird’s internal struggles, delivering a soul-searing performance.
Dubbed “Singapore’s music genius”, Mark Chan is a composer, producer, singer, poet and painter. Over the past two decades, he has presented a wide range of works in different parts of the world. Notable stage productions include Email & Eternity, a collaboration undertaken with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2003, and chamber opera Opiume, co-produced by the New Vision Arts Festival and Singapore Arts Festival in 2004. Chan’s score for the 1930s Chinese silent film Little Toys in 2003 has earned widespread critical acclaim in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and Copenhagen.
Some $180 seats may have restricted view
Approx 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission
In English with Chinese and English surtitles
Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 9 November
Please click here for details of talk
Photos: Alex Chan/ Edmund Low
Design: Joyce Ng@Metafusion
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