Chinese Opera in the Park

The Peony Pavilion

Date: Thursday, 8 February, 2018

Time: 7-8pm

Venue: The Dell, Wellington Botanical Gardens (map)
(Adam Concert Hall, New Zealand School of Music is the rain day alternative. Check this website on the day)

Free entry.
Outdoor seating for 60-80

The Peony Pavilion

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 Confucius Institute at the Victoria University of Wellington and China Cultural Centre in New Zealand are delighted to present an outdoor performance at Wellington’s Botanical Gardens of The Peony Pavilion, a masterpiece by Tang Xianzu, the greatest sixteenth-century Chinese playwright.  In an utterly refined and languidly poetic style, Chinese opera star Dong Fei will perform 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.