The festival gala evenings consist of three performances, includins scenes from the most successful works of Wusheng Company, and a solo act by one of the most well-respected Beijing opera actors of China. The performances are accompanied by musicians from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.
Length: ca. 2 hours with intermission.
Language: Finnish, with the exception of Lü Suosen’s solo (Chinese).
THE LAST WARRIOR
Acrobatic fight scenes, highly stylised acting, stunning face painting and dramatic costumes – all the quintessential features of genuine Beijing Opera are there. A 45 minute excerpt from the play The Last Warrior, premiered at Helsinki Festival in 2015, is performed.
Original director: Lű Suosen
Exerciser: Antti Silvennoinen
Finnish Translation: Antti Silvennoinen and Veli Rosenberg
Orchestra: National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijin
Gao Chong: Antti Silvennoinen
Yue Fei: Tero Saarinen
Jin Wuzhu: Elias Edström
Hei Fengli: Ville Seivo
Soldiers: Jaakko Hutchings, Visa Niemelä, Jilka Repo, Valter Sui, Sara Sellberg, Saku Mäkelä, Jesse Liskola and Hannu Pham
MUSASHI – THE WAY OF THE SWORD
Samurai aesthetics, Beijing opera and heavy metal music meet in an intensively beautiful play about the determined acceptance of death. Performed for full houses in 2016 at Theatre WHS Union, a short excerpt of Musashi – The Way of the Sword is seen at the gala.
Director and choreographer: Antti Silvennoinen
Music: Markus Rantanen
On stage: Valter Sui, Jakob Johansson and Ville Seivo
Musicians: Markus Rantanen, Juha Pöysä and Pekka Saarikorpi
An impressive solo act by Lű Suosen, one of the most well-respected Beijing opera actors in China.
Director: Lű Suosen
On stage: Lű Suosen and Steina Öhman
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