A Broadway style Taiwanese Opera, When The World Met Taiwan “遇見台灣” 歌仔戲郭懷一北美巡演 ◎鄭良光 (Simon Cheng) 2017-07-06

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Dear friends,

(Can you forward this email to your children and grandchildren? If you are a second generation TA, can you take you parents to enjoy this show? Thank you.)

I would like to share a rare opportunity to enjoy a Broadway style Taiwanese opera When the World Met Taiwan “Koeh Hoâi-it”  which will debut on 9/9/2017 at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Traditionally the Taiwanese opera stories tend to be Chinese centric with Confucius value. During the past two decades, a new genre of Taiwanese story opera with focus on love, peace and forgiveness has emerged, through the efforts of Christian thought minded playwright writer, Dr. Liu Nanfan and her Taiwanese Opera Troupe.  Dr. Liu teaches Taiwanese playwriting at the Taiwanese Literature department, National Chengkong University.

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Having performed more than 100 shows in the churches, Performing Art Center across many towns and cities in Taiwan, Taiwanese Opera Troupe will be touring North America this Fall, under the Taiwan Ministry of Culture’s sponsorship program.

Aiming to reach out for a wider audience and let the World Met Taiwan through performing arts, they are preparing the English and Mandarin subtitles for the show.

Los Angels debut will be presented by Taiwanese United Fund www.tufusa.org at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on Sept 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

 

Please enjoy this 7 minuets cut of the 2014 performance at Tainan Culture Center.

Comments and Pastors and music educator from Tainan Seminary.

Brief description When The World Met Taiwan – a Taiwanese Opera.

“In the 17th century, the Dutch East & West India Companies launched their simultaneous exploration of the Americas and Asia. While the Dutch West India Company built “New Amsterdam” on Manhattan Island, New York, “Fort Zeelandia” was established in today’s Tâilâm (Tainan in Mandarin) , Taiwan under the rule of the Dutch East India Company.

When The World Met Taiwan “Koeh Hoâi-it” is a Broadway-style Taiwanese Opera that tells the story of a historical turning point of different ethnic groups in Taiwan and their interlinked struggle for the recognition of the land and the hope of survival. Come and see a group of young dramatists from Taiwan interpret the outbreak of the “Koeh Hoâi-It Incident” – when sickle and hoes shook up the foundation of the Dutch dominance – by combining traditional and modern performance art forms. The opera is performed in Taiwanese, with English and Mandarin subtitles.

The originating play, written by Dr. Nanfang Liu, won many Taiwanese playwright awards, premiered in Taipei’s Tōa-tiū-tiâⁿ Theater (大稻埕戲苑), followed by performances in cities such as Chionghòa (Changhua), Hûnlîm (Yunlin), Kohiông (Kaohsiung), Tâilâm and others.

Drama is without borders, performing arts are how people of different cultural backgrounds get to know and accept one another. Through Taiwan opera’s interpretation of the history, we strive to bring Taiwan to the world stage out of the memory of her colonial past and long for a harmonious future among all cultures.

Poster of this opera is attached, feel free to forward to your friends.

Ticket prices are $100 and $50. Can you purchase two tickets and recommend friends to watch this show on 9/9/2017?

For tickets please visit www.tufusa.org

Feel free to contact me if you have further question.

Best,

鄭良光 aka Simon Cheng

演藝系列  9/9/2017 2:30pm「台灣歌仔戲郭懷一」San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

台灣歌仔戲最近有真大的進步, 有些經費充足的劇團開始試用交饗樂團伴奏, 美聲唱法, 現代舞表現表現內心戲等, 將現代的表演藝術及傳統戲結合, 慢慢發展出有台灣特色的歌劇型式. 可惜劇情內容大部分猶停留在中國傳統的封建價值.

成功大學藝術中心主任台文系教授劉南芳博士所帶領的「台灣歌仔戲班劇團」是少數的例外. 劇情內容根據台灣歷史抑是近代社會故事, 以及有基督精神的福音故事:

臺灣故事劇場

臺灣歌仔戲⼀一直隨著台灣社會的變遷不斷發展,臺灣故事劇場呈現臺灣的多元⽂文化,也隨時展現著符合⽣生活氣息的現代題材。︒

2012《郭懷一》(1952 年荷據時期郭懷一事件改編)

2012《運河奇案》(1930 年代台南社會事件改編)

2013《外木山的草鞋》(基隆民間傳說改編)

2015《青春悲喜曲》(1950 年代台語流行歌改編)

2016《西螺廖五房》(清光緒年間詔安客家人三姓械鬥事件改編)

2017《馬鞍藤的春天》(1960 年代白色恐怖受難者回憶錄改編)

福音歌仔戲

透過傳統⽂文化和戲曲的表演形式來傳達上帝的愛、和平與饒恕。︒

2004《路得記》

2011《約瑟的新衫》

2013《拿伯的葡萄園》

2014《以斯帖記》

2015《浪子回頭》

票價分贊助票$100. 普通票$50.00 (普通票一次買10張以上打8 折, 贊助票不打折, 位子在前面比較好的410位子, 劇場共有1380座位, 提前買可拿到較好的位子. 向Ticket Master 或戲院買不打節.另加劇院佣金 )

遇見台灣—原創歌仔戲《郭懷一》歷史意義

17 世紀大航海時付,荷蘭東印度公司展開其對於美洲及亞洲的探索。

1624 年荷蘭人在亞洲佔據了福爾摩沙島大員(今台南市安平區)建立「熱蘭遮城」,用以作為對中國、日本等商業據點的樞紐;1626 年荷蘭的西印度公司從北美洲當地人手中買下了曼哈頓島並在其上建立「新阿姆斯特丹」(今紐約),今日的華爾街(Wall Street)正是當時北城牆所在地。

17 世紀的台灣已經是國際社會中的一份子,「熱蘭遮城」成為台灣和世界歷史交會的一個重要印記。當荷蘭人在北美洲建設「新阿姆斯特丹」的時候,西方的文明和侵略同時登上了福爾摩沙:基督教經由荷蘭牧師傳入了台灣,西拉雅族的語言因為有羅馬字的紀錄而被保存;另一方面東印度公司則以「殖民者」的身分對台灣展開經濟的掠奪和生產力的剝削,同時挑撥族群的衝突以鞏固其利益。1652 年爆發「郭懷一事件」,台灣的平民第一次以「被殖民者」的身分對抗強權;2012 年台灣一群年輕的戲劇創作者將這段歷史重新詮釋並改編為歌仔戲演出,希望台灣人記得「熱蘭遮城」!台灣歷史上包容了不同的族群,大家可以因為對土地的認同而彼此連結、為生存而共同奮鬥。

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高俊明牧師等觀後感

多謝幫忙推薦這齣戲給同鄉, 希望台灣歌仔戲會得著同鄉的支持, 有現代音樂訓練的人參與, 繼續進步, 發展出有美國百老匯歌劇的世界水準的台灣歌劇.

台灣人聯合基金會 www.tufusa.org

鄭良光 敬上

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