Experimenting with Chinese Opera: Architecture is Art Festival 2017 Stages a Tale of the Forbidden City

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A Tale of the Forbidden City, a popular Kunqu opera adaptation by experimental theatre company Zuni Icosahedron returns to the Hong Kong stage for the 5th time since 2009.


A Tale of the Forbidden City is an original Kunqu performance — one of the oldest existing forms of Chinese opera — commissioned by Zuni Icosahedron in 2009.  The show returns to the stage for the fifth time for the Architecture is Art Festival 2017 and the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

A Tale of the Forbidden City is about the Chongzhen Emperor, the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty. He meets the spirit of Kuai Xiang, the architect who designed the Forbidden City Palace more than 200 years ago.  The story tells the demise of the Ming Dynasty, and examines the architectural significance of the Forbidden City. 


When: 15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017 Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre – 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui – Kowloon