I, Wu Song: A One Man, Wordless Opera
Why We Recommend it
The Cantonese classic is revived as a 90 minute, one man show that relies on music and movement to tell the story of fearless warrior Wu Song.
Despite Cantonese Opera being designated as intangible heritage in 2009 by United Nations, interest in the art form has dwindled. But a recent push is trying to rekindle Hong Kong’s love affair for the opera style that had its heyday in the 50s and 60s.
This opera tells the story of Wu Song from one of China’s four classic novels, Water Margin. Wu Song is a flawed but tenacious moral defender and fighter who has been portrayed in Chinese operas for centuries. Aiming to make the story more accessible by shortening a piece that would normally last hours to ninety minutes, and simplifying it by bringing down the cast to one, the performance provides a different way to experience a very old art form.