Banging a drum for the power of feminism
The Ju Percussion Group from Taiwan will stage a play “MuLan,” combining Western style percussion with Peking Opera from April 19 to 20.
The show received widespread acclaim from both audience and critics when it was premiered in Taiwan and went on to an arts festival in Russia.
All performers have received a year’s strict training in Peking Opera martial arts and distinctive postures.
The storyline is loosely based on the ancient Chinese legend of a female warrior MuLan who disguised herself as a man and took her father’s place in the war, fighting for 12 years and contributing to numerous victories.
After the war ended, the emperor bestowed honors on her and wished to make her a high-ranking official, but she declined, preferring to return home to care for her aging parents.
According to director Lee Hsiao-pin, the heroine’s dramatic emotional changes in face of the cruel war can be graphically depicted by the art of percussion.
“A blend of tradition and modernity, the play is also our effort to pay tribute to the classic theater form of Peking Opera and promote the unique charm of percussion,” said Ju Tzong-ching, founder of Ju Percussion Group.
Over the past years, the Ju Percussion Group has hosted regular performances and classes for young people at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Date: April 19-20, 7:15pm
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd
Tickets: 80-800 yuan