This interdisciplinary collaboration that crosses time and space sees Singapore’s theatre doyen Ong Keng Sen artistically uniting some of the most exciting names in the early and contemporary music worlds. Reappraising the Bard and Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xian Zu of Peony Pavilion fame, this lyrical and dramatic concert celebrates the meaning of love – the physical, the spiritual and the transcendental.
Based on a concept originated by Maestro Tsung Yeh, and drawing from the refined kunqu opera music of the Peony Pavilion and Elizabethan music from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello, the work is enveloped and enjoined by the new music of one of China’s most accomplished composers Qu Xiao Song. Qu’s compositions have been widely performed in major cities, festivals and opera houses around the world.
Renowned for his innovative performance language, Ong creates a cosmos of love – an evocative magnum opus exploring the differing yet connected philosophies on love, death, and the afterlife as represented by the works of two masterful playwrights who lived in two different cultures at the same time, who died in the same year (1616), but who were unaware of each other’s existence.