Hokkien opera kicks off, dazzles audiences

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Musicians, dancers and operatic performers from Xiamen City brought to life the “Hokkien Opera (陳三五娘)” with a lively performance at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei City, yesterday. The Taiwan Culture Art Development Association invited over 120 performers from the Xiamen Jinliansheng Gaojia Opera troupe, Xiamen Nanying Group and the Xiamen Song & Dance Theater to grace the stage. This is the largest number of artists ever recorded to be traveling from Xiamen City to Taiwan. In an effort to boost the cultural exchange between Taiwan and Xiamen and promote the development and lasting traditions of Hokkien customs and art, three performances by the “Hokkien Opera (陳三五娘)” will be held from yesterday until March 16 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

On the night of March 18 the troupe will head south to perform at Taichung City’s Chung-Hsin Concert Hall. Each show runs 90 minutes long, with the first act showcasing an orchestral production of the Chinese folklore story “The Butterfly Lovers.” The “Hokkien Opera (陳三五娘)” will begin their performance in the second act.

Sponsors for the multi-faceted performances include Fubon Insurance Co., Sanyang Industrial, and TLG Insurance Co.