NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Public Arts Programme
Programme ID: PAP054602
Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall - The Tale of Handan
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The down-and-out scholar Lu Sheng dreams of a life of fortune, power and women. He encounters the immortal Lu Dongbin who gifts him a porcelain pillow. That night, as Lu laid his head on the pillow, he dreams of becoming a top scholar and was married to a beautiful woman. In the dream, Lu experiences 50 years of highs and lows of fame as a high-ranking official, only to wake up to the stark reality that the yellow millet porridge that had been simmering away in a nearby shop before he fell asleep was still not cooked. He had crested heights of achievement and fallen from grace only in his dreams. Enlightened, Lu decides to follow the immortal Lu Dongbin and no longer covets worldly desires.
Capturing the seamy side of officialdom in a feudal society, Tang Xianzu wrote the play a year after he retired as an official and returned to his hometown. The Tale of Handan is often regarded as the most remarkable literary masterpieces amongst the Four Dreams.
About Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall -
Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall is a collection of four outstanding classic operas regarded for its artistic value and philosophical thoughts. An elegant expression of Kunqu that is both precise and nuanced — a worthy homage to one of the oldest opera genres in the world.
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Mandarin , kunqu
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