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Embroidered robe helps bridge traditions

National Guoguang Opera Company and the Yokohama Noh Theatre were unable to completely fuse their very different theatrical forms, but three years of collaboration has resulted in a production that fully highlights the skills of the performers

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Wen said said the biggest challenge came when he went to Yokahama in August last year to learn Noh dance techniques, including how to hold a fan, and then he had to try to figure out how to incorporate those with Kun traditions.

Creating new movements and making adjustments when shows are performed on different stages is just part of his job; it’s the nature of the art, he said.

Everything still revolves around the requirements of his character, and he was not going to stray too far from that, Wen said.

Given all the time he has devoted to learning the art of Kun, its traditions had to be maintained in this collaboration, he added.

The show is certainly a test of Wen’s skills and talent, as his character changes in age from 20 to 60 in the third section.

The audiences in Yokohama liked the coproduction, Wang Chia-ming and Wen said, adding that they are looking forward to seeing how local audiences react.

The shows in Taichung and Taipei will be performed in Mandarin and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles.

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