Based on the Book of Songs, or Shi Jing, a script about the beautiful love story of the king and queen of the Shang Dynasty — Wu Ding and Fu Hao — will be performed by the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble at this year’s Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) to commemorate the ensemble’s 30th anniversary as well as to promote the nankuan court music tradition.
The King and Queen of the Shang Dynasty — Wu Ding and Fu Hao depicts the story of Wu Ding, who ruled during the 23rd reign of the Shang Dynasty, and his wife Fu Hao, the first heroine ever recorded in Chinese history, both of whom were extremely talented and wise individuals. When Wu Ding became entangled in an arduous expedition against the Chu Kingdom, Fu Hao neglected her pregnancy in order to lead troops to help her husband in the war effort. Though they were ultimately victorious in battle, she eventually died from illness after having a miscarriage. The sentimental Wu Ding was unwilling to accept that his wife had departed from this mortal world, so instead of following the customary ritual of burying one’s wife in a mausoleum, he buried her at the side of the palace hall, allowing them to be together in life and death. This historical anecdote intrigued the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble’s artistic director Chen Mei-e, who says the story is classic, romantic and beautiful, which made it highly suitable for a nankuan interpretation.
The piece will be performed between March 23 and March 25 at the National Theater.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)
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