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Taiwan Bangzi Company & Voices of Spring Symphony Orchestra adapt Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
春之聲管弦樂團伴奏 豫劇團唱莎翁戲

Bangzi opera diva Wang Hai-ling, right, and Chu Hai-shan pose for a photograph in Chiayi County on Nov. 28 last year.
朱海珊(左)與王海玲(右),去年十一月二十八日在嘉義縣合照。

Photo: Ting Wei-chieh, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者丁偉杰

Is it possible that a traditional art form will converge with the works of Shakespeare? Taiwan Bangzi Company is now promoting its biggest performance of the year, which is the second of its two adaptations of Shakespeare’s works. Measure for Measure follows their previous performance of Yue / Shu, which was an adaptation of the Merchant of Venice. This time they are once again fusing the work of Shakespeare with traditional Chinese drama. Placing the utmost importance on Shakespeare’s language, they are combining it with the elegant singing style of bangzi opera, which is also called Henan or Yu opera because it originated in China’s Henan Province. Interestingly, this performance will be the first time Taiwan Bangzi Company collaborates with the Voices of Spring Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Chen Yung-ching says it will be an intriguing challenge using a classical music accompaniment.

Shakespeare completed the play Measure for Measure in 1604. The play is full of accidents and mishaps, as well as a happy ending for all concerned. Although historically classified as a comedy, the plot deals with the complex issues of ethics, justice, and desire. The play does not lend itself to classification and is very profound. Bangzi opera diva Wang Hai-ling will play the King of Nanping, while Hsiao Yang-ling will play the beautiful and clever Mu Jung-Ching and Liu Chien-hua the mercurial An Chi-le, a man in a state of psychological flux. The piece will be performed at the National Theater on June 8.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

傳統藝術與莎翁作品有交會的機會嗎?台灣豫劇團將推出年度大戲豫莎劇二部曲《量‧度》,這是繼《約/束》之後再度與莎士比亞作品融合,注重莎翁語言,也將豫劇優美唱腔融合其中。有趣的是,該演出將首度與春之聲管弦樂團合作,以古典音樂伴奏,指揮陳永清表示,這會是一項有趣的挑戰。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. plot n.

情節 (qing2 jie2)

例: The plot was really hard to follow, so I had to watch the movie twice.

(這部電影的情節很難理解,所以我看了兩遍。)

2. ethics n.

倫理 (lun2 li3)

例: An ethics committee has been formed to investigate the matter.

(為了調查這件事,成立了一個倫理委員會。)

3. desire n.

欲望 (yu4 wang4)

例: Desire is not always logical.

(欲望有時不合理。)


莎士比亞在一六0四年完成劇作《Measure for Measure》,這齣戲有陰錯陽差的巧合,也有皆大歡喜的結局,歷來總被歸類為喜劇但是劇中有關倫理、法律、欲望的情節錯綜複雜,已經超過表面嬉笑怒罵的向度,深度頗高。該劇將由豫劇皇后王海玲飾演南平王,蕭揚玲飾演美貌機智的慕容青、劉建華將挑戰詮釋劇中心理轉折多變的安其樂。該劇將於六月八日起在台北國家劇院演出。

(自由時報記者趙靜瑜)

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