※175 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.
※Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
※Suggested for ages 12+
The play Sunlight after Snowfall begins with WANG Xi-zhi’s 24-word calligraphic letter to ZHANG Rung, a priceless item housed in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. However brief, it’s a timeless prelude to life decisions on survival during wartime and diaspora.
Comprising three plot lines set in different historical backgrounds, from WANG’s time in the 4th century to the post-war period in Taiwan, the play centers around family separation and settling down. The classic returns in 2019 with double casting the lead roles, starring the original cast members WEI Hai-min and TANG Wen-hwua, the veteran actors form GuoGuang Opera Company and the talented new cast members SHENG Chien and HUANG Yu-lin, and accompanied by Evergreen Symphony Orchestra with CHIEN Wen-Pin as Conductor.
GuoGuang Opera Company
Founded in 1995, GuoGuang Opera Commpany has committed to instilling a modern sensibility to the traditional style of Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera. With its philosophy of “modernization” and “literalization,” the Company has produced new operas featuring diverse themes: a novel of Eileen Chang and a calligraphic masterpiece of WANG Xi-chietc. In recent years, the Company has devoted itself to cultivating young talent, seeking innovative crossover opportunities globally, and expanding the platform of arts and business to re-brand traditional theatre with a new aesthetic approach. The Company has been invited to perform in Europe, Asia, and America.
Evergreen Symphony Orchestra
Established in 2001, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to offer the public superior performances of classical music by training and employing local talent. Since 2007, Gernot Schmalfuss has been the music director and chief conductor. Following the footsteps of the Evergreen Group, under which EVA Air and Evergreen Lines have blazed many trails for linking up our island of Taiwan with the rest of the world, the Orchestra expects to export Taiwan’s exquisite music and culture to every corner of the global village.
Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir was founded in 1993 as the first choir in Taiwan singing exclusively acapella music. The Choir’s footsteps have covered more than 30 countries in the world since its overseas debut 26 years ago. The Choir has been invited to participate in various international choral festivals on an annual basis, including Next Wave Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Producer / CHANG Yu-hua
Artistic Director / WANG An-chih
Playwright / SHIN Ju-fang
Songwriter and Music Direction / Lee Chao
Composer / CHUNG Yiu-kwong
Conductor / CHIEN Wen-pin
Original Director / LEE Hsiao-ping
Revival Director / TAI Chun-fang,WANG Kuan-chiang
Performers / TANG Wen-hwua, WEI Hai-min, SHENG Chien, HUANG Yu-lin, WU Bai-yu-his, CHIANG Chi-chen
WEI Hai-min is an internationally renowned qingyi (young female actress) from the Mei (Lan Fang) School of Peking Opera. Exceling in both traditional and newly created operas, Wei broke the mold and presented as an empowered woman in many of her roles. She starred in numerous GuoGuang productions including The Golden Cangue, Dowager Xiao-zhuang and Dorgon, The Painting of 18 Lohans, and in Orlando, a work of visual theatre directed by Robert Wilson. She’s the winner of the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Award, the Most Outstanding Asian Artist Award, and the Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.
SHENG Chien specializes in the laosheng role and graduated from the Department of Theatre, National Taiwan University. He starred in GuoGuang’s Fox Tales, One Hundred Years on Stage, Mr. Goodman Dumps His Wife, and appeared in Contemporary Legend Theatre’s The Kingdom of Desire, Waiting for Godot, and Edward Lam Dance Theatre’s What is MAN. SHENG Chien also played TAN Luzi in the film, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, and was nominated Best New Performer in the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards.
HUANG Yu-lin specializes in the qingyi role and graduated from the Department of Chinese Drama, Chinese Culture University. She is the winner of the 51st Chinese Literary Award and the first winner of Best Rising Talent of the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music in Taiwan. Her performances can be seen in television, film, modern theatre, kun opera, and Taiwanese opera in recent years. She was nominated Best New Performer of the Golden Bell Awards for La Grande Chaumiere Violette in 2016.