Kurama Tengu a New Hybrid of Taiwanese Opera

Kumara Tengu, ChiChiao Musical Theatre’s original opera commissioned by 2016 Weiwuying Arts Festival. The story is adapted from Japanese writer Jirō Osaragi’s historical novel of the same title. The 1930’s bestseller depicts a group of revolutionaries, bolstered by the help from the half-god, half-monster Tengu – the heavenly dog – and their attempts to overthrow the military regime.

ChiChiao Musical Theatre, founded by sisters Chien-Hua Liu and Chien-Kuo Liu, who are the daughters of famed Yu Theatre virtuoso Hai-Lin Wang. Over the past decade, the company has developed unique aesthetics, keeping the spirit of traditional Taiwanese opera while also incorporating elements from contemporary theatre and pop culture.

“O-pei-la”, a term derived from “opera”, was originally a subversive measure to evade the Japanese colonialists’ Japanization policies between 1895 and 1945. While O-pei-la – a hybrid of Japanese and Taiwanese aesthetics and musical traditions – was the grassroots artists’ response to a repressive regime, it has become a popular form of entertainment.

On the 18th and 19th of November, Kumara Tengu will bridge the stage at Dadong Arts Center with Taiwanese and Japanese, traditional and contemporary with the rhythm of original music, and a live sense of kungfu.

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Kumara Tengu
Dates | November 18 (Fri)- 19 (Sat)
Tickets| 300, 600, 900, 1200, 1600