Paradise Interrupted－An Installation Opera in One Act
A co-production of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts, the one-act “installation opera” Paradise Interrupted is adapted from a section of the Kunqu classic The Peony Pavilion and has gathered some of the most prominent Asian and Asian American artists working nowadays. The Emmy-awarding winner Jennifer Wen Ma’s stage design incorporates paper cutouts, Chinese watercolor, light and shadow, and multimedia installations. The result is dark, mysterious garden that leads the depth of the human heart. Huang Ruo’s composition reflects both his deep roots in Chinese traditional music and his training in Western classical music. The production is headlined by Kunqu opera diva Qian Yi, whose performance here often departs from the rigid Kunqu conventions. Joining the production are the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan under the direction of conductor and Weiwuying artistic director Chien Wen-pin.