Beijing Fayuan Temple Created a Sensation in Taipei
Beijing Fayuan Temple, the opening show when Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center opened, staged three performances in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, from November 8 to November 9, which was widely praised by all walks of life in Taiwan.
The drama Beijing Fayuan Temple is co-produced by Beijing Tianqiao Shengshi Investment Group and the National Theatre of China. It’s adapted from the novel of the same name by famous Taiwan writer Li Ao, and directed by Tian Qinxin, who is a well-known director of the National Theatre of China. The work represents the common efforts of artists and cultural workers on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, which is listed as a key project of cultural exchange with Taiwan by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council PRC.
Beijing Fayuan Temple combines the stage design of traditional Chinese opera with modern lighting technology, showing simple but striking effect. This 170-minute no-intermission drama attracted the audience so much, thanks to the outstanding performance of a group of skilled performers. Famous actress Xi Meijuan plays Empress Dowager Cixi, outstanding young actor of the National Theatre of China Zhou Jie, best known for his acting in the TV series My Fair Princess as Fu Erkang, plays Guangxu Emperor, and actor of the National Theatre of China Jia Yiping plays Tan Sitong. Moreover, famous visual artist Xiao Lihe works as the stage lighting designer. The drama was widely praised by Taiwan audiences. They said that they enjoyed traditional Beijing culture in such a fantastic drama, so that the psychological distance between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait became close.
The performance of Beijing Fayuan Temple in Taiwan played an important and positive role in implementing the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, showing Beijing’s profound cultural heritage, and strengthening Taiwan people’s sense of cultural identity and national identity.