Famous Dragons, Hidden Schedule

Jheng Ming Long

A rare North American tour by the Zheng Ming Long (Famous Dragon) Taiwanese Opera Troupe (正明龍歌劇團) of Chiayi, Taiwan has just begun!

I only have a little bit of information on the tour at the moment, but here are the dates and cities. Tour stops include Farmington Hills (MI), Indianapolis, Aurora (IL), Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Marietta (GA), Cary (NC), Centereach (NY), New York (NY), Albany (NY), and Markham (Ontario, Canada).

I am under the impression that most of the performances will be free, particularly the ones being held outdoors, but I really can’t say for sure. Anybody who is planning on coming to a specific performance can get in touch with me, and I will try to verify the information with the tour and their local sponsors.


5/9 1:30 Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills, Michigan
5/11 2:00-3:00, 3:00-4:00 . IU/ Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis Campus Theater, 420 University Blvd. Indianapolis, Indiana
5/12 11:55~13:30 Metea Valley High School, 1801 North Eola Road Aurora, Illinois
5/ 13 11:45~13:30 James R. Thompson Center:100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois
5/15 time not listed (maybe 7:00?), Coffman Memorial Union Theater, University of Minnesota 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455
5/17-5/18 9:00 a.m. Two days. Washington D.C., in a public park near the capitol, but the location is still unclear.
5/20 19:30 Atlanta Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, Georgia
5/23 19:30 Panther Creek High School, 6770 McCrimmon Pkwy, Cary, North Carolina 27519
5/24 18:00 Vajiradhammapadip Buddhist Temple and Thai Cultural Center, 110 Rustic Road, Centereach, New York 11720
5/25 13:00 Union Square, 14th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003
5/26 15:30~18:30 (open rehearsal) 19:30~21:30(performance) The Egg, State St, Albany, NY 12203
5/31 13:00~16:00 Metro Square, 3636 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON





L’Isle Joyeuse

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Hello folks!  After a summer hiatus, Nine Dragon Spot is back on the air with some exciting news: in September and October this blog will be broadcasting from Taipei, Taiwan.

A friend in Taichung asked me: “Is there really that much Chinese opera going on in Taiwan this fall?”  The answer is: “Yes!”.   Direct from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Province Beijing Opera Theater will give daily performances, September 10-15 in Taipei’s Zhongshan Hall.  Their program is much too varied and interesting to be summarized here – I’ll devote a separate post to them in the next few days.  The best of Nanjing will return the next month when the great Jiangsu Province Kunqu Theater performs the drama “A Dream in Vain” (Nán Kē Mèng, 南柯梦) over two nights (October 18-19, repeated October 20-21).   Cross-strait collaboration is the name of the game on the weekend of September 22-23, as Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese performers of Henan (Clapper) Opera (Yùjù, 豫剧)  team up for performances of the newly-edited historical opera “Granny Liu” (Liú Lǎolao, 刘姥姥) and the modern opera “Fragrant Spirit” (Xiānghún Nǚ, 香魂女) .  These shows will also performed earlier in the week in nearby Zhunan (竹南).

Taiwan, of course, has no shortage of its own opera troupes.   Taiwanese opera (Gēzǎixì, 歌仔戏) will be represented on the afternoons of September 15 and 16 by the Sun Hope Taiwanese Opera Troupe (“New Ideas for Taiwanese Opera”) in the operas “The Prince of Shooting Star Sea”(流星嗨王子) and “The Butterfly Dream” (装周蝴蝶梦).    The bright-eyed members of the Ming Hwa Yuan Youth Troupe will take the stage three times from September 21-23.   That same weekend, the Chun Mei Taiwanese Opera Troupe will perform “Prince of the Night” (夜王子).    Taiwan’s Clapper Opera Troupe performs “The Maiden Hua Jia Wu” (花嫁巫娘自) on the evening of September 15.  Taiwan’s Kunju Opera Troupe gives afternoon performances the weekend of September 29-30 of “The Butterfly Dream” (蝴蝶梦) and “Mount Lanke”(烂柯山).   And just to round things out,  the GuoGuang Opera Company will stage the Beijing operas “The Unicorn Purse” (锁麟囊) on September 8 and “The Blossom Field Error” (花田错) on September 15.

And this is all just in September!  October will be equally busy.   When I’m not stuffing my face with Din Tai Fung’s soup-dumplings, the country’s traditional kidney-and-testicle stew, or Taipei’s notorious stinky tofu, I’ll be blogging about the city’s vibrant operatic life.