Hakka opera ‘Sakurako’s Choice’ to tour Taiwan

Sponsored by the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC), Hakka opera “Sakurako’s Choice (一夜新娘一世妻)” will be performed across Taiwan. Its premiere will take place at Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center (TTTC) in Taipei on June 28, which will be the first cultural event at TTTC after the government announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

HAC Minister Yiong Con-ziin attended a press conference announcing the opera tour on June 23. He noted that, over the past 15 years, HAC has helped the Hakka art circle to cultivate more than 200 actors and create 15 theatrical productions, making a great contribution to Hakka culture in Taiwan.

Yiong said that, different from old-school
stories about the human virtues of loyalty, devotion, filial piety, integrity, and moral courage, contemporary Hakka theatrical works integrate traditional elements with innovation from the modern Hakka’s perspective. The minister expected that Hakka art will steadily grow and flourish, and he promised that Hakka artists will always have HAC’s strong backing.

Adapted from Professor Wang Chiung-ling (王瓊玲)’s novel of the same name, the opera tells the story of Sakurako who lives her life under different political regimes in Taiwan, portraying the essence of humanity and fortitude of the people on the island during difficult times.

This stage show will be performed by Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe (榮興客家採茶劇團), an iconic performing group that has won the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music for six consecutive years.

The troupe not only preserves exquisite features of the Hakka opera, including the beautiful music, singing, and acting, but also seeks breakthroughs in this unique performing art. The stage and costumes were aesthetically designed for the setting of the play. Incorporating concepts of films and musicals, the opera will diversify the cultural landscape of Hakka traditional theaters.

The opera tour will take place in Taipei, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Hualien County, Pingtung County, Taoyuan City, and Chiayi County from June 28 through Oct. 4.

More information can be found at http://hakkaevent.com