Singapore International Festival of Arts

Modern take on Kun opera without singing

The cast of A Dream Under The Southern Bough - The Beginning includes (from far left) Kong Xiang Chi, Gavin Xie Yixuan, Audrey Luo, Tang Shao Wei, Ellison Yuyang Tan and Lei Jian.
The cast of A Dream Under The Southern Bough - The Beginning includes (from far left) Kong Xiang Chi, Gavin Xie Yixuan, Audrey Luo, Tang Shao Wei, Ellison Yuyang Tan and Lei Jian. PHOTO: TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS
SA, comprising Natalie Alexandra Tse (left), Cheryl Ong (middle) and Andy Chia (right) , tie up with Nada's Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari for Anticipation Of One.
SA, comprising Natalie Alexandra Tse (left), Cheryl Ong (middle) and Andy Chia (right) , tie up with Nada's Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari for Anticipation Of One. PHOTO: SA THE COLLECTIVE, THROBBING PIXELS
SA, comprising Natalie Alexandra Tse, Cheryl Ong and Andy Chia, tie up with Nada's Rizman Putra (left) and Safuan Johari (right) for Anticipation Of One.
SA, comprising Natalie Alexandra Tse, Cheryl Ong and Andy Chia, tie up with Nada's Rizman Putra (left) and Safuan Johari (right) for Anticipation Of One. PHOTO: SA THE COLLECTIVE, THROBBING PIXELS
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Electronic effects and traditional Chinese instruments jam together in Anticipation Of One.

Meanwhile, dialogue shoulders the traditional weight of music in Toy Factory Productions' adaptation of Kun opera A Dream Under The Southern Bough - The Beginning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline Modern take on Kun opera without singing. Subscribe