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C. F. Koo Foundation

Announcing Koo Cloud Theater YouTube Channel



First and Only Peking Opera YouTube Channel in Taiwan.

 C.F. Koo Foundation presents our digital archive of Peking Opera (1991 to date)

Please Subcribe to Koo Cloud YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOifs8ykMS77bAGaVNMSypA/

 

Support Koo Cloud Theater

https://donate.koo.org.tw/

 

A Peking Opera performance will premiere on Koo Cloud Youtube Channel 

AT 8:00PM EVERY SUNDAY (TPE TIME)

Some are performed live, and some are from our archive. We will present to you one of our top notch performance every week at least through the end of 2020.

 

Each performance will be available for a week.
All includes English subtitles.

Tune in!  We will stay home with you every Sunday.

 

Available this week...

=== September Program ===

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===Live From Stage===

 

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Escape from the Temple

 Nil by CHUANG, Chiao-Wei

 Void by LIN, Ssu-Ting

 

The Legend of White Snake

XU Xian by LI, Long-Xian

BAI Su-zhen (White Snake) by KUNG, Yueh-Tzu and CHEN, Yu-Xuan

Xiao-Qing (Green Snake) by YU, Chi-Jou and YANG, Shu-Chin

Fa-Hai by LEE, Ching-Fong

Qie-Lan by HSU, Guo-Chih

 

 

===Live From Stage===

July 26th, 2020 8PM

Stabbing Yan Xi-Jiao, Capturing Alive. & Night Scouting at Mount. Fu.

 

=== From Our Archive ===

Aug 2nd, 2020 8PM

Cao Cao and Yang Xiu

 

Aug 9th, 2020 8pm

Cao Cao and Chen Gong

 

Aug 16th, 2020 8pm

Lin Xiang-Ru and Lian Po

 

Aug 23th, 2020 8pm

A Battle of Wits at Fortress Lian-Huan

 

 

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 Cao Cao and Yang Xiu

 

During the period of Three Nations in Chinese history, Tsao-tsao, prime ministers of Han Dynasty, attempting to consolidate his position, seek advice of competent intelligentsia. One mid-August, having lost his favorite aid, Kuo Chia, he visited Kuo’s tomb in the hope of meeting Yang Hsiu, a known learned man who was in search of an appreciative employer. Yang showed up indeed, knowing too that Tsao would appear on that particular date at Kuo’s grave. The two confronted, and mutual appreciation ensued. Yang volunteered to be the military purchaser for Tsao

 

The partnership, however, slowly falls apart as Tsao flew into a fury when he found out Yang had again and again read his mind and acted one step ahead of him. Being a jealous and suspicious person, he decided to forfeit Yang of his position and to sentence him to death. “He has seriously interfered between my troop and me!” 

 

Soldiers informed Tsao that Chuke-liang’s troop was moving toward them and they would soon be surrounded. He wanted to keep Yang alive to fight side by side, but he could not utter the pardon now. He gave the order, and in time Yang was executed. Tsao marched toward his failure, a sad and lonely man. The same moon whose beam had lit up the faces and eyes of Tsao and Yang on the evening they first met still shone brilliantly in the cool sky. Yet what had happened between the two men had become yesterday’s light of moon.

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Cao Cao and Chen Gong

CAO Cao: SHANG, Chang Rong

YANG Xiu: LI, Bao-Chun

LU Bu: JIANG, Qi Hu

LU Bo-She: HUANG, Nai Qiang

Diao Chan: CHANG, Hsueh-Hung

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Lin Xiang-Ru and Lian Po

In Warring States period, Lin Xiang-ru in Zhao was promoted to be the prime minister because of his heroic behavior dealing with Qin. Lin's promotion irritated the renowned general Lian Puo. Lian had rendered outstanding service to his state, but was vain and arrogant. He could not tolerate that Lin hold a higher position than him and had bad-mouthed Lin all over the place. Lin tried to stay out of his way because Lin thought they were both officials of Zhao. If they worked together, enemy would not dare to bully Zhao. If they were at odds, it would be easier for enemy to invade Zhao. These words reached Lian. He was deeply moved and regretted. To express his apology, Lian took off his shirt with a load of prickly branches used for whipping on his bare back and went to see Lin. Lin forgave Lian. They embraced and promised to work side-by-side to build up and defend their state.

 

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A Battle of Wits at Fortress Lian-Huan

Information TBA.

 

 

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 Guan Yu

Guan Yu, having been captured by Cao Cao and treated as a VIP, learned the whereabouts of his comrades Liu Bei and Zhang Fei one day. He found Zhang Fei had took over Gu-cheng, where Zhang and Liu’s army was now stationed. At once Guan Yu returned the gold Cao Cao gave him in a sealed envelope and hanged the stamp that signified power, also given to him by Cao Cao, and left to seek Liu and Zhang at Gu-cheng. Cao Cao, on hearing about Guan’s departure, followed Guan to Ba Bridge and presented good wine and silk robes as token of friendship. Pouring the wine over his weapon and pricking the robes aside, Guan Yu rode away.

Arriving at Gu-cheng, Guan Yu was cross-examined by Zhang Fei who suspected Guan of turning into Cao’s spy. Cao’s army chased Guan to Gu-cheng. Zhang Fei would not open the gate for Guan. Guan had to kill Cao’s general to prove his integrity. Liu, Guan, Zhang, the three brother-like comrades, re-united in Gu-cheng in the long run, but Zhang Fei had to apologize repeatedly before Guan would pardon him.

 

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Wild Boar Woods 

Lin Chong, the handsome and influential coach of the Royal Guards, accompanied by his wife, visited a temple. As he wandered around the temple, he saw a big man in a monk’s robe teaching some local rascals arts of combats. They also demonstrated skills of combat arts which gave them mutual appreciation. Meanwhile in the temple, Lin Chong’s wife was surrounded by a young good-for-nothing and his men. Lin Chong came hurriedly to rescue her. Lin Chong learned this young harasser had been Gao Qiu’s son. Gao Qiu had long wished to get rid of Lin, feeling threatened by Lin’s success among the young peers.


Under Gao and Qian’s scheme, a man was dispatched to sell a rare sword on the street where Lin Chong lived. Lin Chong liked the sword and purchased it. He was asked to bring the sword to the Gao’s for a comparison (Gao was known to have possessed a famous sword). But when Lin was shown into a special room, he found himself was at once captivated by the guards. In Gao’s private parlor, he was accused of trying to assassinate his boss, tortured, and sentenced to be ostracized to Cang Zhou, where he would serve his term as a gate keeper for the Royal Barn.


Upon departing his home, Lin Chong forced his wife to divorce him, but the lady refused. The officers, having taken Gao’s order, tried to kill him in the deserted Wild Boar Woods. Lu Zhi-shen appeared and rescue Lin, and he bid Lin to kill the officers and flee with him, but Lin was determined to serve his terms, for he still hoped to return to his wife and colleagues someday. Gao’s son tried to force marriage upon Lin’s wife. Lady Lin committed suicide.


In a snowy evening in Cang Zhou, Lin Chong, fighting against the severe coldness, went to purchase some liquor. The evil Qian appeared with a group of soldiers and figuring Lin Chong should have been inside the Royal Barn, they set fire to it. Lin Chong returned to find the Barn in flames. As he tried to approach the Barn, it collapsed. He resolved to spend the night in a small shrine nearby. Qian, suffering the severe winds and snow, entered the same shrine for shelter, where he ran into Lin Chong. Combating for his life, Lin killed Qian and the soldiers. Lu Zhi-shen arrived at this moment to inform Lin of his wife’s death. The two men, now alone and homeless, escaped to join the “outlaws” in Liang Shan Bo.

 

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The Golden Bar Hit

 

Emperor Liu Xiu of the Han Dynasty was a man of words, except when he was drunk.

One day, Chief General Yao Qi’s son accidentally killed the father of one of the Emperor’s Royal Concubines. The General took his son to the royal palace to beg for the Emperor’s pardon. The Emperor remembered his words while he and the General were battling together for the country and said,” As long as you do not betray me, I will never kill your family.” The son was then ostracized to a far-off land.


General Yao, fearing the vengeance of the Royal Concubine, asked the Emperor to refrain from drinking for three months. The Emperor swore he would not touch any liquor.

The Royal Concubine, having her mind set to get even with the Yao’s, asked the Emperor to have a drink with her. “O…I have promised General Yao to quit drinking for three months.” “Then we will have just a small sip tonight, and you will start quitting drinking from tomorrow.” “That…Oh, well, a sip tonight wouldn’t hurt.” So he was made drunk soon afterwards. The Royal Concubine took the chance to sentence General Yao to death.


The officials of higher ranks who knew the Emperor well, were surprised to hear about the sentence. They begged to speak to the Emperor, but the Royal Concubine sentenced them to death one after another. The last official to try to speak to the Emperor was Ma Wu, who once rescued the Emperor in a war and had been granted pardon for all crimes he could ever commit. He entered the Royal Place to argue with the Emperor and was finally to wake the latter up to give pardon to all those sent to death by his concubine. Unfortunately, the pardon came too late: all the officers were dead by the time Ma Wu arrived at the market place. Ma Wu went back to report to the Emperor who shut his door against the former. Ma Wu, disappointed at the weakness of the Emperor, took a golden brick from a pillar outside the palace and hit himself with all his might. He died.


The Emperor, discovering what he had done to his officers, was seized by fear and guilt. He went to the Royal Temple to ask for the forgiveness of his ancestors and all who died as a result of his drunkenness. But destroyed by visions and wild thoughts, he soon lost his mind and subsequently ended his tragic life.

The Golden Bar Hit was a classic piece re-created by Li, Baochun’s father, the renowned Li, Shao-chun. Li Baochun has added to the original performance a long aria by his father’s master Yu Shu-yan and some super difficult acrobatic techniques created by himself.


Cast:
Li, Baochun as Emperor Liu Xiu.
Yang, Yan-yi as General Yao Qi.
Liu, Kui-kui as Ma Wu.

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At Wharf Xiao Yao-- a challenging and authentic singing piece for male characters.

 

The last emperor of the Han Dynasty, Emperor Xian, made his final effort to regain his sovereignty. Insulted and threatened by the powerful Prime Minister Cao Cao, Emperor Xian took Queen Fu’s advice and wrote a letter seeking help from distant relatives and allies. Mu Shun, the messenger, hid the letter in his hat but was unfortunately caught and killed by Cao Cao, who then entered the palace and killed Queen Fu and the two young princes. Xian Emperor begged for his sons’ lives in vain. He was from then on a defeated figure, lonely and sad.

Emperor Xian: Bao-chun Li

Cao Cao: Zhuo-yu Liu

 

Gan Ning Seizing the Wei Camp-- a short combating scene of Kung Fu and acrobatics.

 

Cao Cao’s army beat Sun Quan at Wharf Xiao Yao. The brave Gan Ning of the Sun’s Camp, in return, seized the Wei camp with only a hundred men and won the battle.

General Gan Ning: Bao-chun Li

Cao Cao: Zhuo-yu Li