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Acclaimed dance drama Opera Warriors to wow Singapore audiences

Singapore, 6 September 2012 --- Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings, and Scorpio East Productions will jointly present an acclaimed Chinese dance drama, Opera Warriors (粉墨春秋),at the Kallang Theatre from 23 to 25 November 2012. 

Performed by the Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble of Shanxi Vocational Art College, the epic dance drama will be staged in Singapore for the first time. 

Opera Warriors tells the story of three talented Chinese opera actors and their struggles and sacrifices to bring the outstanding beauty of Beijing opera to the stage. In the early 20th century in Northern China, three young proteges of the same master joined a theatrical troupe after completing their training. They were met with disparate fates thereafter.

Opera Warriors celebrates the excellence of a traditional Chinese art form. It is an exquisite visual feast that combines an elaborate set, beautiful costumes, dynamic lighting and original music. 

The production is choreographed by Mr Xing Shimiao, China's top-notch choreographer and scripted by Ms Li Pik Wah (Lilian Lee), one of Hong Kong's most popular columnists, whose movie screenplay “Farewell My Concubine” won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
 Mr Sha Xiaolan, the Lighting Designer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, will wow the audience with his lighting mastery.

After enjoying resounding success in Beijing where it was first performed, the production went on to receive critical acclaim when it was staged at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in June this year.

Mr Lim Huan Chiang, Vice President of Cultural Industry Promotion, Chinese Newspapers Division, said: “Lianhe Zaobao has always been actively promoting Chinese culture. Previously, we have presented several major Chinese musical productions such as Jin Sha, A Tale of Shaolin, Journey to the West, Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva and Hello Nasirdin Apandim. The most recent Journey to the West, which was brought back by popular demand, was also well-received by the Singapore audience. Likewise, we hope the audience will be captivated by Opera Warriors, which is a visual treat with its stunning sets, breathtaking dance performances and fine acting skills.” 

Opera Warriors is supported by PAssion Card Poh Tiong Choon Logistics. 

Programme details:
Opera Warriors《粉墨春秋》
Date: 8pm, 23 to 25 Nov/ 2.30pm matinee on 25 Nov 
Venue: Kallang Theatre
Ticket price*: $88, 68, $48, $38 (not inclusive of SISTIC booking fee)
*All students, senior citizens (aged 55 years and above), and PAssion Card holders will enjoy 10% off ticket prices. For bulk sales, any purchase of 20 tickets and above will enjoy 15% off.

*Discounts applicable for $88, $68 and $48 tickets

Visit for ticketing details. Tickets are now available at all SISTIC outlets. 


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For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
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Ann Choo
Assistant Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division

Singapore Press Holdings
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In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. 

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SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

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