Bitter Tea Sneak Peek 5/12


Join us on Monday May 12th at Markham Flato Theatre for their Diamond Entertainment performing season kickoff.

Reserve your complementary tickets today and get a sneak peek of some of the great artists invited to the 2014/15 season, including LPGC’s very own Artistic Director Emily Cheung. Cheung will launch a remount of LPGC’s 2011 award winning production “Bitter Tea”(千紅一窟), and dance in the leading role as Ruan Ling Yu (阮玲玉).

Emily Cheung as Ruan Ling Yu. Photo by Jonathan Wong.

Emily Cheung as Ruan Ling Yu. Photo by Jonathan Wong.


Bitter Tea marked the first major full-length production from LPGC by choreographers Jeffery Chan and Jack Shi. It won the “Encourgement of New Direction” Award from Paula Citron and Globe & Mail, and set off a fresh course for LPGC’s contemporary full length productions in additional to its cultural root in Beijing Opera and classical dance.

Bitter Tea is an interpretation of a traditional theme of Chinese culture and aesthetics that reflects the culturally diversity of Toronto and the unique vision of LPGC. This full length piece is set in Shanghai in the 1930s and tells the story of Ruan Ling Yu, the greatest actress of Chinese silent films. It tells the tale of both love and recognition against the turbulent background of a rapidly changing society.

Brendan Wyatt, Emily Cheung. Photo by: Jonathan Wong

Brendan Wyatt, Emily Cheung. Photo by: Jonathan Wong


Chan created and molded the roles of Ruan Ling Yu and characters around her, and Shi played the role of creating abstract ideas to accompany the mood and changes of each scenery. Ideas from both choreographers merged into one holistic repertoire and accompanied by an original score and sound scape by composer Heidi Chan.
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