Butterfly Lovers premiered in 1958 and was the late Santha Bhaskar's first full-length production in Singapore. She was already taken up by the multicultural atmosphere and the ease with which the various ethnic groups got along. Watching the Chinese film version of the tale sealed the deal and inspired her to stage the work. With the multi-ethnic students she had, she gave audiences then a Bharatanatyam lens to the Chinese folktale.
Now BAA is thrilled to reimagine this work more than six decades later, this time choreographed by Mrs Bhaskar’s daughter and Artistic Director, Meenakshy Bhaskar, who brings a different perspective to the work. Staged in Dec 2021 at the Victoria Theatre, which was the venue of the premiere as well, this restaging is part of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's Cultural Extravaganza.
Butterfly Lovers is the story of star-crossed lovers Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai which will take you on a journey of friendship, separation, heartache and reunion, and is one of the Four Great Folktales. The work features renowned musician Rajkumar Bharathi's music composition and Neil Chua on the ruan, as well as voiceover narrations by Kamini Ramachandran.
Dates: 3 – 5 Jun 2022 (Fri – Sun), 8.00pm
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium, Level 9
Duration: 90 min, no intermission
Ticket Price: $25, $30
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