CHINESE OPERA & MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA20 June 2017
Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (Singapore)
In collaboration with the Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble, Arts Focus will present a joyous night filled with a series of programmes, ranging from big Chinese drum percussion (大锣鼓), chamber music and excerpts from Teochew opera with 17 sophisticated performers.
Performance by: Arts Focus and Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble
Art Focus was established since 2005 as an organisation specialising in Chinese opera. Many of its founding members like Tan Ooh Chye, Lim Chor Khiang and Chua Swee Huang are well-known performers to local Teochew opera audience. Arts Focus had conducted public performance in 2006 entitled "Lady Tao San Choon", 2007 entitled "Chua Swee Huang's 30 Years of Stage Performance", 2009 entitled "Salvation of the Nation" and 2014 entitled "Appealing for a Military General". Arts Focus' President Tan Ooh Chye had specially written and composed the two excerpts performed during the 2007 performance. Arts Focus has been performing regularly among community clubs too.
The Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble was established in 2012 after the Kityang Huay Kwan carried out renovation to its aged building. The management committee wanted to bring life and more activities to the Association. Teochew music was a natural choice as Kityang Huay Kwan was formed by Teochew clan members from the Kityang county back in China. The group was invited to perform at various celebrative occasions of many other Teochew clubs and associations.