This time, I was invited to perform at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. This was the first time I visited Wales, and the furtherest I have travelled for performance. Swansea is a nice little seaside city, having its own history and unique characters. Although we did not get a chance to tour around much, except a morning walk along the beach, we were charmed by it. It was very nice to get out of London, and have a breath of the fresh seaside air. During our morning walk, we encountered many lovely dogs, their running silhouettes against the bright sunlight and the glistening sea, the sight was really as if popping out of a painting.
Jingju: Brangwyn Hall
It has been quite a while since I have performed this piece of Chinese opera with full makeup. The last time was three years ago in Maidstone. This piece, Guifei Zui Jiu, or known as the Intoxicated Imperial consort (honest, the original Chinese name of the piece is really more elegant than the crudely translated English name), is one of the most famous pieces of Jingju. It depicts, the imperial consort Yang, on her way to the date with the Imperial Lee, and how the beautiful sceneries along the way echo with the excitement in her heart.
We took a walk to the seaside in the next morning. The weather was being kind to us, warm and sunny. For a moment, I really felt that summer is finally coming.
On the seashore, many beautiful seashells were washed up, embedded into the sand. Whilst we were there, we decided to collect a few as souvenirs. I always say the best things in the world are free. Indeed, these shells, although free, are perfect.
It might be difficult to sea, against the sunlight, the beach, sea and the clouds, the silhouettes of the dogs and their master create a stunning sight.
The seashells formed a beautiful belt along the beach.
So here concludes our short yet memorable little trip to Wales. I wonder where the Chinese opera will take us next time. Well, until next time…