JADE in the COAL
In 1900, the hardships of Chinese coal-miners in Cumberland, BC are relieved by a Cantonese opera troupe. As the actors rehearse, the mine’s ghosts stir, and reveal a terrible secret from the past.
JADE in the COAL is a theatrical dramatization about the early thriving Chinese community of Cumberland, BC. This is a new script, written by Governor General’s Award-winning writer Paul Yee with an original score by composer Jin Zhang, performed live by a six-piece Cantonese opera ensemble. This historical piece will combine Cantonese opera and Western theatre, and is a collaboration between Canadian artists and internationally-renowned Cantonese opera performers from China and Singapore.This project has been funded by a development grant from Arts Partners in Creative Development.as well as the BC Arts Council, the Hamber Foundation, and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.
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