Taiwanese Folk Opera

On one of my last days in Taiwan, I was invited by Taiwan-based photographer Craig Ferguson to join him photographing a traditional Taiwanese folk opera at the Xiahai Temple in Taipei. Craig spent time over three days at the opera and posted a nice series of images a couple weeks ago over at his blog. At one point he was able to get backstage and so got a little bit different perspective on it than I did in the couple hours I spent there. He also has a much better description of what this is all about than I could ever give so I highly suggest you go check out his blog post, Koa-a-hi Song Drama.

Here’s a few images from my afternoon at the opera.

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Taiwanese Folk Opera

Taiwanese Folk Opera - Taipei

Opera Audience

Folk Opera Audience - Taipei

Opera Audience

Folk Opera Audience - Taipei

Opera Audience

Folk Opera Audience - Taipei

Meters and Switches

Backstage Equipment - Taipei

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4 Comments

  1. Craig Ferguson July 4, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Wonderful series Darin. It was great to meet you.

    • Darin July 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks Craig, and thanks for inviting me to the show.

  2. Jillian July 5, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    Love the vibrancy of the opera images!

    • Darin July 5, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Jillian!