The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (III)

Jin Yong Xiqu Theatre

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Jin Yong’s Centennial Memorial

Jin Yong Xiqu Theatre - The Smiling, Proud Wanderer consists of several newly commissioned xiqu excerpts. It tells wuxia stories of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer in the Naamyam way of storytelling used in Cantonese opera, including Dongfang Bubai transforming from sheng (male) to dan (female); master and apprentice Linghu Chong and Yue Buqun losing their ways between good and evil; Linghu Chong seeking freedom and mastering Nine Swords of Dugu; and Linghu Chong and Ren Yingying finally retiring from battle in The Song of the Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Jingju (Peking opera), Kunqu (Kun opera), Naamyam, and the four elements of xiqu are all employed in the performance in memorial of Jin Yong, the master of wuxia literature. 


5 plays in 3 combinations on stage,

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Programme III (7-9.6.2024)

  • The Song of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (Kunqu.Sheng Dan)
  • Nine Swords of Dugu (Xiqu.Wusheng) 3
  • Read Sing the Song of the Smiling, Proud Wanderer (Naamyam) 3

Standard Price: $280, concession available

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Adapted from Jin Yong's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer

With authorisation from Ming Ho Publications

Artistic Director, Curator: Mathias Woo

Xiqu Advisor: Zhou Long ( Xiqu.Beijing), Ke Jun (Kunqu. Nanjing) & Kong Aiping (Kunqu. Nanjing)

Music Director, Assistant Artistic Director: Cedric Chan
This project is funded under the Arts Technology Funding Pilot Scheme by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region



The Song of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (Kunqu .Sheng Dan)

Director, Arts Tech Installation: Mathias Woo
Xiqu Director: Kong Aiping
Scriptwriter: Zhang Jing-jing
He Xin-yue (Dan, a female role) as Ren Yingying
Song Bo-fan (Sheng, a male role) as Linghu Chong


Linghu Chong, the most senior apprentice of the Mount Hua School, obtains the music score of The Song of the Smiling, Proud Wanderer, and learned to play the qin (plucked string instrument) when he encountered a member of an evil cult, Ren Yingying at Green Bamboo Lane. After experiencing turmoil and perils in the martial arts world, the pair retired from battle, and played The Song of the Smiling, Proud Wanderer in reconciliation between good and evil.


Nine Swords of Dugu (Xiqu.Wusheng)

Director, Arts Tech Installation: Mathias Woo 

Xiqu Director: Zhou Long
Scriptwriter: Zhou Long, Zhang Xin-jia
Ren Jia-le (Wusheng, a martial role) as Linghu Chong


Linghu Chong is punished with temporary exile at a cliff to reflect on his acquaintance with evil schools. In a cave, he discovers that evil swordsmen had deciphered the secret technique of his own school and loses his faith in the Mount Hua School. At this moment of doubt he meets Feng Qingyang, a senior at Mount Hua School who coaches his swordplay, and eventually masters the all-powerful Nine Swords of Dugu!


Read Sing the Smiling, Proud Wanderer (Naamyam) 

Naamyam Writing / Performer: Yeung Kin Ping@TroVessional


Read-singing in Naamyam Jin Yong’s classic wuxia novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Narrating brutal bloodsheds, singing about favours and grudges in the martial arts world.


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Terms and Conditions

  • Running time approximately 80 minutes with no intermission
  • Performed with Chinese and English surtitles
  • Best for ages 6 and above
  • No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance.
  • Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists, vary advertised programmes, and/or terminate the programme without prior notice.