No Limits 2022: Chamber Opera – Por Por

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In light of the current situation, No Limits 2022: Chamber Opera – Por Por during 19 to 20 March 2022 (Saturday to Sunday) will not take place as scheduled. Please see our Ticketing Arrangements page for details. Ticketing Enquiries: (852) 2200 0022, [email protected], Programme enquiries:  (852) 2828 4949,[email protected].


This original Cantonese chamber opera is a moving account of how dementia and depression affect elderly sufferers and those who care for them. Written by award-winning composer and lyricist Austin Yip, and directed by arts educator Emily Chan, Por Por is in 17 sections, mostly written for ensemble and chorus in Cantonese. The children’s chorus comprises students from Ebenezer School. 


As the title indicates, the opera focuses on a grandmother. She is stricken with dementia. The role is played by a male singer/actor, Caleb Woo. Por Por will also feature a new method of sign interpretation, with signers shadowing performers across the stage rather than standing to the side, thus integrating the signing and the stage action.  


Austin Yip wrote the music and the libretto while on a MacDowell Fellowship in New Hampshire in the United States. Por Por is an emotional rollercoaster that pays tribute to grandparents and carers everywhere. It provides an unforgettable theatrical experience that will live long in the memory. A heartwarming opera about forgetting, illusion and those that accompany the afflicted in their hours of need.


Artistic Team:
Artistic Director/Composer/Lyricist: Austin Yip
Music Director: Sanders Lau
Director: Emily Chan Mei-lee
Set Design: Moe Mo*
Lighting & Visual Design: Allen Fung*
Sound Design: King Kong
Costume Design: Cathy Siu


Baritone Soloist: Caleb Woo
Chorus: Katherine Chan, Emily Chun, Kenny Lam, Sanders Lau, Wong Shing-hin^, Winky Wong#
Children’s Chorus^: Shue Nga-lam, Wang Xin-yi, Xu Kai-ki, Yue On-lam
Children’s Chorus Master: Jasmin Cheng, Bonnie Liu
Dancer/Theatre Interpretation: Karen Chan


Pianists: Lee Shing, Linda Yim
Violinist: Ding Yijie*
Percussionist: Louis Siu


*By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
#By kind permission of Yat Po Singers
^By kind permission of Ebenezer School


Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd.


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust


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