Xiqu is a traditional form of Chinese theatre that embraces a wide range of  musical elements, such as xiaoqu (folk music), nianbai (speech) and luogu (Chinese percussion instruments). To give participants a better understanding of this popular art form, West Kowloon and HKU SPACE International College are collaborating to present “Cantonese Opera 101 – Xiaoqu (folk music)”, a talk with emerging Cantonese opera actor, producer and educator Paris Wong on xiaoqu – a form of folk music that plays an important part in this art form.

Xiaoqu is often adapted to incorporate melodies from contemporary Cantonese and Mandarin pop songs, TV drama theme tunes, and even Western pop songs. In this talk, Paris Wong looks at different types of xiaoqu to show the flexibility of Cantonese opera and how the art form incorporates elements of pop songs from different eras and theme songs from Hong Kong movies.

26 July 2017 (Wed)

7:30pm – 8:45pm

HKU SPACE International College- United Learning Centre
(Room 614, 6/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong - Exit D, Admiralty MTR Station)

Paris Wong

Conducted in Cantonese

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis, please register in advance.


Ms Chan (852) 2200-0812, pa5@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
If Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 8 or above or a Black Rainstorm Warning is in force at 3pm and onwards, or when an announcement is made by the Hong Kong Observatory that the Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 8 or above is likely to be issued at 3pm and onwards, the talk will be cancelled or rescheduled.

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About the Speaker

Paris Wong

Emerging Cantonese opera actor Paris Wong, one of the first performers to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honous) Degree in Chinese Opera from the School of Chinese Opera at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, performs mainly in the dan (lead female) role. Champion of the Open Group section of the Hong Kong Schools Cantonese Operatic Songs Competition, he represented Hong Kong in the first Hou Baolin Cup China National Youth & Teenage QuYi Competition Singing Contest where he was recognised with “The Judge’s Special Award”. Paris works as a producer for Cantonese Opera, and in 2007 founded the Pine Moon Cantonese Cultural Arts Centre to promote education programmes in the art. He also hosts and performs in a number of regular Cantonese opera music programmes.

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