The art of kunqu is widely regarded as “the mother of Chinese opera”. Inscribed on the UNESCO “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2008, the art form dates back to the end of the Yuan dynasty (13th–14th century), with periods of widespread influence during the Ming (14th–17th century) and Qing (17th–early 20th century) dynasties. Despite centuries of decline and revival, kunqu has continued to evolve, embracing rich traditional elements, such as poetry, songs, music and various methods of performance, and establishing itself as a standard for other forms of xiqu.

This talk introduces the historical development of kunqu through music, videos, images and historical documents, exploring the literature, music and performing methods of the art form and offering a contemporary picture of its development.

12 June 2018 (Tuesday)

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Room 903, 9/F, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay – Exit A or F, Causeway Bay MTR Station)

Dr Chan Chun-miu


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


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Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverve Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at 3pm and onwards.

About Speaker:

Dr Chan Chun-miu


Local Chinese opera scholar Chan Chun-miu obtained a PhD degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and masters degrees from Hong Kong University and Soochow University (China). He has taught at City University Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching areas cover Chinese opera and Chinese classical literature. He has published a number of academic journals and was the recipient of the Wang Guowei traditional opera essay prize. In addition to his academic work, he studied kunqu singing under professionals such as Koo Siu-sun, Cheung Lai-chun and Zhou Qin.

As vice president of the Concordia Kunqu Society of Hong Kong, Chan has given talks and lectures on kunqu at universities in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and at various music societies and cultural institutions. He has also participated in performances as a musician (playing the qin) and as a singer (performing kunqu lyrics from the Song dynasty), in Hong Kong, China and the USA, and has released two recordings of his work.

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