This August, we are delighted to host the GuoGuang Opera Company from Taiwan, who return to Hong Kong with their original Peking opera production Dowager Xiao-Zhuang and Dorgon.

To offer insight into the performance, GuoGuang’s two lead cast members – Wei Hai-min (Dowager Xiao-Zhuang) and Tang Wen-hwua (Dorgan) – join us earlier in the month for a pre-performance discussion and sharing session to talk about their work. During the event, Wei Hai-min, known as the queen of Peking opera, and Tang Wen-hwua, one of Taiwan’s leading laosheng (martial and civilian male) actors, explore the art of Peking opera and the complex relationship between their characters.

Date:
1 August 2019 (Thursday)

Time:
7:30pm–9:00pm

Venue:
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Speaker:
Zhang Yu-hua, Wei Hai-min, Tang Wen-hwua

Language:
Mandarin

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

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Enquiries:
Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0831 or learning@wkcda.hk during office hours.

Accessibility Services:
Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 4 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at/after 3:30pm on the day of the event.

About Speakers:

Zhang Yu-hua, President of GuoGuang Opera Company

Adjunct Assistant professor at the Fu Jen University, Taipei, Zhang Yu-hua’s work explores cultural inheritance and brand values. Recent publications include Exploring the Assumed Characteristics of Dramatic Performance and The Unique Brand of GuoGuang. She is also actively engaged in the development and sustainable management of xiqu troupes in Taiwan through GuoGuang’s creative performances and practices.

Wei Hai-min

Wei Hai-min is an internationally renowned qing yi (young female) actor from the Mei (Lan Fang) School of Peking opera, who delivers outstanding performances in both traditional and newly created productions. After joining the Mei School, she became the first live-in apprentice of Mei Bao-Jiu, and devoting her life to pursue her art. Although qing yi roles were traditionally confined to the mild-tempered and submissive wife, Wei became known for lending the women she portrayed more outspoken characters. Wei is a four-time winner of the National Army Cultural Award for the Best Dan (female lead) Role, as well as a recipient of the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Award, the Plum Blossom Award, the Most Outstanding Asian Artist Award, and the Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.

Tang Wen-hwua

A graduate of the Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy, Tang Wen-hwua is GuoGuang’s lead laosheng (martial and civil) actor, and a leading laosheng in the Taiwan opera world. His sonorous voice and fine acting skills have made him a favourite among opera aficionados. He was awarded the National Army Cultural Award for Best Sheng (male lead) Role, the Culture and Arts Award, the Sokka Gakkai International Cultural Award, the Taiwan Junior Chamber’s Global Chinese Arts and Cultural Heritage Award, and the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Award.

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