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  • The Heartless Men of Cantonese Opera

    25.06.2019 to 23.07.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    In this series of two talks, theatre practitioner and critic Dr Cheung Ping-kuen examines the psychological and emotional journeys of some of Cantonese opera’s iconic “heartless men”, looking at the motivation behind their behaviour, and exploring the relevance of these characters for modern day audiences

  • Chinese Culture Talk Series III

    26.06.2019 to 31.07.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Throughout history, tea and incense have played an important part in traditional Chinese culture. This series of talks looks at the historic and contemporary cultural uses of incense and tea, and explores their aesthetic and ritual significance

  • What is Stage: Space as Poetry

    01.07.2019 to 27.09.2019, The Box & The Room, Freespace

    This September, renowned German stage and costume designer Anna Viebrock joins us for a public seminar and five-day artist workshop on how stage design goes beyond space. In preparation for the workshop, Edward Lam introduces Viebrock’s work with a public talk and series of professional screenings exploring the aesthetics of some of her most important opera and stage productions

  • Kunqu: Portrayals of Human Nature

    06.07.2019, Seminar Hall & Studio, Xiqu Centre

    In this talk, Chinese opera scholar Chan Chun-miu looks at the development of Kunqu productions over time, and explores how stories of life and human nature have become central themes for the genre

  • Cantopop and Local Indie Music in the Digital Era

    16.07.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    In this talk, Stella Lau, former Programme Director in Performing Arts at HKU SPACE, explores the Hong Kong recording industry, the evolution of Cantopop, the characteristics of mainstream and indie music and the challenges and opportunities that the digital era has opened up for local pop music culture

  • Cantonese Opera and Kunqu: Major Works

    03.08.2019, Seminar Hall & Studio, Xiqu Centre

    In this talk, Chinese opera scholar Chan Chun-miu uses audio and video demonstrations to illustrate and compare the literary styles of a selection of Kunqu and Cantonese opera works with similar themes