Cantonese opera plays an important role in the everyday lives of people in Hong Kong, influencing both the language and the popular culture. In this talk, emerging Cantonese opera actor, producer and educator Paris Wong explores these relationships and looks at how the art form has transitioned from the use of Central Plains Mandarin* and traditional vocal techniques to the use of the Cantonese vernacular.
Demonstrating vocal styles and techniques, and introducing the symbolic meanings of different patterns and colours, he offers a deeper understanding of the aesthetic features of Cantonese opera.
*Central Plains Mandarin (Zhongzhouyun, also known as Guilin guanhua, the language of the officials of Guilin), the archaic singing style of used in early Cantonese opera.
18 September 2018 (Tuesday)
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Campfire – Wong Chuk Hang
5/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road (3 minutes walk from Wong Chuk Hang MTR station exit A1)
Paris Wong, Cantonese Opera Artist
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.
Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 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 3pm and onwards.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Chinese Opera from the School of Chinese Opera at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he specialised in the dan (lead female) role. Paris Wong works as a producer for Cantonese opera and founded the Pine Moon Cantonese Cultural Arts Centre in 2007 in promoting education programmes in the art. He also hosts and performs in a number of regular Cantonese opera music programmes. 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.