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  • WE Dance (2018-19)

    09.09.2018 to 10.03.2019, Art Park, West Kowloon

    This September, WE Dance returns to the West Kowloon Art Park with Freespace Happening, to take you on a seven-month dance journey from September 2018 to March 2019

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  • Cantonese Opera and Cinema Cantonese Opera and Cinema West Kowloon 101

    Cantonese Opera and Cinema

    06.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Between 1940 and 1970, a large number of stars from the Cantonese opera stage entered the film industry in Hong Kong. This talk looks at the impact of this phenomenon, and the importance of Cantonese opera films as historical records of performances from that era

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  • Handicraft Workshops Handicraft Workshops Pre-opening Gala

    Handicraft Workshops

    01.01.2019 to 06.01.2019, Studio 5, Xiqu Centre

    Join us during the Xiqu Centre Pre-opening Gala week for free workshops offering a hands-on introduction to three of Hong Kong’s most recognisable heritage arts: lion dances, Cantonese opera and paper cutting

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  • West Kowloon 101 Foyer Talks foyertalk_image_01 West Kowloon 101

    West Kowloon 101 Foyer Talks

    31.12.2018 to 06.01.2019, 2/F Foyer, Xiqu Centre

    During the Xiqu Centre Pre-opening Gala, experienced professional performers share their experience and insight on various aspects of Cantonese opera in free and informal lunchtime and evening talks

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  • Cantonese Opera in the Hong Kong Religious Context

    05.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Professor Chan Sau-yan, expert on the musical structure, performance practice, ethnographic and historical aspects of Cantonese opera, looks at the tradition of religious operas in Hong Kong, and the challenges of preserving an ancient art form in a market-oriented economy

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  • Perfect Wives in Cantonese Operas

    04.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Cantonese operas are often based on stories of love and married life. The wives in these tales may be meek and loving or powerful and cunning. This talk looks at some of the Xiqu Centre opening performances to explore what makes a “perfect wife” on the Cantonese opera stage

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  • The Functions and Practice of Xiaoqu (short tunes) in Cantonese Opera

    03.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Melodic and song-like, xiaoqu can incorporate traditional instrumental melodies, folk songs, contemporary pop songs and even theme tunes from films and TV shows. This talk explores the origins and development of xiaoqu and its unique function in Cantonese opera

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  • Chinese Culture – A series of four talks

    21.10.2018 to 18.12.2018

    What is the relationship between modern society and these time-honoured art forms? In this series of talks, speakers from specialist fields will take you on a journey of discovery that reveals the beauty and history behind specific arts for your appreciation

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  • Arts and Cultural Management – A series of five talks

    09.10.2018 to 11.12.2018

    In this series of talks, local practitioners offer insight into the different areas of work involved in running cultural organisations and explore the qualifications and passion required for a career in the arts and culture field

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  • Freespace Happening (8-9.12.2018) Freespace Happening (8-9.12.2018) Freespace Happening

    Freespace Happening (8-9.12.2018)

    08.12.2018 to 09.12.2018, Art Park, West Kowloon

    Enjoy a fun-packed weekend of live music, movie screenings, art-making and more. For our first-ever screening on the facade of our new Freespace venue, we present two films that arts enthusiasts are sure to adore: ‘Faces Places’ and ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble’

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  • The Stories Behind the Xiqu Centre

    24.11.2018, Asia Society Hong Kong Center

    In this talk, West Kowloon’s Executive Director of Performing Arts Louis Yu offers insight into the design and venue positioning of the Xiqu Centre, looking at the venue’s unusual use of space and its relationship with local Cantonese opera communities

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  • The Music of Cantonese Opera The Music of Cantonese Opera West Kowloon 101

    The Music of Cantonese Opera

    20.11.2018, H6 CONET

    This talk explores the wide range of musical elements used in Cantonese opera, looking at the different vocal styles used for male and female roles, and the use of percussive instruments and rhythmic melodies to enhance mood and narrative

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  • Face Painting and Costumes of Cantonese Opera

    13.11.2018, D2 Place ONE

    This talk looks at the face painting and dressing processes used in contemporary Cantonese opera, and at the ways in which costumes contribute to the portrayal of different characters

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  • Freespace Happening (11.11.2018) Freespace Happening (11.11.2018) Freespace Happening

    Freespace Happening (11.11.2018)

    11.11.2018, Art Park, West Kowloon

    Whether you are into music, dance, crafts, books or pets, autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy whatever you love outdoors. On stage, as part of Taiwan Arts Festival, we present Constant & Change and Shallow Levée with their blend of post-rock, emo and Taiwanese folk…

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  • The Design of the Tea House Theatre

    08.11.2018, CityU SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre

    In this talk, West Kowloon’s Head of Xiqu, Naomi Chung, offers insight into the positioning and operation of the Tea House Theatre, looking at how the venue offers visitors an intimate experience with the productions and how programmes are curated with first-time audiences in mind

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  • SHOWTIME! Launching West Kowloon’s Artistic Strategy for Performing Arts

    27.10.2018, Asia Society Hong Kong Center

    In this free talk, Alison M Friedman, West Kowloon’s Artistic Director, Performing Arts shares the vision and plans for the district’s upcoming performing arts venues, the Xiqu Centre, Freespace and the Art Park, and looks at some of the projects lined up for the future

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  • The Stage Movements of Cantonese Opera

    23.10.2018, CityU SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre

    This talk looks at how acting, martial arts and dance are combined in Cantonese opera stage movement to create patterns of formulaic gesture that help define character and contribute to the unfolding of plot

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  • Behind the Design of the Xiqu Centre

    18.10.2018, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    In this talk, West Kowloon’s Executive Director of Performing Arts Louis Yu offers insight into the design and venue positioning of the Xiqu Centre, looking at the venue’s unusual use of space and its relationship with local Cantonese opera communities

    Past event
  • Freespace Happening (14.10.2018) Freespace Happening (14.10.2018) Freespace Happening

    Freespace Happening (14.10.2018)

    14.10.2018, Art Park, West Kowloon

    October’s Freespace Happening brings you live music and dance with a taste of Korea! On stage, we have Korean singer-songwriter Gonne Choi presenting acoustic guitar songs fused with traditional Korean elements and Korean dance artist Hyeon Lee who shares Ganggangsullae, an ancient, traditional folk dance incorporating dancing and singing

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  • Dialogue | Cantonese Opera Dialogue | Cantonese Opera West Kowloon 101

    Dialogue | Cantonese Opera

    18.09.2018, Campfire – Wong Chuk Hang

    Cantonese opera plays an important role in the lives of people in Hong Kong. This talk explores its transition from the use of Mandarin to the Cantonese vernacular, demonstrating vocal styles and techniques and offering a deeper understanding of the aesthetic features of the art form

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  • Freespace Happening (8–9.9.2018)

    08.09.2018 to 09.09.2018, Art Park, West Kowloon

    On 8 and 9 September, Freespace Happening, our free outdoor music and arts event, returns at its permanent site in the brand new West Kowloon Art Park

    Past event
  • Dialogue | Gender Fluidity in Traditional Indonesian Dance

    06.09.2018, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

    Looking at gender fluidity in traditional Indonesian dance forms and the recognition of multiple genders in Indonesian cultural practices, dance artist Rianto, shares how his training and cultural background have helped him develop a unique dance vocabulary that embodies gender fluidity

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  • Cantonese Opera 101 - Music

    17.07.2018, H6 CONET

    This talk explores the musical elements of Cantonese opera, including vocal styles used by actors playing male and female roles, “melo-rhythmic” vocal forms and programmatic tunes, and more

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