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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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  • Pre-opening Gala Film Screenings

    30.12.2018 to 06.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    To complement our Grand Theatre performances we present five Cantonese opera films produced between 1957 and 2011 and featuring some of the legends of the golden age of Cantonese opera film

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Roving Exhibition on the Xiqu Centre

    West Kowloon is staging a roving exhibition on the Xiqu Centre in which the general public can gain a greater understanding on the construction progress of the venue which is scheduled for opening in late 2018, as well as its pre-opening programmes

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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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  • Cantonese Opera 101

    17.04.2018, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College

    This talk explores how Cantonese opera has transitioned from the use of Mandarin and traditional vocal techniques to the use of the Cantonese vernacular. Demonstrating vocal styles and techniques, the speaker offers a deeper understanding of the aesthetic features of Cantonese opera

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  • Cantonese Opera and Hong Kong Culture 101

    03.03.2018, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College

    This talk takes an in-depth look at the ways in which Cantonese opera and Cantonese operatic song have shaped Hong Kong culture, exploring their influence on the local vernacular, education and performing arts

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  • Cantonese Opera Face Painting and Costumes 101

    16.01.2018, HKU SPACE - Admiralty Learning Centre

    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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  • Cantonese Opera 101 – Xiaoqu (folk music)

    26.07.2017, HKU SPACE International College - United Learning Centre

    In this talk, the speaker Paris Wong looks at different types of xiaoqu to show the flexibility of Cantonese opera and how the art form incorporates elements of pop songs from different eras and theme songs from Hong Kong movies

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