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  • A Master Selection of Cantonese Opera Excerpts Main image Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe

    A Master Selection of Cantonese Opera Excerpts

    17.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    An unmissable feast of classic Cantonese opera excerpts presented by an award-winning cast of renowned performers from Guangdong

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  • A Master Selection of Mixed Xiqu Excerpts Main image Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe

    A Master Selection of Mixed Xiqu Excerpts

    16.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    This mixed excerpt performance offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience highlights from some of the less familiar regional xiqu variations, including a Gannan tea-picking opera from Jiangxi and an archaic Ouju piece from Zhejiang

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  • A Master Selection of Kunqu Excerpts Main image Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe

    A Master Selection of Kunqu Excerpts

    15.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Showcasing highlights from the oldest form of xiqu still performed today, this selection demonstrates the nuance, grace and regional characteristics of Kunqu acting and singing and the talents of the specialist performers

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  • A Master Selection of Peking Opera Excerpts Main image Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe

    A Master Selection of Peking Opera Excerpts

    14.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Featuring a stellar cast of top Peking opera artists, this master selection showcases the distinct style and characteristics of China’s national form of traditional theatre

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  • The Application of Nanyin in Cantonese Opera

    05.03.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Looking at popular nanyin excerpts, this talk explores the history and evolution of nanyin, a form of Cantonese narrative singing, as one of the delivery styles used in Cantonese opera

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  • “Revenge in Guang Chang Long” CD Launching Ceremony and Concert

    02.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Featuring a line-up of talented nanyin performers, this special concert marks the launch of a live recording of a 1975 performance by blind singer Dou Wun, one of Hong Kong’s most renowned nanyin artists

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  • Lady Spring Fragrance main image Spring Festival Showcase

    Lady Spring Fragrance

    28.02.2019 to 01.03.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Adapted from a Korean folk tale, this original new play is set in imperial China and recounts the forbidden love between a coutesan’s daughter and the son of a magistrate. Will their commitment prove stronger than the challenges that face them, or will fate tear them apart?

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  • The Legend of the White Snake COCC Spring Festival Showcase

    The Legend of the White Snake

    26.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Blending martial arts and romance, this new adaptation of a classic tale depicts the love between Madame White Snake and Xu Xian and their tragic separation by the powerful monk Fahai

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  • The Melodies of Nanyin The Melodies of Nanyin West Kowloon 101

    The Melodies of Nanyin

    26.02.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    In this talk, members of the arts group The Gong Strikes One illustrate with live demonstrations how the vocal and instrumental melodies of nanyin are created and developed based on the lyrics

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  • Xiqu Film Screenings (February)

    09.02.2019 to 24.02.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Featuring seven Cantonese opera films produced in Hong Kong between 1948 and 1962, this screening series explores the complex relationship between on-stage and on-screen personas of some of the most renowned stage artists of the time. Also included is the award-winning contemporary documentary My Way, chronicling the struggle of two aspiring Cantonese opera actors

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  • The Butterfly and the Red Pear Blossoms main image Spring Festival Showcase

    The Butterfly and the Red Pear Blossoms

    23.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    A talented scholar and a courtesan fall in love after years of exchanging letters and poetry. Although fate conspires to keep them apart, the pair are finally united after a series of tantalising twists and turns...

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  • Face Painting and Costumes of Cantonese Opera

    02.02.2019 to 23.02.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu 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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  • Forty Years of Cherished Love main image Spring Festival Showcase

    Forty Years of Cherished Love

    22.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Based on the life of poet Lu You, this heart-wrenching play tells the story of his tragic separation from his first wife, and their accidental meeting, many years later, after both of them have remarried...

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  • The Peregrinations of Confucius main image Spring Festival Showcase

    The Peregrinations of Confucius

    20.02.2019 to 21.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    Based on texts from the Analects, this new play recounts the exploits of Confucius, one of the most influential philosophers in Chinese history, who spent 14 years travelling to preach his wisdom to the warlords of ancient China

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  • The Sounds of Battle main image Spring Festival Showcase

    The Sounds of Battle

    19.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    This complex political love triangle tells the story of princess Cuibi, her lover general Xia, and their struggle with the powerful King of Qin, whose one goal is to make Cuibi his wife

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  • The Knight Errant's Adventure in the Palace

    18.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    A belligerant war hero demands the hand of a beautiful princess. Discovering that she is in love with another he threatens the pair with an deadly ultimatum. Will the lovers manage to outwit this powerful and dangerous man?

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  • Goddess of the Ninth Heaven Main image Spring Festival Showcase

    Goddess of the Ninth Heaven

    17.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    This romantic legend tells the tale of Ai and Yang. Separated by a raging fire set by a jealous prince, the young lovers jump to their death in the flames. Reunited in the afterlife, their love is blessed for eternity

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  • The Curious Case of A Red Embroidered Shoe

    16.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    In a tale of romantic intrigue and wrongdoing, a besotted court clerk murders his wife to elope with his lover. Although he carefully arranges the crime scene to make himself look innocent, there is one detail he overlooks...

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  • Bound-foot Liu Jinding Battles at the Fort

    10.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    After a heated duel, general Gao and Liu Jinding, the female chief of a mountain fortress, find themselves so drawn to each other that when Gao is captured by the enemy, Liu single-handedly comes to his rescue. An action-packed romantic drama offering a treat for martial arts fans

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  • Life's Blessing to Shen and Meng main image Spring Festival Showcase

    Life's Blessing to Shen and Meng

    09.02.2019, Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

    A Spring Festival staple, this entertaining comedy tells the story of a marital crisis involving a browbeaten scholar, a philandering father-in-law, false accusations and lies. But can there still be a happy ending?

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  • Xiqu Film Screenings (January)

    26.01.2019 to 27.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    Accompanying our Grand Opening performance The Reincarnation of Red Plum – an acclaimed production by Hong Kong’s legendary stars Yam Kim-fai and Pak Suet-sin – this screening series presents three comic Cantonese opera films showing the magical Yam-Pak chemistry on screen

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  • The “Analects” in Cantonese Opera

    24.01.2019, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre

    In this talk, Cantonese opera playwright Woo Kwok-yin shares insight into the creative process behind his work The Peregrinations of Confucius, and explores how xiqu as a multidisciplinary art form can breathe new life and relevancy into classic texts

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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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  • 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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  • Pre-opening Gala Guided Tours

    30.12.2018 to 06.01.2019, Xiqu Centre

    Explore our new facilities and discover fun facts about the rich art of xiqu on our 60-minute guided tours

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Religious Operas 101 - Cantonese Opera in the Hong Kong Religious Context

    05.08.2017 to 12.08.2017, HKU SPACE International College - United Learning 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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  • 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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