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Lingnan Music Series: Guangdong Music Under the Tree - Chaozhou Music

Venue Date & Time Price
Former Yamen Building of Kowloon Walled City, Kowloon Walled City Park
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29.03.2014(Sat)
14:30
Free Admission

The Chiu Chow Yingge Dance Troupe of Yuen Long will perform yingge dance of Chaozhou at 1:45pm as an opening of the "Guangdong Music Under the Tree - Chaozhou Music" performance, bringing you an afternoon full of Chaozhou cultures.

 

Programme

 

1:45pm

Performance by The Chiu Chow Yingge Dance Troupe of Yuen Long

'The Yingge Dance – A Preview'

2:30pm

Performance by Hong Kong Chiu Chow Music Ensemble 

Chaozhou Gongs and Drums Da luogu

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Chaozhou Gongs and Drums Xiao luogu

Phoenix in the Sky

Lions Playing with a Ball

Butterflies Among Flowers

Suona Music

Two Heroes Crossing the River

Xianshi Ensemble Music

As the Waves Wash the Sand

Yearning for Spring

Wild Geese on the Sandbank

Qian Jia Deng

Chaozhou Operatic Song Singing

Excerpt from The Story of Chun Xiang (Vocal: Lau Sik-chun, Fong Wah)

Excerpt from Chen San and Wu Niang (Vocal: Lee Yuen-ching, Yeung Mei-wah)

Wang Jinlong (Vocal: Lee Ching-lan)

Carrying the Younger Sister All the Way to the Capital (Vocal: Lam Hei-chu)

 

About the Performers

 

Hong Kong Chiuchow Music Ensemble

The Hong Kong Chiuchow Music Ensemble is a non-professional organization performing Chaozhou music and Chinese opera in Hong Kong. Formed in the 1970’s, the Ensemble was a regular performing group in the outdoor entertainment programmes of the former Hong Kong Urban Council. Its members are local enthusiasts in Chaozhou music, most of whom with 20 to 30 years of performing experience. These veterans are now helping to groom younger musicians either as coaches or music teachers. Apart from performing as accompanying ensemble for Chaozhou opera troupes in Hong Kong, it has also toured Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The musicians are in close contact with famous virtuosi in Chaozhou and Shantou, practising with them and actively promoting cultural exchange in a bid to keep the art form thriving.

 

Main Performers:

Lau Fok-kwong, Li Tung-yat, Wong Pui-chu, Lo Shau-chun, Hui Din-fung, Wong Shek-yuk, Tang Siu-cheong, Hui Chun-lit, Chan Yim-pau, Hui Hon-kei, Li Ying-wai, Wong Bing-wah, Wong Shek-tong and Lee Chun-hau

 

Vocal:

Lau Sik-chun, Fong Wah, Lee Yuen-ching, Yeung Mei-wah, Lee Ching-lan and Lam Hei-chu

 

 

The Chiu Chow Yingge Dance Troupe of Yuen Long

 

The Chiu Chow Yingge Dance Troupe of Yuen Long is under the auspices of the Yuen Long Chiu Chow Clan Fa Pau Club.  It was formed in the 1960’s by a group of Chiu Chow residents in Yuen Long. Every year, on the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month, during the Tin Hau Festival, the troupe would participate in the temple fairs and parades held at the Tin Hau festival in Yuen Long. Their performance during the processions has always been popularly received.  In recent years, the troupe has also been invited to participate in other carnival activities, such as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade, Hong Kong SAR Anniversary Celebrations parade in Sha Tin District, temple fairs in Tsuen Wan, the “Grand Parade in Celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Establishment of Tai Wo Market and the 15th Anniversary of the Reunification of HKSAR, Tai Po” etc.

 

Yingge, or “song of the heroes”, is one of the two representative types of mass dances in China.  As the saying goes, “there is the waist drum dance of Ansai in the north, and yingge dance of Chaozhou and Shantou in the south”.  Performed by male dancers of the Han ethnic group, yingge dance first grew in popularity in the Chaoyang County of Chaozhou.  Its origin may date back to the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty during the 18th Century, when practicing martial arts was officially banned by the government.  To get round the law, a man called Zhu Zhipie created a set of martial art routines and by playing on the homonym of “wu” – one meaning “martial arts” and the other “dance” – he called it “yingge dance”. With this, he was able to teach the villagers martial arts.  The “heroes” of the routines were based on some of the characters in the classic novel, The Water Margin, of the Ming Dynasty.  Each performance may involve six to over thirty members. With double sticks in hand, they would dance to staggered rhythms with agility and impressive dynamic control.

Enquiries

 

Free Admission

 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
In case of inclement weather, the performance may be affected.  Please look out for announcements by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department on the day of the event.

 

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
 

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