2012/13 Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre

Introduction

“Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with support from the Committee of Jiao Festival at Wang Chau, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and Sai Kung Kai Fong Committee. Under this programme, Cantonese opera excerpts for children, including Stealing the Celestial Herb and The Three Besieged Generals, are performed at distinctive bamboo theatres in three different districts, and parent-child interactive activities are organised for the audience. The aim of this programme is to provide the public, in particular children, with opportunities to set foot on bamboo theatres to learn more about this unique kind of temporary structure and to appreciate Cantonese operas, thereby enabling transmission of traditional Chinese culture and arts from generation to generation.

Performance Date & Venue (All activities are Completed)

Performance Time: 10:30am, 2pm
Each session lasts for about 2 hours

Date Venue
17 – 18 December 2012
(Mon – Tue)
Bamboo Theatre for Jiao Festival at Wang Chau, Yuen Long (Opposite to San Miguel Brewery, Fuk Wang Street, Yuen Long Industrial Estate)
28 – 29 January 2013
(Mon - Tue
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre
(Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)
29 – 30 May 2013
(Wed – Thu)
Bamboo Theatre at Tin Hau Temple, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung

Performed in Cantonese
Free admission by tickets

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Collection of Free Tickets

Free tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets.

1.  By Mail
Please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to:
Audience Building Office, LCSD
Podium, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre,
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Please mark “Request for free ticket for “Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” on the envelope and indicate performance date, time and number of ticket.
2.  Tickets are distributed one month prior to each performance at the enquiry counter of Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall
Time of Distribution: Monday – Friday (Except Public Holidays) 9am – 9pm
Tickets of individual performances are also distributed at the following venues:
Office Hours: Monday – Friday (Except Public Holidays) 9am – 7pm
  i. Performances on 17-18/12/2012:
Yuen Long District Office Public Enquiry Service Center (Address: G/F., Yuen Long District Office Building, 269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, N.T.)
  ii. Performances on 28-29/1/2013:
Yau Tsim Mong District Office Public Enquiry Service Center (Address: G/F., Mong Kok Government Offices, 30 Luen Wan Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon)
  iii. Performances on 29-30/5/2013:
Sai Kung District Office Public Enquiry Service Center (Address: G/F, Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex, 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O)
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Cantonese Opera Excerpts

Stealing the Celestial Herb
Stealing the Celestial Herb is an excerpt from The Story of the White Snake. White Snake and Green Snake, who have devoted themselves to self-cultivation for a thousand years at Emei Mountain, transform themselves into two maidens under the name of Bai Suzhen and Xiaoqing. They come to West Lake and by chance meet a young man, Xu Xian, who has just returned from grave sweeping. Bai and Xu fall in love and get married. However, a monk named Fahai wants to destroy their marriage and tells Xu that Bai is transformed from a snake demon. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, Xu urges Bai to drink realgar wine and, as a result, Bai is transformed back into her original snake form. The sight shocks Xu to death. Bai sneaks into Kunlun Mountain to steal a life-saving celestial herb. She fights with Crane and Deer and finally gets the herb, with which she nurses her husband back to life.

Cast

White Snake - Cheng Nga-ki
Crane - Yuen Sin-ting
Immortal Child - Tsai Chih-wei

The Three Besieged Generals
This is a story about the Battle of Xiaoshan during the Spring and Autumn Period. The states of Qin and Jin establish an alliance by marriage. The duke of Qin sends his daughter to marry the duke of Jin. After Duke Xiang of Qin has succeeded his father, he seeks hegemony and sends three generals – Meng Mingshi, Bai Yibing and Xi Qishu – to invade Jin. Ambushed by Jin’s general Xian Zhen in Xiaoshan, the three Qin generals are captured. Duke Xiang’s mother pleads with her son to release the three generals. Knowing the situation, General Xian immediately chases after them, but they are fortunate to be rescued by Jian Shu of Qin.

Cast

General Xian - Song Hong-bo
Meng Mingshi – Lan Tin-yau
Lai Ju – Lai Yiu-wai
Bai Yibing – Au Kim-lun
Xi Qishu – Au Kim-hang
Jin General – Hon Yin-ming

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Interactive Activities

Architectural Characteristics of Bamboo Theatres
A brief introduction on how a bamboo theatre is erected and its relations with the folk sacrificial customs to give the audience an insight into this distinctive traditional architecture.

Cantonese Operatic Singing
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim-long will show the audience the difference between Ping Hou (the male voice) and Zi Hou (the female voice) and their respective vocal skills. He will also demonstrate and invite the audience to sing along and enjoy the fun of Cantonese operatic singing.

Demonstration of Zou Bian (gait for martial characters), uphill simulation movement and sparring with weapons
Stylised movements are one of the four essential elements in Cantonese opera. As the saying goes “one minute on the stage takes ten years’ hard work off stage”, the splendid performances of the actors on stage are not the work of one single day. In this session, Cantonese opera actors will demonstrate the stylised movements of Zou Bian (gait for martial characters), uphill simulation movement and sparring with weapons so as to enhance their appreciation of the art of Cantonese opera.

Stage Make-up and Costumes
Unique aesthetic values are shown in the beautiful make-up and colourful costumes of Chinese opera actors. This session introduces and demonstrates to the audience the make-up of huandan (female) and chousheng (comic male), and enables young audience to present themselves on the stage as child Cantonese opera actors in full make-up and real costumes especially prepared for them.

Parent-child Interactive Activities
Two parent-child interactive activities are organised with the themes Chasing Butterflies and Horse Riding. Participating children and guardians will act as the leading young actor and the groom, or the young lady and her maid, under the guidance of the host. These enjoyable activities offer a wonderful opportunity for children and guardians to learn about Cantonese opera together by taking the roles of historical figures to explore the world of traditional arts.

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The programme is supported by the following organizations:

The Committee of Jiao Festival at Wang Chau
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Sai Kung Kai Fong Committee

Production Team

Master of ceremony: Sun Kim Long
Performers: Cheng Nga-ki, Yuen Sin-ting, Tsai Chih-wei, Song Hong-bo, Lan Tin-yau, Lai Yiu-wai, Au Kim-lun, Au Kim-hang, Hon Yin-ming
Parent-child Interactive Activities: Ng Kwok-wa, Wang Kit-ching, Leung Siu-mei
Organiser: Wong Siu-sang
Project Coordinator: RhapsoArts Management Limited
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Location of Bamboo Theatres

Bamboo Theatre for Jiao Festival at Wang Chau, Yuen Long (Opposite to San Miguel Brewery, Fuk Wang Street, Yuen Long Industrial Estate)

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West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre (Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)

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Bamboo Theatre at Tin Hau Temple, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung

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Enquiries

Programme enquiries: 2591 1300

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.