2015/16 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 Sha Tin Rural Committee, Tai Po Tai Hang Rural Committee and Cha Kwo Ling Villagers Fraternity Association. Under this programme, Cantonese opera excerpts for students, including Battle at Chang Ban Po and Rescuing the Goddess of Mount Hua, are performed at distinctive bamboo theatres in two different districts, and parent-child interactive activities are organised for the audience. The aim of this programme is to provide the public, in particular students, 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, Time & Venue

Each session lasts for about 1 hour 30 minutes

Date Time Venue
28 November 2015 (Sat) 1:30pm Bamboo Theatre for the Tai Ping Ching Chiu Festival of Nine Sub-districts of Sha Tin
(Ngau Pei Sha Street Playground, Sha Tin)
(Completed)
7:30pm
30 November 2015 (Mon) 10:30am
2pm
7 – 8 December 2015
(Mon – Tue)
10:30am Tai Po Tai Hang Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre
(Tai Hang Village, Tai Po)
(Completed)
2pm
4-5 May 2016*
(Wed – Thu)
10:30am Cha Kwo Ling Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre
(Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong)
(Completed)
2pm

* Performance (4 May 10:30am & 5 May 2pm) reached full capacity.

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 for each performance.


1.  By Mail
Please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to:

Audience Building Office, LCSD
11th Floor, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Please mark “Request for free ticket for “Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” on the envelope and indicate performance date, time, number of ticket, name and contact no.
2.  Obtain In Person
Free tickets will be distributed at the following locations.
Performances on 28 & 30/11/2015: From 28 Oct 2015 (Completed)
Performances on 7-8/12/2015: From 9 Nov 2015 (Completed)
Performances on 4-5/5/2016: From 6 Apr 2016 (Completed)
  i) Enquiry counter of Hong Kong Cultural Centre & Hong Kong City Hall Low Block
Time of Distribution: Monday to Sunday, 9am - 9pm
  ii) Tickets of individual performances are also distributed at the following venues:
Office Hours: Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays), 9am - 7pm
  Performances on 28 & 30/11/2015
a) Sha Tin District Office Public Enquiry Service Center (G/F, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, N.T.)
b) Enquiry Counter, Sha Tin Town Hall (1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T.)
  Performances on 7-8/12/2015
Tai Po District Office Public Enquiry Service Center 
(G/F, Tai Po Government Offices Building, 1 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, N.T.)
  Performances on 4-5/5/2016
Kwun Tong District Office Public Enquiry Service Center (Address: G/F, The Grande Building, 398 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon)
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Cantonese Opera Excerpts

Battle of Chang Ban Po
During the Three Kingdoms period, Liu Bei escaped to Jiangxia. As he was being pursued by Cao Cao’s army, he became separated from and lost touch with his family. By order of Liu Bei, military general Zhao Yun rode on horseback to break the siege on his own. He rescued Liu Bei’s family and Lady Mi. Lady Mi entrusted her son, Ah Dou, to Zhao and then threw herself into a well. Zhao carried Ah Dou and broke through Cao’s army numbering one million combat soldiers. Also, Zhang Fei, another military general of Liu Bei, ferociously battled and fended off Cao Cao's force in Chang Ban Bridge.

Cast

Zhao Yun - NG Lap-hei
Cao Cao - KWOK Kai-fai
Zhang He - AU Kim-Hang

Rescuing the Goddess of Mount Hua
Scholar Liu Yanchang encountered a thief at Mount Hua, and was saved by the Goddess of Mount Hua. The two then married, and had a son called Chen Ziang. Since marriage between a goddess and a man was not accepted in heavenly law, God Erlang sent his divine dog to steal the Lotus Lantern that had been created through the goddess's alchemy for a thousand years, making her lose all her power. He had her imprisoned under Mount Hua. Liu was heartbroken, but with the assistance of the goddess's housemaid Ling Zhi, he escorted Chen Ziang to leave Mount Hua. Liu returned to his hometown, married Wong Guiying, and they had a child, Qiu Er. One day, after more than 10 years, Chen Ziang and Qiu Er got into a fight with the magistrate's son, Qin Guanbao, as he was assaulting a lady, and accidentally killed him. During the court proceedings, Chen Ziang inadvertently learned of his family background. Surprised and heartbroken, he said farewell to his parents and Qiu Er to practise alchemy, and eventually overcame the God Erlang, setting free his mother, the Goddess of Mount Hua.

Cast

Chen Ziang - YUEN Sin-ting
Ling Zhi - CHAN Kei-ting
God Erlang - AU Kim-lun / KWONG Tsz-wong

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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.

Cantonese Opera and Instruments Presentation
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim-long will brief us on Cantonese opera's musical elements and instruments, supported by a simple demonstration by musicians.

Demonstration of Zou Bian, Ma Dang Zi 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 Zou Bian (a set of actions), Ma Dang Zi (a set of actions with horsewhip) 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 Horse Riding and Water Sleeves. 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:

Sha Tin Rural Committee
Tai Po Tai Hang Rural Committee
Cha Kwo Ling Villagers Fraternity Association

Sha Tin Performances:

Co-organised by: Sha Tin Arts & Culture Promotion Committee
Sponsored by: Sha Tin District Council

Production Team

Master of ceremony: SUN Kim Long
Performers: NG Lap-hei, KWOK Kai-fai, AU Kim-hang, YUEN Sin-ting, CHAN Kei-ting, AU Kim-lun*#^ / KWONG Tsz-wong* (28.11)
Parent-child Interactive Activities: NG Kwok-wa, WONG Po-fai*^ / ZENG Su-xin#, LEUNG Siu-mei
Organiser: WONG Siu-sang
Project Coordinator: RhapsoArts Management Limited

*Sha Tin Bamboo Theatre #Tai Po Bamboo Theatre ^Kwun Tong Bamboo Theatre

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Location of Bamboo Theatres

Bamboo Theatre for the Tai Ping Ching Chiu Festival of Nine Sub-districts of Sha Tin
(Ngau Pei Sha Street Playground, Sha Tin)

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Getting here:
From MTR City One Station Exit D and then walk for 5 minutes
By bus (Yu Chui Court Bus Stop):281A, 49X, 82X, 83K, 84M, 85A, 86, 89X



Tai Po Tai Hang Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre (Tai Hang Village, Tai Po)

Location of Bamboo Theatres 02

Getting here:
By minibus 25A to Tai Hang Village Centre from MTR Tai Wo Station Exit A and then walk for 5 minutes
By bus (Tai Hang bus stop): 73A, 73, 74D



Cha Kwo Ling Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre (Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong)

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Getting here:
By minibus 23B from Tung Yan Street Temporary Public Light Bus Terminus, MTR Kwun Tong Station Exit A1
By minibus 23C from MTR Lam Tin Station Exit D1 or Yau Tong Station Exit B2

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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.