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[FINAL CALL]《Religious Operas 101》- Cantonese Opera in HK
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《Religious Operas 101》-

  Cantonese Opera in the Hong Kong Religious Context

The stylistic development of Chinese traditional theatre has been shaped by religious opera from its earliest origins to the modern day. Every year, up to 40 series of Cantonese opera and more than 200 shows take place in Hong Kong. Organised by local communities, and staged by professional troupes in temporary bamboo theatres, the performances celebrate the birthdays of gods and provide sacred and secular entertainment to highlight purification rituals and initiation rituals for new temples. 

Using ethnographic data and images collected over 30 years around Hong Kong, this talk looks at aspects such as: features of traditional religions, organisation of performances, related religious rituals and secular activities, formation of opera troupes,  artists and performances, and the inevitable but sad decline of a tradition whose preservation depends on its self-sustainability and ability to respond to the challenges of a market-oriented economy.

Date: 12 August 2017 (Saturday)  
Time: 3:00-4:15PM  

HKU SPACE International College, Room 608, 6/F, United Centre,

95 Queensway, Admiralty (Admiralty MTR Exit D) MAP

Language: English  

Prof. Chan Sau-yan


Prof. Chan Sau-yan read music and philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before embarking on doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of Professors Bell Yung and Deane Root. He taught at the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1987 to 2007, where he founded the Cantonese Opera Research Programme and Chinese Opera Information Centre, and served as Associate Director of University General Education. He recently returned to Hong Kong after a seven-year stay in Wales, where he learned Welsh folk dance and creative writing. He is the author and editor of twenty academic books on the musical structure, performance practice, ethnographic and historical aspects of Cantonese opera, including Improvisation in a Ritual Context: The Music of Cantonese Opera(Chinese University Press, 1991). At present he is a writer-cum-researcher.




Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis, please register in advance.  







2017年8月5日 (星期六)



香港大學專業進修學院 國際學院

語言: 廣東話  



陳教授早年在香港中文大學及美國匹茲堡大學取得音樂學士及民族音樂學博士學位,1987年至2007年在香港中文大學音樂系任教,歷年發表專著有《神功戲在香港:粵劇、潮劇及福佬劇》(1996;2012年再版)、《儀式、信仰、演劇:神功粵劇在香港》(1996;2008年再版)等;英文著作有 Improvisation in a Ritual Context: the Music of Cantonese Opera(1991)和論文多篇。近作有《唐滌生創作傳奇》(2016)。他在2008年初移居英國,2015年回香港定居;現從事粵劇研究和寫作。

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Online Registration only available for《Religious Opera 101》English session, to be held on 12 August 2017 (Saturday).

online registration

電話:2910 7645 / 2910 7626

主辦機構:西九文化區管理局 (WKCDA)