Reviving the Almost Lost Versions of Three Routine Plays in Cantonese Opera ─
Raising the curtain of a performance with routine plays has been for a century a traditional practice of Cantonese opera troupes and can still be seen regularly in ritual performances in Hong Kong. The Eight Immortals Bestowing Longevity, Blessing of Promotion, and the Grand Scale Version of The Heavenly Maiden Delivers Her Son to the Mortal Father are scheduled to be staged respectively during daytime on the main festival day in a series of ritual performances. The routine plays have retained the musical forms, tunes, official language and performance practices used in early Cantonese operas. The studies of the surviving musical notations and documented oral history suggest that some segments of the routine plays have been omitted in performance for more than half a century. Few experienced actors and musicians still remember (at least partially to different extents) the performance conventions of the almost lost versions of the three routine plays.
Performers from Catonese Opera Young Talent Showcase, and the Youth Talent of Cantonese Opera Training Course, The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong
Academic Advisors: Prof Yu Siu-wah, Prof Li Siu-leung, Prof Yung Sai-shing, Prof Ng Wing-chung (Chief Editors, the Hong Kong Volumes of Annals of Chinese Opera and Anthology of Chinese Opera)
Funded by: Knowledge Transfer Project Fund and Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University