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Pre-performance Talk ─ Reviving the Almost Lost Versions of Three Routine Plays in Cantonese Opera
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日期: 2017年2月28日 (星期二)
時間: 下午5時30分時至7時
地點: 嶺南大學李運強教學大樓MBG07室
講者: 林萬儀女士 (嶺南大學群芳文化研究及發展部副研究員,文化研究系兼任講師)
合辦: 嶺南大學群芳文化研究及發展部
語言: 廣東話
ILP學分: 1.5 (美育發展)




Date: 28 February, 2017 (Tue)
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Venue: MBG07, Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building, Lingnan University
Speaker: Ms Lum Man Yee (Research Associate of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme and part-time lecturer of Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University)
Co-organiser: Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University


ILP Units: 1.5 (Aesthetic Development)

The preservation and development of intangible cultural heritage has been a hot issue among artists, scholars and policymakers in recent years. Routine play in Cantonese opera is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, preserved in its century-old form by artists. The custom of raising the curtain of a performance with routine plays 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. Documented oral history studies and the surviving musical notations 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 routine plays.

Hear the researcher-cum-programme planner talks about the origin, stylistic features and cultural significance of routine plays in Cantonese opera, and how to make use of academic studies to partially help the Cantonese opera profession revive and reconstruct part of Cantonese opera’s performance almost lost practices.


About the Speaker
Lum Man-yee is currently Research Associate of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme and part-time lecturer of Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University; deputy chief editor of Annals of Chinese Opera, Anthology of Chinese Opera Music, Anthology of Chinese Narrative Sing and Anthology of Chinese Folk and Ethnic Instrumental Music: The Hong Kong Volume.