Cantonese opera
Global Traces, Local Stages
Chinese Opera 
9-11, 15-17 Mar 2019
Cantonese opera
Global Traces, Local Stages
Chinese Opera 
9-11, 15-17 Mar 2019
Cantonese opera
Global Traces, Local Stages
Chinese Opera 
9-11, 15-17 Mar 2019
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Cantonese Opera
Global Traces, Local Stages

Cuba’s legendary “Havana Divas” (Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong Gutierrez) will share the stage with Cantonese opera veterans from Malaysia, Choy Yim-heong and Danny Li from Hong Kong to showcase their lives’ work. Popular repertoires of Yam Bak and Pak Yuk-tong will also be re-staged at the Festival, under the artistic direction of Cantonese opera veterans Danny Li and Law Kar-ying.
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Cuba’s legendary “Havana Divas” (Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong Gutierrez) will share the stage with Cantonese opera veterans from Malaysia, Choy Yim-heong and Danny Li from Hong Kong to showcase their lives’ work. Popular repertoires of Yam Bak and Pak Yuk-tong will also be re-staged at the Festival, under the artistic direction of Cantonese opera veterans Danny Li and Law Kar-ying.
A nostalgic journey
Timeless and boundless

Huge audiences flocked to view Cantonese operas across Southeast Asia in the 1950s and 1960s. The artform's popularity spread even to Cuba, where the legendary "Havana Divas" Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong Guitierrez staged their home-grown shows. 

In A Long Passion, these extraordinary Cuban stars of yesteryear, will share the stage with documentary photographer Lau Pok-chi to recount their journey spreading the operatic arts in the Carribbean. Malaysian "diva" Choy Yim-heong joins the programme to share her life's work in the martial arts-informed southern school of Cantonese opera, while Hong Kong veteran Cantonese opera specialist Danny Li will introduce the art form's development in New York and San Francisco during the 1970s and 1980s. Through their stories, performance excerpts and film clips, audience will catch a glimpse of the enduring treasures of Cantonese opera from its 20th century golden age. 

Li and renowned Cantonese Opera performer Law Kar-ying will serve as artistic directors on full-length works and highlight excerpts from popular repertoires of Yam Pak and Pak Yuk-tong that toured overseas during the mid-20th century.
Artistic Directors
Danny Li
Law Kar-ying

Percussion Leader
Ko Yun-kuen

Ensemble Leader
Ko Yun-hung

Produced by
Art of Cantonese Association

9 March (Sat) 7:30pm
Red Cherries and a Broken Heart
Written by Tong Tik-sang

10 March (Sun) 2:30pm
Vignettes of Pak Yuk-tong’s “Three Big Trials”
(excerpts from Trial of the Younger Brother from The Young Brother’s Bloody Remorse at the Ancestral Temple, The Final Trial from Three Trials for Yu Tang Chun, Saving Prince Tsz Wan from Uproar in the Kaifeng Prefectural Magistrate’s House)

11 March (Mon) 7:30pm
Why Don’t You Return?
Written by Fung Chi-fen

Performed in Cantonese with Chinese surtitles and English scene synopses
Approx 3 hrs 15 mins incl an interval for each performance

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15-17 Mar (Fri-Sun) 7:30pm
A Long Passion – Talk, Demonstration and Performance

By Lau Pok-chi (Cuba), Caridad Amaran (Cuba), Georgina Wong Gutierrez (Cuba), Choy Yim-heong (Malaysia), Danny Li (Hong Kong)

Demonstration: Cheng Wing-mui (Hong Kong)

Conducted in Cantonese
Approx 2 hrs 15 mins incl one interval
Southern School of Cantonese Opera Workshop with Choy Yim-heong

Date: 12 Mar 2019(Tue)
Time: 2:15 – 5:15pm
Venue: Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre

In Mandarin

By invitation only
Introduction
A nostalgic journey
Timeless and boundless

Huge audiences flocked to view Cantonese operas across Southeast Asia in the 1950s and 1960s. The artform's popularity spread even to Cuba, where the legendary "Havana Divas" Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong Guitierrez staged their home-grown shows. 

In A Long Passion, these extraordinary Cuban stars of yesteryear, will share the stage with documentary photographer Lau Pok-chi to recount their journey spreading the operatic arts in the Carribbean. Malaysian "diva" Choy Yim-heong joins the programme to share her life's work in the martial arts-informed southern school of Cantonese opera, while Hong Kong veteran Cantonese opera specialist Danny Li will introduce the art form's development in New York and San Francisco during the 1970s and 1980s. Through their stories, performance excerpts and film clips, audience will catch a glimpse of the enduring treasures of Cantonese opera from its 20th century golden age. 

Li and renowned Cantonese Opera performer Law Kar-ying will serve as artistic directors on full-length works and highlight excerpts from popular repertoires of Yam Pak and Pak Yuk-tong that toured overseas during the mid-20th century.
Programme & Cast
Artistic Directors
Danny Li
Law Kar-ying

Percussion Leader
Ko Yun-kuen

Ensemble Leader
Ko Yun-hung

Produced by
Art of Cantonese Association

9 March (Sat) 7:30pm
Red Cherries and a Broken Heart
Written by Tong Tik-sang

10 March (Sun) 2:30pm
Vignettes of Pak Yuk-tong’s “Three Big Trials”
(excerpts from Trial of the Younger Brother from The Young Brother’s Bloody Remorse at the Ancestral Temple, The Final Trial from Three Trials for Yu Tang Chun, Saving Prince Tsz Wan from Uproar in the Kaifeng Prefectural Magistrate’s House)

11 March (Mon) 7:30pm
Why Don’t You Return?
Written by Fung Chi-fen

Performed in Cantonese with Chinese surtitles and English scene synopses
Approx 3 hrs 15 mins incl an interval for each performance

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15-17 Mar (Fri-Sun) 7:30pm
A Long Passion – Talk, Demonstration and Performance

By Lau Pok-chi (Cuba), Caridad Amaran (Cuba), Georgina Wong Gutierrez (Cuba), Choy Yim-heong (Malaysia), Danny Li (Hong Kong)

Demonstration: Cheng Wing-mui (Hong Kong)

Conducted in Cantonese
Approx 2 hrs 15 mins incl one interval
Plus
Southern School of Cantonese Opera Workshop with Choy Yim-heong

Date: 12 Mar 2019(Tue)
Time: 2:15 – 5:15pm
Venue: Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre

In Mandarin

By invitation only