HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 73

Academy Performances
The Cantonese Opera Programme (full-time) held two
evenings of public performance at the Academy Drama
Theatre on 19 & 20 December 2008. In the two evening
performances, the following repertories and excerpts were
Ping Gui’s Return
, ‘Stealing Immortal Herbs’
The Legend of the White Snake, The Haunting of
Zhang San-lang, Zhang Fei and Ma Chao, Reunion with
Wife at West River,
Death in the Shrine
. Students’
specialties in playing different roles and conventions
were refined.
In the second semester, a full-length Cantonese Opera
Qing Feng Pavilion
and four excerpts including
Han Qi
Assassinatingat Temple, TheDrunken Imperial Concubine
‘The Reunion of Sword and Hairpin’ from
Purple Hairpin
Monkey King Borrowing the Fan
were performed on
22 and 23 May 2009 respectively at the Academy Drama
Theatre. The martial arts performance in some excerpts
was very well received by public audience.
Performance Tours and Cultural Exchange
In order to widen their exposure to other forms of
Chinese Traditional Theatre, two full-time students from
the Programme, Huang Hanqin and Ruan Dewen were
selected to join a study tour with the Shao Opera Troupe
of Zhejiang from 22 to 31 December 2008. During the
ten-day study trip, they received training from the Shao
Opera master, Liu Jianyang and learnt the ‘monkey-play’
techniques in the excerpt ‘Borrowing the Fan’ from
Journey to the West
Outreach Activities
The purpose of extending performances outside the
Academy is to provide more opportunities for students
to accumulate public performing experience and to
broaden the audience base of Academy productions in
the community.
To promote greater appreciation and nurture youngsters’
interest in Cantonese Opera, the Cantonese Opera
programme supported five promotional performances
under the School Culture Day Scheme organised by
the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The
performances reached over 3,000 school-aged students.
The programme also regularly introduced Cantonese
Opera to students of Hong Kong primary and secondary
schools through specially designed outreach activities.
This year, the programme delivered four demonstration
sessions to primary and secondary school students on
3 and 4 March as a part of the Academy’s Outreach
Programme to The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Each
session included a 10-minute Cantonese Opera excerpt
performance, a demonstration of operatic singing, acting,
speech and movement with audience involvement and
an explanation of Cantonese Opera conventions in
costumes and make-up.
Music Accompaniment Major Student
(photo by Cheung Chi-wai)
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