Zhu Bian Returns to Court:

Wong Chiu-Kwan & Anthony Cheung

Song Dynasty official Zhu Bian is sent as an emissary to the Jin Nation . To win his loyalty to Jin, the King offers him a position which he turns down a and is consequently banished to a cold mountainous area to look after horses instead. Feifeng, the adopted daughter and princess of the King, admires Zhu Bian’s talents and sympathizes with hm. Just when a love story is about to develop, Zhu Bian realizes the true intention of the Jin King, and bids farewell to the princess who helps him get away. “Farewell” is a moving song which brings out the theme of this love story.
Wong Chiu-Kwan |
  王超群, M.H.

In the mid-1960s, Wong Chiu-Kwan learned the art of acting from Master Tam San-San, who excelled in playing the role of the female lead in Cantonese opera. She studied “cheung hong” from Master Lau Wing-Chuen. In the 1980s she performed throughout South East Asia, and became a leading female artist in Cantonese opera after she returned to Hong Kong in the nineties. She is famous for playing female military roles, especially as the general on bound feet. Over the years she has partnered with many leading male artists, including Man Chi- Sui, Yuen Siu-Fai, Lo Ka-Ying, Ng Chin-Fung, Lung Kwun-Tin, Lee Lung, among others in forming various Cantonese Opera Troupes.

Apart from being famous for her mastery of the art of performing on bound feet, she is also recognized for her contributions in promoting Cantonese opera education and community work. In 2010 she was honoured as The Artist of the Year (Opera) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and awarded a certificate by the Home Affairs Bureau; in 2018 she was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Cantonese Opera Rookies’ Performance Series hosted by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.

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