Established as a non- profit organization in 1987 in Toronto, the Lau Wing-Chuen Chinese Performing Arts Association promotes the understanding and appreciation of Cantonese opera. Over the decades, numerous concerts & performances involving both professionals and amateurs have been staged to benefit disadvantaged communities in Toronto. Their charitable works and community services have been recognized by the Toronto government, and highly appreciated by fans, especially among senior citizens.
Recent activities include the Wong Yue-Sang’s 100th Anniversary Lecture Series and Concert.
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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