The Encounter on the Enchanted River Lok

Wong Chiu-Kwan & Anthony Cheung

The accomplished poet Tso Chik ( Cao Zhi 曹植192 – 232) was the favourite son of Tso Tso (Cao Cao) who was the King of Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China.

This song depicts his unexpected encounter with his deceased lover Yuen Ching in a dream-like scene over the River Lok which he is going to cross on being exiled by his older brother. Yuen Ching has been forced to marry Tso Chik’s older brother, but she jumps into the river to escape from a loveless marriage. As Tso Chik begs Yuen Ching to stay with him, he wakes up and realises that the encounter has happened only in a dream.

Musically, look for the section of naam yum sung at various tempos. See how the singer expresses his emotions through the mastery of different tempos.
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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