The Song that Charms Marshall Chow

Ng Chin-Feng & Angela Keung

During the Three Kingdoms Period (early 3rd century), China was divided into three competing kingdoms of Wei, Shu and Wu. This famous song is about the story of Marshall Chow Yu (周瑜)who is the commander-in-chief of Wu. He is not just a military genius but also a great musician with a sharp ear. He is deeply in love with his beautiful wife Kiu Junior (小喬), the younger of the famous twin daughters of a nobleman. Theirs is a marriage made in heaven. However, Marshall Chow has fallen sick after being defeated by another genius who is the mastermind for the rival state Shu. In his convalescence, Kiu Junior tries to cheer him up by inviting him to play his zither to accompany her in song and dance. The lyrics describe the conflicting loyalty of love for their country and for their family.
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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