PROGRESS TO DATE
The resounding success of the global Theme Song Contest, the live shows and workshops conducted in Vancouver and Toronto prompted the offer of a workshop hosted at the Chinese University of Hong Kong following the conclusion of the global contest. By popular demands, more workshops were offered and well attended in the following year. What started as a one-off series of celebrations in 2017 was so well received that the organizers decided to turn the program into an annual project to take place on both sides of the Pacific.
In 2018, besides offering workshops on Cantonese opera in Hong Kong and Vancouver, a recital was held at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver with PCHC-MoM Society as the co-presenter. As usual, their intercultural and intergenerational approach helped to bridge the cultural and generational gaps in the community, and made this heritage art form from South China more readily accessible to both young people as well as non-Cantonese speakers. Both workshops and the recital were well-attended.
In 2019, Macau joined in to become the 4th hosting city of MVOH. The Second Global Cantonese Opera Song-writing Contest launched in March was followed by workshops offered in Hong Kong, Macau, Vancouver and Toronto to very appreciative audiences. The workshop in Vancouver continued to be conducted in Cantonese and English to a culturally diverse audience. By the end of the year, over 30 entries were received from several countries for adjudication by the MVOH song-writing judges.
In 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the announcement of results of the song-writing contest was delayed, while the live performance scheduled to take place at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby (within Metro Vancouver) was cancelled. As the situation in Hong Kong improves, the organizers have decided to announce the results at an award presentation in late May. At the same time, a benefit concert will be kicked off and live streamed from Hong Kong over two days. It is to be presented in Montreal as part of their 25th annual festival called Festival Accès Asie.
Any other activities will be decided later, depending on the pandemic that has mandated social distancing, and limited the mobility of people across the Pacific and around the world.
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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