2010-02-13 – Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Performers
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Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Performers
Cantonese opera is far more than just about singing. Everything detail is symbolic and adds to the story. The costumes will tell you the position in society. The hairstyle will tell you if they are married or single. The stage itself is very simple as the props are minimal but they are very visually stunning.
Hong Kong Chinese opera also called Cantonese Opera is over 300 years of local tradition. Today the art form is facing an aging audience that’s not being taken up by the youth. The art form is complex on many levels. The performances can last for hours and often held during certain local cultural such as the Yu Lan Ghost Festival held on seventh moon in the Chinese lunar calendar, on the 14th day. The opera is held in temporary bamboo theaters that are built specially for the show.
Cantonese opera is not the same as Beijing opera. Cantonese opera is story telling that can be a little hard on Western ears. There are lots of unique sounds with heavy percussion gongs and bangs that is often new to ones ear.
As a photographer I find the facial expressions and costumes to be well worth capturing. The singers have to learn four skills; singing, acting, speaking and martial arts as they are very much multi-talented performers.
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