2010-02-13 – Hong Kong Cantonese Opera
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Hong Kong Cantonese Opera
Cantonese opera has seen a switch in players. Historically Chinese opera was performed by men regardless of character. This started to change in 1930’s as culture started to change from a society where men where only seen. Today many of the opera companies have far more women than men. There is an interesting link below from BBC with a young lady who plays a male role.
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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