Posts Tagged ‘arts’

A Playwright for Our Time

A Playwright for Our Time

One of Hong Kong’s best known and most promising playwrights, Candace Chong Mui Ngam tells Varsity about her journey from exploring the dark recesses of the human psyche in her work, to putting Hong Kong’s most pressing social and political issues up on the stage.

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New Stars of Cantonese Opera

New Stars of Cantonese Opera

No longer considered a pastime for the elderly, Cantonese Opera is finding a new generation of devotees. Varsity meets the young Cantonese Opera performers who are spearheading the revival of a tradition that has been recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

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Playing with Shadows

Playing with Shadows

Chinese shadow play, involving intricately cut out puppets made from cow and donkey hide, are thought to have originated more than 2000 years ago during the Han dynasty. Varsity meets a Hong Kong shadow play master who is attempting to keep this ancient art alive by incorporating modern storylines, introducing modern characters and training a new generation of puppeteers.

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Born to Dance

Born to Dance

Jin Yao is Hong Kong’s leading ballerina. She was born into a dancing family and knew from an early age that she was destined to dance. Here, she tells Varsity about the gruelling and sometimes lonely life of a top dancer, and of what spurs her on.

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Street Performance Central in Mong Kok

Street Performance Central in Mong Kok

Mong Kok’s pedestrian street is known as a shopping paradise but it also an impromptu stage for a diverse bunch of performers after dark. Cantopop crooners, elderly moonwalking dancers and South American musicians can be found beside street theatre enthusiasts.

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