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Second Xiqu Centre Seminar ‘Xiqu and City Life’ – Tickets on sale now!  
Chinese traditional theatre (or ‘Xiqu’) is a collective memory of Hong Kong people. Most of the grannies are able to hum a tune or two as Xiqu was a staple entertainment in their time, whereas the post 60’s generation grew up celebrating major Chinese festivals by watching ritual performance in the bamboo theatre. Every city has its unique sound and expression which influence the development of theatre production. Xiqu is a traditional local symbol with a long history but it remains a dynamic and vibrant art form in the contemporary cultural scene. No matter you are a Xiqu fanatic or a stranger to this traditional art form, have you ever thought of how Xiqu relate to and evolve in our city life?

After the very successful Xiqu Centre Seminar Series debut in June, we are presenting the second episode of the series where Cantonese opera fans will enjoy another in-depth and thought-provoking discussion on the role of city life in the development of Xiqu by renowned playwright Luo Huaizhen and veteran theatre art critic Cheung Ping-kuen.

No stranger to Xiqu lovers, Luo Haizhen, Vice-Chairman of the China Theatre Association, is China’s leading Kunqu playwright, who has focused on the modernisation of traditional repertoire and urbanisation of regional genres since 1980s. His creations span over 10 Xiqu genres and many of them have been widely translated and adapted around the world.

As Head of Liberal Arts Studies of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), Cheung Ping-kuen is a pioneer in the development of its Chinese Opera Programme. He is also a member of Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee of Home Affairs Bureau who has obtained his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Xiqu being one of his research interests.

Witnessing the development of Xiqu for decades, the two theatre heavyweights will share their experience in creating and promoting this traditional art in modern cities and explore its unique role in city life. Grab tickets now at HK Ticketing to meet these two inspiring figures in modern Chinese theatre history! For those of you who are not in Hong Kong, stay tuned on our Weibo for real time live tweets throughout the seminar.

Date: 2013.9.28 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30pm (90 minutes)
Venue: Recital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Ticket price: $80 (Senior citizens, full-time students, people with disabilities and their accompanying minder can enjoy 50% discount)

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