Bamboo Theatre, the first film presented by the Xiqu Centre, will make a triumphant return to the Xiqu screen. Directed by Cheuk Cheung, the documentary is a love letter to the long-standing Hong Kong tradition of bamboo theatre, and takes an intimate look at the people dedicated to keeping this legacy alive in the modern age.
While permanent theatres are commonly built in most cosmopolitan modern cites, Hong Kong preserves a unique theatrical architecture, a Chinese tradition that has lasted more than a century – Bamboo Theatre.
It is a makeshift, open-air and bamboo shed theatre, which is built and fixed by plastic straps, without any heavy-duty materials. During festivities in the villages, they will invite Chinese opera troupes to perform ritualistic opera in the temporary theatre constructed in front of the temple, in order to express their gratitude to the Chinese gods they worship. Spirits and gods were the primary audiences. This film follows ritual practices in various villages and remote islands of Hong Kong for two years. It is the portrait of this traditional cultural space, its way of building and dismantling, also the collaborative work of troupes’ performers, stage managers and wardrobe, etc. It allows audience to observe multiple corners of the space, and the variety of ways in which people make use of it.
The film has been shown at various international film festivals, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and Best New Director at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards. It was also recognised as a “Film of Merit” by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and “Special Mention Award” by the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild.
Director: Cheuk Cheung
Presented by: Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District
Documentary｜2019｜Colour｜76min｜DCP｜Chinese and English subtitles
Date and Time:
13 March 2021 (Saturday) 7:30pm
14 March 2021 (Sunday) 3:30pm
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre
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