Fans are often used as props by Cantonese opera artists on stage. The different types and sizes reflect gender, social status or character, and the way they are held and manipulated can exaggerate an actor’s movements and express a range of emotions. 

In our free Atrium workshop, Cantonese opera artist Xie Xiaoyu, and facilitator Vivian Ng and Ava Yau, show you how to decorate a flat fan with an image of a Chinese opera character and demonstrate how fans are used by performers in dan (female) roles.

16 June 2019 (Sunday)

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Atrium, Xiqu Centre

Xie Xiaoyu, Vivian Ng, Ava Yau


Free admission. Tickets and registration not required.

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The workshop will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at/after 11am on the day of the event.

Ms Wong (852) 2200 0807,

About Tutors:

Xie Xiaoyu

Cantonese opera artist Xie Xiaoyu graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Opera. A specialist in the dan (lead female) role, Xie joined the Azure Seas Chinese Traditional Theatre in 2017. She is an experienced performer and is currently reading for a Master of Arts in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Vivian Ng

Vivian Ng graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong. During her studies she participated in a number of community-based art projects. She is active in creating murals, 3D paintings, sculptures, Chinese paintings and Google Tilt Brush artworks. In 2018, she represented EdUHK to perform Google Tilt Brush painting at the InSEA Asia Regional Congress, Hong Kong, and the 7th World Chinese Art Education Symposium, where she performed for art educators from over 25 countries and regions. Her work was recognised with the President’s Appreciation (Arts and Culture) Award in 2019.

Ava Yau

Ava Yau graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Education (Visual Art). She is currently a full-time painting tutor teaching oil painting, watercolour, colour pencil and pencil sketching.


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