During the early decades of the 20th century, Cantonese opera went through a drastic evolution. Inspired by the modernisation of Peking opera carried out by maestro Mei Lan-fang (1894–1961), Cantonese opera artists began to emulate the makeup and dressing processes of Peking opera and to incorporate the cosmetics used in Western film. Using photographic illustrations, emerging Cantonese opera actor, producer and educator Paris Wong introduces the face-painting process of the leading female and male roles and illustrates how different patterns symbolise different character types. He also demonstrates the fitting of wigs, hairpins and headgear and the dressing process for operatic costumes, and explains how costumes contribute to the portrayal of different personages within an opera.

13 November 2018 (Tuesday)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Space, 2/F, D2 Place ONE
(9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon - 1 minute walk from Lai Chi Kok MTR station exit D2)

Paris Wong, Cantonese Opera Artist


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872, learning@wkcda.hk

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 talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at 3pm and onwards.

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About Speaker:

Paris Wong

Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Chinese Opera from the School of Chinese Opera at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he specialised in the dan (lead female) role. Paris Wong works as a producer for Cantonese opera and founded the Pine Moon Cantonese Cultural Arts Centre in 2007 in promoting education programmes in the art. He also hosts and performs in a number of regular Cantonese opera music programmes. Champion of the Open Group section of the Hong Kong Schools Cantonese Operatic Songs Competition, he represented Hong Kong in the first Hou Baolin Cup China National Youth & Teenage QuYi Competition Singing Contest where he was recognised with The Judge’s Special Award.

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