The new Cantonese opera, The Peregrinations of Confucius – presented in February as part of the Xiqu Centre opening season programme – is one of the few xiqu productions to deal with the life, work and thought of the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

In this talk, creator Woo Kwok-yin looks at new approaches to writing xiqu and shares insight into his creative process and his use of texts from the Analects, an anthology of sayings attributed to Confucius compiled over 2,000 years ago. Exploring how key Confucian ideas such as filial piety, benevolence and “the ideal man” can be reinterpreted in modern xiqu works, he also examines how the multidisciplinary art form of Cantonese opera can breathe new life and relevancy into classic texts.

24 January 2019 (Thursday)

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Woo Kwok-yin


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


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 2 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/after 3:30pm on the day of the event.

About Speaker:

Woo Kwok-yin

Woo Kwok-yin, also known as Ji Hun, is a prolific writer, educator and literature researcher based in Hong Kong. His writings have appeared in many anthologies in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas, as well as in local textbooks. In 1997, he was appointed Writer-in-Residence by the Hong Kong Provisional Urban Council. A former university guest lecturer, Woo is frequently invited to judge at literary awards, including the Youth Literature Award, the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature and the Award for Creative Writing in Chinese. In recent years, he has taken up writing Cantonese operas and classical-style Chinese poetry. He is the playwright of The Peregrinations of Confucius.

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