One of the oldest forms of xiqu performed today, Kunqu has had a major influence on Chinese literature and other forms of stage performance, music and dance. It has also incorporated influences from a number of literary sources, including traditional novels, such as Journey to the West and Water Margin, and classical forms of poetry and song.

In this talk, Chinese opera scholar Chan Chun-miu looks at some of the literary texts used in Kunqu, and shares insight into Kunqu influence on xiqu songs and performance.

30 April 2019 (Tuesday)

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Seminar Hall & Studio 5, 2/F, Xiqu Centre
(The talk at Seminar Hall will be transmitted to Studio 5.)

Dr Chan Chun-miu


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


Ms Chan (852) 2200 0812,

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 4 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:

Dr Chan Chun-miu

Local Chinese opera scholar Chan Chun-miu obtained a PhD degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and masters degrees from Hong Kong University and Soochow University (China). He has taught at City University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University. His research and teaching areas cover Chinese opera and Chinese classical literature. He has published a number of academic journals and was the recipient of the Wang Guowei traditional opera essay prize. In addition to his academic work, he has studied Kunqu singing under professionals such as Koo Siu-sun, Cheung Lai-chun and Zhou Qin.

As vice president of the Concordia Kunqu Society of Hong Kong, Chan has given talks and lectures on Kunqu at universities in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and at various music societies and cultural institutions. He has also participated in performances as a singer (performing Kunqu, Qin songs and Songqi) in Hong Kong, China and the USA, and has released two recordings of his work.


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