The technical demands of Cantonese opera require that performers achieve expert skills in five different stage arts: singing, acting, recital, martial arts and dance. This talk, by experienced Cantonese opera researcher and performer Xie Xiao-yu, looks specifically at the skills collectively known as stage movement – acting, martial arts and dance – and examines the formulaic gestures used to convey meaning through the body and through facial expressions. Using videos and live demonstrations, Xie Xiao-yu explores the use of stage movement patterns and the specific movements used in different roles, and looks at how acting, martial arts and dancing are combined to convey the unfolding of plot.

23 October 2018 (Tuesday)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Room UR8, CityU SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre
(8/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty - 3 minutes walk from Admiralty MTR station exit D)

Xie Xiao-yu, Cantonese Opera Artist


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.

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.

About Speaker:

Xie Xiao-yu

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, she specialised in the dan (lead female) role. Xie Xiao-yu joined the Azure Seas Chinese Traditional Theatre in 2017. Her broad perspective on Cantonese opera is enhanced by her rich performance experience. She is currently a student of Master of Arts in Department of Cultural and Religious Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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