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 Xiaoyu, 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 Xiaoyu 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.

6 April 2019 (Saturday)


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

Xie Xiaoyu, Cantonese Opera Artist


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 10:30am on the day of the event.

About Speaker:

Xie Xiaoyu

Xie Xiaoyu graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Opera. A specialist in the dan 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.

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