I've been learning about Cantonese Opera / 粵劇 since I moved to Hong Kong. Of all the artistic endeavors that are unique to this Region, none seem to evoke such a strong opinion. Often overshadowed by its aristocratic Beijing cousin or the "Grande Dame" Kunqu 崑曲, Cantonese Opera with its fantastical makeup and acrobatics can seem to some garish and unrefined. Yet what is less controversial about is its importance to Cantonese Society. It is the glue that connects the past to modern life. It does this through festivals, in theatres performances, on late night television and over the crackle of an old speaker during a lonely late-night taxi ride through Wan Chai. The lamentations of the Faa Daan / 花旦 (young female character) and the fierce roar of the Mou Sang / 武生 (warrior) are, I'm told, the auditory heart and soul of Guangdong.
The Ko Shan Theatre and the New Wing Cantonese Opera Education and Information Centre remains one of this City's premier Cantonese Opera performance spaces. Come along with Sacred Spaces on Saturday afternoon for a FREE English tour of the Ko Shan Theatre and the Centre. You'll surely learn a lot about Cantonese Opera and who knows, you might even (heaven forbid) catch the Opera Bug!
There are several buses that stop along both Chatham and Ko Shan Roads running parallel to the Ko Shan Theatre. Please check specific bus schedules for details: 5, 5A, 5P, 11, 14, 26, 28, 93K, 101, 107, 108, 111, 116, A22 and 28MS. We'll meet at the park directly in front of the theatre. I'll send along a photo of the spot in the days ahead.
-Photo from the Ko Shan Website.