In Response to times, a call to Peers to Participate

2013-01-12 (All day) - 2013-01-13 (All day)

In Response to times, a call to Peers to Participate

When: 12-13 Jan, 2013, Sat - Sun
Where: Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

In Response to times, a call to Peers to Participate

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回应时代,呼喊同行-2013纪念任剑辉女士百年诞辰粤剧艺术国际研讨会

With the addition of Cantonese opera to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009,  the study of Cantonese opera has developed at a rapid pace and diversified directions. Research on individual opera artists is especially noteworthy. Many works have been published, especially on the study of Madam Yam Kim Fai. It is not an exaggeration to state that amongst all the opera artists, Madam Yam Kim Fai (1913-1989) has enjoyed a pride of place, as she has left us a beautiful and fascinating page in the history of Cantonese opera. The organization of the 2013 International Seminar on Cantonese Opera in Memory of the Centenary of Madam Yam Kim Fai (1913-1989) is therefore a response to times and a call to peers to participate.

In recent years, many lovers of  Cantonese opera are tirelessly engaged in the promotion and popularization of this traditional art by different means, such as collection of materials in relation to Cantonese opera, ascertaining of the artistic formula, and research on individual opera artists etc.  It is encouraging to see that all these endeavours are successful to a certain extent. It is also a strong proof that serious academic research and interchange of views is a significant way to promote Cantonese opera and to introduce this precious art form to the younger generation. The organization of the 2013 Seminar is an attempt to attain this goal.

 

Major Themes

Cross-dressing in Chinese theatres
Cantonese Opera and other traditional Chinese theatres
Yam Kim Fai as viewed from different disciplines (Literature, Comparative Drama, History, Philosophy, Study of Bibliography, Aesthetics, Sociology, Psychology)
The Performance Career of Yam Kim Fai
The Performing Art of Yam Kim Fai
The Singing Art of Yam Kim Fai
The Relationship between Yam Kim Fai and Cantonese Opera Movies
Yam Kim Fai and her co-actors (including hua-dan, wenwusheng,chousheng,wusheng, playwrights, directors, music compilers, musicians)
Yam Kim Fai and the Development of female wenwusheng in Cantonese Opera
The Position of Yam Kim Fai in the History of Cantonese Oper
The Promotion of Cantonese Opera in Schools
The Future of Cantonese Opera
Other Special Topics on Cantonese Opera

 

Keynote & Invited Speakers

Professor Lo Chin Tang Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Professor Colin Mackerras Emeritus Professor, Griffith University, Australia
Dr. Leung Pui Kam Former Lecturer, Chinese Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sir Guy Green Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Professor Chan Kwok Kou Dean, Faculty of Languages and Chair Professor of Chinese Literature, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Dr. Yung Sai Shing Associate Professor and Head, Department of Chinese, National University of Singapore
Dr. Yu Siu Wah Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Wong Siu Keung Professor, History Department, Soochow University, Taiwan
Dr. Chan Man Hung President, Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited
Dr. Cheng Wai Ming Head, Research Section, Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, University of Hong Kong

 

Add: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

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