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Backstage

Presented by JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power and performed by Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop, Backstage is a theatrical play that takes place backstage with an opera troupe. The two protagonists, a veteran Cantonese opera producer and a young journalist, represent two generations of people who differ in age and cultural background. Backstage strengthens the audience’s understanding of the vibrant, diverse elements of the art in an easy-to-understand way, combined with the format of a modern play. Viewers will be introduced to exquisite costumes, colourful make-up, elegant body movements, spectacular martial-arts routines, one-of-a-kind Chinese musical performances and peerless singing skills. (Check out the interview with Barbara Tang, executive director of Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop, by Ernest Wan.) Dates October 24, 7.30 pm October 25, 3 pm Tickets $200 / $160 (Enjoy up to 30% exclusive discount, apply code NAPJENG30 at URBTIX) . Venue Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Auditorium 77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon Web  

Backstage

By Ernest Wan All eyes in Hong Kong’s performing-arts world are currently on the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District, which is slated to open at the end of this year. The building is officially described as “a centre for the production, education and research” of xiqu, the Putonghua word for what has conventionally and conveniently been known as “Chinese opera”. Accordingly, since last year West Kowloon has been presenting a number of talks that seek to increase people’s understanding of this art form. However, every year since 2014 a local performing group has been educating the public on Cantonese opera — the genre of xiqu found in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China’s Guangdong and Guangxi provinces — in a much more adventurous fashion: in the form of contemporary drama, in English, and mostly in other parts of the world. According to Barbara Tang, executive director of Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop, the idea of the theatrical work came from the inadequacy of talks on the subject. “For many years I have …