Talk and Demonstration: Cantonese Opera Costumes, Props and Masks

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Hall, Shaw Auditorium

The talk will focus on the variety and symbolism of costumes, masks and make-up of Cantonese opera, which correspond to the various roles of characters in this traditional art form of southern China. Common props used in classical Cantonese opera scenes will also be introduced. 





  • Free admission with registration. 


  • For HKUST members, Friends of HKUST, and invited guests only. 


  • Online registration is required; each registration admits one person regardless of age.


  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the show time. 


  • Age Limit: Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

         年齡限制: 6歲以下恕不招待

  • Except for exempted persons, all visitors entering the Main Hall of the Shaw Auditorium are required to comply with the latest directions under Cap.599F.

         除豁免人士外,進入逸夫演藝中心禮堂的人士須遵守法例第 599F 章的最新指示。

  • The organizer reserves the right in its sole discretion to make changes to the event program without prior notice. 



Speakers / Performers:
Prof. Chan Sau Yan

As one of the most outstanding scholars in Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, Prof Chan has researched and published incessantly in the field for the past 30 years. 


He was a faculty member in the Department of Music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1987 to 2007. He taught courses in Chinese opera, Cantonese opera, fieldwork methodology and Hong Kong music. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in cultural management at CUHK. His works include The Creative Legend of Tong Dik-seng  (2016), The Ups and Downs of Ritualistic Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong (co-authored with Cham Lai Suk-ching, 2018), The Purple Hairpin: An Annotated Libretto for Readers (co-authored with Cheung Kwan-hin and Ho Koon-wan, 2021) and The Flower Princess: An Annotated Libretto for Readers (co-authored with Cheung Kwan-hin, 2nd edition 2022). 

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