Dream of the Red Chamber is a very old story that everyone in Hong Kong may heard of. But it is the very first time that is present by an university in Hong Kong in the Xiqu Centre, a world-class performing arts venue. A full house audience of nearly one thousand members of the public is successfully achieved.
Inscribed onto UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on September 2009, Cantonese Opera is the first item of the world intangible cultural heritage in Hong Kong. It is a meaningful night to have this significant Hong Kong art in the celebration.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), the Cantonese Opera Concert on Dream of the Red Chamber is successfully presented at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District on 1st June.
The night was started with an opening ceremony at the Foyer of the Grand Theatre before the concert. Officiating at the Ceremony were the Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam, Deputy Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Silas Yang Siu-shun and President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong. It is the very first time to have an university in Hong Kong to hold a Cantonese Opera Concert at the Xiqu Centre, a world-class performing arts venue. It is a honor to OUHK and the concert also provide a valuable opportunity for the audience to share the mission in providing quality education and the passion in promotion Chinese culture. This concert has successfully raised over HK$5 million for the long-term development of the OUHK.
The evening was kicked off by showing "A Glimpse at the Red Chamber', a video-recorded dialogue with insights share by Prof. Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung and Prof. Liu Zaifu. The fresh graduates of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts then presented a dance performance "Daiyu Joins the Jia Family".
The five classic Cantonese opera excerpts are "Daiyu Buries Falling Flowers", "Qingwen Mends the Peacock Cloak", "Burning her Verses, Daiyu Passes Away", "Baoyu Regrets His Marriage" and "Everlasting Regret at the Land of Illusion". Performed by the Cantonese opera virtuosos and some young artists, the love story was perfectly interpreted on the stage.