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The Past is Continuing – Drinking in Ranges, Feasting on Peaks

The Past is Continuing – The Eternal Phoenix

Double Vision – Midnight Mountaineering


Say Hello to Hello

Remaster vs Appropriating the Classics

All About Poetry – Southern District Literature Day


Uncertainty Principle

Fine Art Asia 2013

Taehwa River Eco Art Festival 2013


"Black Market" Flash Art Exhibition

Philosopher's (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold into Plastic

OSAGE Pop-Up Art Market


Scalable Strategies

Space@West Kowloon - Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial

In the Arms of Void

Wearable Exhibition - Bring Art Everywhere


Paper Tales Exhibition

Fine Art Asia 2011

LANDSCAPES - Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

Dreaming Everywhere

Love the Future

Bittersweet - A Mixed Media Solo Exhibition

Primitive Contemporary III series -
    Primitive Craftsmanship ‧ Contemporary Sculpture

Seven Bamboo "Song Bags"


"Green X’mas@CDAV" Community Art Program

Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement

Eastern District Arts Festival - Eastern Art Bus

Wongok-dong Recipe, Litmus, South Korea

The Layman Life Exhibition

Food Art Festival "Savor Art !" Exhibition

See-Through - From Hollywood to Shanghai
    Hok-Shing Grocery - A Century-old Shop

    (Used Goods  Collection and Exchange Project)

Urban Ark (Theatre Installation)


CUHK The Fourth Chung Chi Christian Festival

Heritage X Arts X Design

The Missing Parts

Poetic Scene


Hiking Arte - Travelling in Imaginary Landscape

Reborn - The Silk Road Arts Exhibition


Art on the Road


Reversed Reality - Worksound, Portland, USA

Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV

Master Mind 2008

Art Container Project

Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV Launching Exhibition


Paradigm Shift

Order - Recordation of Personal Action


"Away" Group Exhibition of Hong Kong Contemporary

     Visual Artists

In-Between Meals


Bodily Life

The Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre Diploma in Fine

    Arts Graduation Show


The Eternal Phoenix – A Tribute to the Sin Fung Ming Cantonese Opera Troupe Series











Classics and Re-emergence

     In another corner backstage, we see dramatist and librettist Mr. Tong Tik-sang sitting with artists Hanison Lau Hok-shing and Koon Wai-bong in a group discussing a script. I know Hanison has always liked reading Mr. Tong’s plays. He once said the script is an amazing code for understanding the culture and tradition of Cantonese Opera.

     The scholarly Mr. Tong is expounding on the play to be performed tonight. “Princess Cheung Ping is the work of Qing Dynasty poet Huang Yunshan. It tells the story of the reunion of Princess Changping and her husband Zhou Shixian. The fate of Princess Changping is a hundred times more tragic than that of Anastasia as portrayed by Ingrid Bergman….. I hope to adapt an ancient classic to a Cantonese Opera to bring literature closer to our audience.” Mr. Tong strives to infuse the intricacies and exquisiteness of Yuan Dynasty qu and Ming and Qing Dynasty chuanqi into Cantonese Opera to bring the latter into the realm of literary appreciation. I’ve read his plays. They are splendid in diction, rich in emotion, and deeply moving in their artistic conception.

     Hanison has a liking for Chinese history and literature and Chinese opera from an early age. He says to Mr. Tong in reply, “The ancients used their sensitivities to observe things around them, and turned images into beautiful language. Whereas I as a contemporary transform once more by turning what is in black and white into three-dimensional visual images.”

     Koon adds, “Inheriting and passing on past tradition is also crucial for my artistic creation. Through the re-construction and re-interpretation of classics, together with fusion with contemporary elements, tradition can get a brand new interpretation.”

     Mr. Tong agrees, “The birth of something new does not mean the old has died. For instance, traditional Yuan Dynasty qu or Song and Yuan Dynasties zaju all have their distinctive themes and contents. Although they can be adapted to new plays that are moving and popular with audiences while retaining their classical origins, it takes a long process of constant amendments through performing on stage for them to be really successful.”

     Both Hanison and Koon hope to use Mr. Tong’s classics as the starting point, and show the artistic conception of Cantonese Opera text through sculpture and Chinese painting to make more room for the imagination. The re-construction of tradition has never been easy. By transporting the audience back into history and at the same time taking a new perspective, we can be freed from the past and look into the future.



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