Cantonese Opera: Keeping Tradition Alive

posted May 6, 2015 in Hong Kong by Annemarie Butkiewicz.


Bright pink eyes painted over a stark white face peer at you over a baby blue silk robe, elegantly draped over a person reading a manuscript. More than a dozen performers get ready backstage for a Cantonese Opera performance, a traditional art form in southern China. During the Mainland Chinese Cultural Revolution, Opera Masters escaped to Hong Kong and Macau to preserve the tradition. Today, different organizations are working to keep the art form alive.