Tea Time Weekend Talks
Talk Series by Hoyingfung
Aesthetics of the Legend Lin Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Heritage and Innovation of All-Female Yueju

Tea Time Weekend Talks

These informative and entertaining talks serve as a starting point for bringing the arts into our daily lives and activities. The series features six guest speakers from different fields who share their views on arts and culture, and engage in discussions with audience members.

Topic: Meditate, Listen, and Love
Speaker: Su Hei (Spiritual therapist and writer)
17/9 (Sat)
Beginning with relaxation of the heart, meditation and sounds, Su Hei shares her route to contemplation and serenity through the "sound frequency for self-healing" method. She will also demonstrate ancient musical instruments used for meditation, including the Shakuhachi, bronze chime and therapeutic tuning fork, which open up the self and help to uncover the light within.

Topic: Shanghai: The Place, Its Culture and Yueju
Speaker: Ken Li (Writer & DJ)
18/9 (Sun)
Different regions of China enjoy theatre in different ways, particularly those living north of the Yangtze and those in the south. For example, there is a notable contrast in the style and ambiance of Yueju of Shanghai and Cantonese Opera of Guangdong. Reference to Yueju then leads on to the history, culture and arts of Shanghai, and other topics such as tourism, food, and the local customs which form the fabric of everyday life.

Topic: Legends Told on Water – The Water Puppets of Vietnam (In Putonghua)
(Updated 6-9-2011)
Speaker: Robin Erik Ruizendaal (Asian puppetry expert)
24/9 (Sat)
Imagine watching a puppet show performed on water in the evening in rural Vietnam, accompanied by delightful music. This event provides an introduction to the unique Asian art form of water puppetry.

Topic: The Link Between Taiko no Tatsujin and Japanese traditional culture
(Updated 6-9-2011)
Speaker: Anthony Ip (Japanese culture specialist)
25/9 (Sun)
Japan's pop culture and associated products are often "re-creations", inspired by the country's traditional culture. Here, the video game Taiko no Tatsujin will be used to illustrate how the two become fused into one and to discuss how young people's interest in their heritage can be sustained in Japan amid globalization.

Topic: The Destiny of the Fire Dragon – Entertainment, Tai Hang and Local Neighbourhood Drama
Speaker: Poon Wai-sum (Artistic Director of Prospects Theatre Company)
1/10 (Sat)
In Wong Wing-sze's Our Best of Youth in Cambrian, there is an electrifying scene in which the characters undergo a revelatory experience about life in tandem with the Tai Hang fire dragon dance. In this talk, dramatist Poon Wai-sum famous for his original perspective takes the destiny of the fire dragon as a starting point to analyse play-writing in Hong Kong.

Topic: The 'Model' Concept in Contemporary Chinese Culture and Art
Speaker: Liu Wai-tong (Writer and poet)
2/10 (Sun)
The time when Chinese people watched only eight "model plays" is long gone, but the idea of establishing models and prescribing standards still exists among contemporary literary writers and promoters. This discussion looks at how the phenomenon takes shape in literary trends and works, and evaluates its advantages and disadvantages.

17.9 – 2.10 (consecutive Saturdays & Sundays) 3:30-5pm
OVOlogue, G/F, 60-66 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(Former Woo Chong Pawn Shop, opposite to Southorn Playground)

Tea and light snacks provided
In Cantonese(Talk on 24.9 in Putonghua)
Advance booking required. Telephone reservations on a first-come-first-served basis.

Reservations & enquiries
2370 1044
From 12 August onwards



Talk Series by Hoyingfung

World Cultures Festival 2011 - Enchanting Arts of Asia

Curated and Organised by: Ho Bit Goon
Co-organised by: International Association of Theatre Critics (HK) (IATC)
Host: Hoyingfung (Conducted in Cantonese)
Location: Café Golden in Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
Address: Room 5, 1/F, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong
(Programme Details in Chinese Only)

1. A Cultural Adventure: From France, India and back to Hong Kong
Guest Speakers: Professor Leung Ping-kwan and Tang Shu-wing
Date: 22.10 (Sat)
Time: 4 - 6pm

2. The traces of living through arts
Guest Speakers: Pun Wai-sum, Wong Wing-sze and Ma Choi-wo
Date: 23.10 (Sun)
Time: 3 - 5:30pm

3. Performances: from concert hall back to the streets
Guest Speakers: Chen Kwok-ping and Kung Chi-sing, John
Date: 30.10 (Sun)
Time: 3 - 5pm

4. Nourishing the Creative Life in Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Guest Speakers: Cheung Kwok-wing, Leo and Tsang Man-tung, Kelvin
Date: 5.11 (Sat)
Time: 3 - 5pm

5. Impact of Festivals to Asian Arts in the Next Decade
Guest Speakers: Tang Siu-wa, Chan Kwok-wai, Bernice and Yip Cheuk-tong
Date: 6.11 (Sun)
Time: 3 - 5:30pm

6. Extraordinary tales behind Performing Arts
Guest Speakers: Yu Kwok-lit, Louis, Chow Wai-sum, Winsome and Yeung Chun-kong, Daniel
Date: 13.11 (Sun)
Time: 3 - 5:30pm

7. Sweet and Sour Dream - My Life as an actor/theatre maker
Guest Speaker: Chan Chu-hei, Chan Suk-yee and Ho Wai-lung
Date: 19.11 (Sat)
Time: 2 - 4:30pm

For details (in Chinese only), please click here.

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Talk - Aesthetics of the Legend Lin Dance Theatre of Taiwan

With a reduction in speed, space opens up for soul searching and emotions. The uniquely slow and meditative aesthetic of the Legend Lin Dance Theatre of Taiwan pays homage from the heart to all things on Earth. Using a body language that appears to be "moving as if not moving, not moving as if moving", the group's work is powerful yet delicate, traditional yet avant-garde. This talk looks at the 15-year history of the Legend Lin Dance Theatre and its artistic beliefs through costumes, props and other objects, vividly illustrating the dance group's distinctive approach, now esteemed in a similar way to traditional rituals and rooted in Taiwanese native culture.

Moderator: Aaron Wan
Chen Nien-chou (Producer)
Lin Lee-chen (Artistic Director)

1.11 (Tue) 8 - 9:30pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Administration Building
Level 4 AC2

In Putonghua
Free admission
Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis

Talk - Heritage and Innovation of All-Female Yueju

Yue Opera's melodious vocal style carries the refined air characteristic of the Jiangnan region. Founded in 1955, Shanghai Yueju Opera House ranks among China's most renowned in this field. The troupe has created and adapted more than 400 costume dramas, classics and contemporary works, including "Yue treasures" such as The Butterfly Lovers, and Xiang Lin's Wife. Speakers of this talk will share their views on the development of all-female Yueju.

Speaker: Li Li (Director, Shanghai Yueju Opera House)
Host: Cheng Pei-kai (Director and Professor, Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong)

16.11 (Wed) 7:30 - 9pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Backstage
Level 8 GR2

Free admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
In Putonghua