So I noticed the last few days I had begun falling into a general malaise and complacent attitude. Hong Kong is a place with many masks, one of those being Sin City. It is so easy to just fall into the trap of lkf, alcohol, cigarettes and worse still.
So today I decided to pick myself up and drag my ass off the couch. I want to see things I have never seen before. So I’ve decided to create a ‘Hong Kong To Do List’. I have not yet created it so be patient, but my first to do item is to watch some/learn about Cantonese Opera.
(Guys help me out: Leave suggestions in the comments section – be patient though the comments might take a day to appear.
Also, keep me honest, if I’m not progressing, then please remind my sorry ass!)
A quick google search led me to Yau Ma Tei Theatre. This heritage-listed building was built in the 1930’s and hasn’t always continuously been a theatre but is now going strong. It is the home of Southern China’s visually vibrant Cantonese Opera.
It is sort of funny because I have grown up with this music style – almost always only annoyingly in the background though. I never really took an active interest in it. The clown that I am, was always imitating it, but it is not something that you like naturally I don’t think. Actually, to the untrained ear, it is downright terrible.
I remember back in high school, I used to know a guy named Dave, he was one of those talented musicians, but he was also a bit of a stuck up prick. He would openly criticise Cantonese Opera with a holier than thou tone. I’m glad to report, he currently works in a sales call centre.
As I’ve gotten older though, I must admit I have found myself sitting next to my mum as she watches her old videos of Canto Opera at home, I would go as far to say that I have started enjoying the experience.
Getting to the Theatre was quite straight forward. Take the MTR to Yau Ma Tei station and take exit B2. Look diagonally across the road in a westerly direction and there it is. But be warned, there isn’t always a show on every night, so check the website beforehand if you do decide to check it out.
I attended the ‘Experience CantOpera’ show which provided a brief introduction to this unique artform followed by a highly dumbed down show performed superbly by real Canto Opera actors. It was actually very fascinating experience and I do believe I am better for it!
Now, check out some bad pics: