Choreographer and director Carolyn Choa studied drama at Hull University and attended the London Contemporary Dance School. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

How Hong Kong choreographer turned a Japanese novel into an English opera

  • Carolyn Choa’s adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1964 tale Beauty and Sadness will premier in Hong Kong next month
  • Renowned director David Pountney and Oscar-winning set designer Tim Yip are among the international collaborators
Topic |   Performing arts in Hong Kong

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Choreographer and director Carolyn Choa studied drama at Hull University and attended the London Contemporary Dance School. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Theatre veteran Fredric Mao is on a mission to give new life to Cantonese opera. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong theatre veteran Fredric Mao brings back Cantonese opera to the masses, and was behind a show so nice they ran it twice

  • Stage legend, 72, is on mission to modernise heritage art form and inject new blood into dying genre
  • His piece at last year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival will feature in this year’s instalment – the first time a show at event is repeated in consecutive years
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Theatre veteran Fredric Mao is on a mission to give new life to Cantonese opera. Photo: Felix Wong
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