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Karen’s Meadow Cantonese Opera Studio

Non-profit Cantonese opera organisation established by Karen Wang Kit-ching in 2006. Wang received the Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Cantonese Opera), and then received the Young Cantonese Opera Outstanding Artist Award co-presented by RTHK and the Cantonese Opera Academy for Hong Kong

Productions included Diao Chan in the Romance of three Kingdoms (2008), Song Jiang Kills Yan Poxi (2012), A Heroine in Chinese — Zhang Yue Zhao (2013), In Memory of the Hong Kong Old Sixties(2014)

Wang took lead in delivering voluntary services by way of running programmes of Cantonese opera workshops for the students at primary schools and visiting elderlies in villages on 2013 and 2014, after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China

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A Heroine in Chinese ~ Zhang Yue Zhao

Set near the end of Ming Dynasty and the beginning of Ching Dynasty, the differences in costumes between the two dynasties are remarkable. The vivid character of Zhang Yuezhao upends people’s negative notions towards courtesans and concubines as Zhang was revered as a strong-minded heroine loyal to her family and country. On the contrary, the male lead is a petty character incapable of great things whereas the authoritative official is portrayed through a comedic role. When her husband loses in the war, Zhang remarried against her wish so her family would be spared execution. The performance is highly commended for its reflections on traditional Chinese bureaucracy, Confucianism, and the differences in people’s sense of humanity and nobility.