《婆婆》Por Por (2019-2022)

Por Por Title Image

Chamber Opera

A heart-warming theatrical experience about the ordeals of dementia sufferers.
Yet another great No Limits presentation that combines original music and stunning visuals.
Por Por is a stirring tribute to grandmothers and carers everywhere.

This original Cantonese chamber opera is a moving account of how dementia and depression affect elderly sufferers and those who care for them. Written by award-winning composer and lyricist Austin Yip, and directed by arts educator Emily Chan, Por Por is in 17 sections, mostly written for ensemble and chorus in Cantonese. The children’s chorus comprises students from Ebenezer School.

As the title indicates, the opera focuses on a grandmother. She is stricken with dementia. The role is played by a male singer/actor, Caleb Woo. Por Por will also feature a new method of sign interpretation, with signers shadowing performers across the stage rather than standing to the side, thus integrating the signing and the stage action.

Austin Yip wrote the music and the libretto while on a MacDowell Fellowship in New Hampshire in the United States. Por Por is an emotional rollercoaster that pays tribute to grandparents and carers everywhere. It provides an unforgettable theatrical experience that will live long in the memory. A heartwarming opera about forgetting, illusion and those that accompany the afflicted in their hours of need.

Approx. 1 hour without interval
Theatrical Interpretation, Audio Description in Cantonese (19/3 & 20/3) and English (20/3), House Programme Recording in Cantonese and English, Chinese and English Surtitles will be available (postponed)
Commissioned and produced by “No Limits” of the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Artistic Team

Artistic Director/Composer/Lyricist | Austin Yip
Music Director | Sanders Lau
Director | Emily Chan Mei-lee
Set Design | Moe Mo*
Lighting & Visual Design | Allen Fung*
Sound Design | King Kong
Costume Design | Cathy Siu

Cast

Baritone soloist | Caleb Woo
Chorus | Katherine Chan, Emily Chun, Kenny Lam, Sanders Lau, Wong Shing-hin^, Winky Wong#
Children’s Chorus^ | Shue Nga-lam, Wang Xin-yi, Xu Kai-ki, Yue On-lam
Children’s Chorus Master | Jasmin Cheng, Bonnie Liu
Dancer/Theatre Interpretation | Karen Chan

Instrumentalists

Pianists | Lee Shing, Linda Yim
Violinist | Ding Yijie*
Percussionist | Louis Siu


*By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
#By kind permission of Yat Po Singers
^By kind permission of Ebenezer School

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