Cantonese opera as we know it today has a relatively short history. It was around the 1920s and the 1930s that the genre generally adopted the Cantonese spoken language in performance and gradually developed distinctive characteristics of its own. It was also at this historical moment that urban theaters and productions began to flourish, while most performances were in rural, ritual contexts. Even until today, ritual performances still constitute a major and integral part of Cantonese opera activities and business in Hong Kong. An interesting irony is that there are only few rural areas existing in today s Hong Kong but many ritual contexts remain in this highly urbanized and modernized city.
|Title of host publication||Anthology of Hong Kong Cantonese opera : the Fong Yim Fun volume = 香港粤劇選 : 芳艷芬卷|
|Editors||Siu Leung LI|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|