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Chamber Opera – Por Por

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 Theatrical Interpreters 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.

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Cast

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Austin Yip
Artistic Director/Composer/Lyricist

Austin Yip is a local composer whose works have been performed worldwide. His more recent compositions include Koto, a 30-minute, site-specific work for Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and the Kyoto Art Center; Eurydice, an hour-long videodance collaboration with the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy in France; Metamorphosis, a winner of the CASH Golden Sail Award, commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; and Road Business, a marimba concerto for Jack Van Geem, the former principal percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Yip is a MacDowell Fellow (as a Gardner & Vail Read Fellow) and a recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Young Artist. His works have been published by Donemus (The Netherlands), and he is a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Sanders Lau
Music Director

Sanders Lau is a multifaceted choral musician and a much sought-after conductor. He is presently a resident conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. Under Lau’s preparation, the choir has performed with internationally distinguished conductors. With a specialised interest in ‘historically informed performances’ of early music, he has conducted Bach’s cantatas and selections of Handel’s oratorios with DK and its orchestra.


Lau has given lectures, workshops and pre-concert talks for numerous organisations, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has conducted choirs from the Diocesan Boys’ School, St Paul’s College, and Sacred Heart Canossian College, capturing top prizes locally and abroad. Outside the classical music scene, Lau is known for his work with the Chan Fai Young x Girls’ Choir. Their songs have reached the top charts across local streaming platforms. He also sings baritone with the award-winning a cappella group “jmJazz”, which he co-founded.

Emily Chan Mei-lee
Director

Emily Chan is the founder and artistic director of Hong Kong Drama Education Studio. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts School of Drama with a first-class honour, majoring in Directing. After that, she furthered her studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies.


With a firm belief that everyone is an artist capable of arts creation and appreciation, Chan has devoted herself to the field of drama education and applied theatre for more than a decade. As a veteran theatre professional, she has used her expertise to make drama accessible to everyone and a channel through which people with disabilities can integrate into the community. Our Path Together—one of her latest projects for the Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong—was the first drama performance in Hong Kong that fully integrated theatrical interpretation and enabled an inclusive experience by presenting cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts to the audience. It is Chan’s vision and mission to continue advocating arts equality in society in the years to come.

Caleb Woo
Baritone

Caleb Woo is a Music Director at Tuen Mun Alliance Church, the Christian Choir of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Men’s Chorus of Shatin Methodist College. He is a senior voice teacher and vocal coach at Qin Music Company and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been elected as a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).


Woo graduated with a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. He also holds degrees from Hong Kong Baptist University, including a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy with a first-class honour, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in China studies. Woo also has a Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from the Divinity School Of Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an ATCL diploma and a LRSM diploma. His voice teachers include Mr Sanson Lau, Mr Jimmy Chan, and Professor Robert McIver.

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Ebenezer Children's Chorus

The Ebenezer Children’s Chorus is composed of students from both the primary and secondary sections of Ebenezer School. The choir is set up to develop students’ interests in singing, hone their vocal skills, and foster teamwork. The choir has showcased its musical talent on numerous occasions, including the 2021 “No Limits” A Journey Too Short concert, the Legislative Council Complex, theme park, and the MTR Hong Kong station. The choir has also participated in various fundraising and public educational activities. The visually impaired students in this chamber opera production are chairpersons and leaders of the Ebenezer Choir from different years.

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Lee Shing
Pianist

Lee Shing has a profound interest in classical music performance and considers Ludwig van Beethoven to be his role model. He is always hoping that his experience can inspire young people, enhance their morale, and empower them to foster meaningful values in life. Lee was sponsored by the Artists with Disability Development Fund to further his studies through musical exchanges in Salzburg and Vienna. In recent years, he studied piano under the mentorship of the renowned pianist Michelle Kim, and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Lee has actively participated in various performances and collaborated with different orchestras, such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Generation Next Arts, and the Royal Academy of Music HK Alumni Association.

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Ding Yijie
Violinist

Ding Yijie was born and raised in Foshan, China. She began learning the violin at the age of six, overcoming the challenges of being blind since birth. Admitted with a full scholarship to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), Ding is currently in the final year of her bachelor’s degree, majoring in violin under the tutelage of Professor Michael Ma. Before attending HKAPA, she studied with Ma Kaiyi in Guangzhou.


Ding is an active and eager student, frequently taking part in multiple solo and chamber performances. During her studies, she also participated in various musical masterclasses. In 2019, she was invited by “No Limits”, co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and performed her first recital in Hong Kong.

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Austin Yip

Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide. Recently works include “Koto”, a 30-minutes site-specific work for Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble and Kyoto Art Center; “Eurydice”, an hour-long videodance collaboration with Centre de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne, France; “Metamorphosis”, winner of the CASH Golden Sail Award, commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; and “Road Business”, a marimba concerto for Jack Van Geem, former Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Yip is a MacDowell Fellow (as a Gardner & Vail Read Fellow) and the recipient of HKADC Award for Young Artist, his works are published by Donemus (Netherlands). He is a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Caleb Woo

Now serving as the Music director of Tuen Mun Alliance Church and Voice Instructor at Music Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Qin Music. He is also serving as an assistant professor at WongBing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit, Lingnan University, resident artist of the Education University of Hong Kong, Co-ordinator of Ensemble Music Ministries in the Hong Kong Baptist University and conductor of The University of Hong Kong Chamber Singers. Elected as a Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) devoting himself into promoting healthy vocalism and the ability appreciating the beauty of voice as creation.

Caleb graduated with the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. Caleb holds degrees from the Hong Kong Baptist University including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2006 with first class honor as well as the Social Science degree in China-Studies in 2003. Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from the Chung-Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. ATCL diploma and LRSM diploma in 2005 and 2009 respectively. His voice teachers include Prof. Robert McIver, Mr. Jimmy Chan and Mr. Sanson Lau.

Chan Mei Lee, Emily

Emily is the founder and artistic director of Hong Kong Drama Education Studio. She obtained her bachelor degree from the HKAPA School of Drama with a first-class honour, majoring in Directing, and thereafter furthered her studies in CUHK for a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies.
With her firm belief that everyone is an artist capable of art creation and appreciation, Emily has devoted herself in the field of drama education and applied-theatre for more than a decade. As a veteran theatre professional, she has made use of her expertise to make drama accessible to everyone and a channel through which people with disabilities can integrate into the community. ‘Our path together’, one of her latest projects for ADAHK, was the first drama performance in Hong Kong which fully integrated theatrical interpretation into the show and enabled an inclusive theatrical experience by presenting a cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts to the audience. It is Emily’s vision and mission to continue advocating arts equality in society in the years to come.

Sanders Lau

Sanders Lau is a multifaceted choral musician and a much sought-after conductor. He is Resident Conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. Under his preparation, the choir has performed with internationally distinguished conductors. With a specialised interest in ‘historically informed performances’ of early music, Sanders has conducted Bach’s cantatas and selections of Handel’s oratorios with DK and its orchestra.

Sanders has given lectures, workshops, and pre-concert talks for many organisations, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has conducted choirs from Diocesan Boys’ School, St Paul’s College, and Sacred Heart Canossian College, capturing top prizes both local and abroad.

Outside of the classical music scene, Sanders is known for his work with Chan Fai Young x Girls’ Choir (陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱). Their songs have reached the top charts across local streaming platforms. Sanders sings baritone with the award-winning a cappella group ‘jmJazz’, which he co-founded.

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