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Chamber Opera – Por Por

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 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.

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Team Members

Cast

Instrumentalists

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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