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Cantonese Opera: from Backstage to the Stage

Interested in Cantonese opera? Join us in an exploration of this artform from the Backstage to the Stage.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Cantonese Opera: from Backstage to the Stage

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Get an introduction to how a Cantonese opera show is prepared

Cantonese opera is a form of Chinese opera that can trace its roots back to the 12th century. Combining music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics and acting, Cantonese opera tells stories from Chinese history and myth, reflecting virtues like love, loyalty and patriotism.

This online course introduces Cantonese opera, with highlights of how a show is prepared from backstage to the stage.

You will look at how performers prepare individually and as a team through rehearsals; explore the makeup, props and costumes for shows; and discover the roles people play both on and offstage.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the workflow of how a Cantonese Opera show is prepared, including: preparation, rehearsals and backstage support
  • Distinguish the six pillars' characteristics, including: makeup, costumes, acting, singing and performance
  • Briefly the bamboo-shed theatre culture
  • Identify key areas of Cantonese Opera culture and tradition

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Cantonese opera. No prior experience or qualifications are needed.

If you’d prefer to take this course in Chinese, you can join a Chinese-language version

Who will you learn with?

Alis Lin

Alis Lin Yinshi (林穎施) graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Cantonese Opera. She has won awards at local and national competitions and performs worldwide.

Who developed the course?

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $39 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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