Virtuosity and Innovation - The Masterful Legacy of Lam Kar Sing
Thematic Gallery (1) & (2),
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
20 July 2011 - 14 May 2012
In 2009, Cantonese Opera was officially inscribed on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in a mark of the international appreciation and unique importance that this indigenous art form enjoys. At the same time, however, the inscription indicates that a great deal of effort will need to be invested in order to preserve and promote its continued legacy.
Dr Lam Kar Sing is a preeminent figure in Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong. Born in 1933, he became a disciple of the maestro Sit Kok Sin in 1949 and, inspired by Sit’s artistic influence, he committed himself to a lifelong and tireless pursuit of excellence. Lam quickly became a versatile exponent of his mentor’s art and, developing as a maestro in his own right, he went on to establish the theory that a performing artist must seek to fulfil four criteria – 'breadth, virtuosity, depth and innovation’. He also founded two Cantonese opera troupes, Hing Sun Sing and Chung Sun Sing, both of which won a wide following with their popular productions. Lam eventually retired from the stage in 1993, and since then he has dedicated himself to promoting this art form and to ensuring its continued survival and development.
He has won many accolades and awards from the government, the education sector and the field of traditional Chinese theatre in recognition of his lifelong achievements and his lasting contribution to Cantonese Opera. Taking a look back at the life and artistic career of Lam Kar Sing and highlighting the legacy he has bequeathed, this exhibition showcases libretti, handbills, stills, records, costumes and audio and video clips from various productions starring this virtuoso with a passion for Cantonese Opera.
A set of Octopus card sleeves designed for the “Virtuosity and Innovation: The Masterful Legacy of Lam Kar Sing” exhibition will be distributed at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in phases from 20.7.2011 (1) / 1.10.2011 (2) / 16.12.2011 (3) / 1.3.2012 (4) onwards to visitors holding a valid museum pass or an admission ticket for the relevant day. The sleeves will be available while stocks last.
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