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Ong Si Mui Opera Troupe 王泗妹闽剧团_074 | by OngMY
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Ong Si Mui Opera Troupe 王泗妹闽剧团_074

Have not always been a fan of chinese street opera. As I grew up, I've began to realise and appreciate this dying art form. I can only hope my interest in Chinese opera, did not come too late in life. It is a pity that at a time when I am truly interested in Chinese language and art, Chinese Opera does not look like it will stay around for the coming generations. It greatly saddens me that Chinese Street Opera is becoming a dying art form.

 

I'm inspired and humbled by Mdm Ong Si Mui & her troupe, which mainly consists of women in their 50s & early 60s. The passion & commitment they've shown in their show performances every night inspires me. Although my understanding of Hokkien is limited to an extent, I was able to understand the performances by watching the body language and facial expressions of the actors and of course listening to the tone of voice when they were singing or speaking.

 

I'm thankful for the experience and the warmth the troupe had shown me, allowing me backstage. I do not know when I will be able to come across another Chinese Opera performance but I truly hope I can continue shooting the various forms of this dying art form for as long as they may last.

 

This series of photographs hopefully will give a slight glimpse/insight into the life of a Hokkien Opera Troupe, from my point of view.

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Taken on August 22, 2011