Pride in Chinatown 2018

Pride in Chinatown 2018

Traditional Chinese Opera with Contemporary Asian Drag

Aug 1, 2018
Paul Wong Projects

This was magical and spectacular setting, a heritage site named the world’s top city garden by National Geographic. Guests were treated to a mashup of opera, drag, and music. Classic Chinese opera roles including females were originally performed by men. More recently when women were permitted to perform on stage, women often played both female and male roles. These gender bending genres celebrate the rich history of Cantonese Opera as a folk art form in Chinese communities.

For Paul Wong, growing up in Chinatown the streets were filled with Chinese Opera emanating from the shops and rooming houses. At home, his mother’s favourite pastime was singing karaoke opera. This event was part of OCCUPYING CHINATOWN, Wong’s year-long artist residency at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden launched in Spring 2018.

OCCUPYING CHINATOWN was a public art project commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Event community partner Vancouver Art and Leisure Society.

Shay Dior

Shay Dior is a fierce Vietnamese drag performer, known in the Vancouver community for always serving high fashion looks and powerful performances. In addition to being the event coordinator for RICECAKE: Vancouver’s Queer Asian Dance Party, she is also the Mother of the House of Rice – a drag family of queer Asian artists working to showcase diverse QTPOC beauty and talent.

Maiden China

Maiden China is an intersectional feminist drag performer with a focus on hyphenated identity politics and androgyny. They are the Daughter of Shay Dior, Mx Cobalt All Star 2017, Entertainer of the year 2018, and a proud member of the Man Up Family. Maiden China blends drag, theatre, and politics to push forward a mandate of representational love and liberation with alien aesthetics.  

Rose Butch

Born onstage in East Van, Rose Butch is a QTPOC non-binary Drag Thing whose style and sensibility follows the pursuit of gender euphoria. Rose is the 2015 winner of the Mr/Miss Cobalt competition and the first winner to be crowned Mistermiss Cobalt, as well as the winner of the 2016 Legends Calendar Competition on the West End. Rose’s playful and theatrically informed drag aims to bring non-binary visibility to stages across Vancouver and beyond.

Cantonese Opera – Hall Of One Hundred Rivers

“FRAGRANT SACRIFICE” (香夭) Hoi Seng Ieong and Yuk Fung Cheung will perform Fragrant Sacrifice, the grand finale of the most famous Cantonese opera, The Flower Princess. A story of political palace intrigue, this is the classic Chinese Romeo and Juliet story. On their wedding night, the princess and her groom express their love for each other and their loyalty to the former dynasty before taking their own lives. This is the first time they are switching gender roles. HOI SENG…

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