Artist of the Month- December- Rex Ng

This month's AOM is Rex Ng. He was nominated by one of our readers for his dedication and passion for Hong Kong's wonderful Opera scene. He is one of the founders of the Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop and is also the first graduate of the Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Cantonese Opera) full time course at the HKAPA. Rex is now the Chief Executive & Creative Officer of Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop and the consultant of Cantonese Opera Stage Association. He is currently working with Utopia on a crowdfunding project to preserve/highlight Cantonese Opera on cd and a film performance called Arena on Fringebacker. This campaign ends soon- please go support Hong Kong's UNESCO heritage art form and this wonderful team of artists!


1.Name, birth place, age

 Rex Ng, Hong Kong, How old do I look?


2. How does where you were raised affect your work?

I grew up in a boring environment with no art inspiration, leading an empty childhood experience. Thus, when I exposed myself to the energy of artwork and the enlightenment of Christianity, that considered as the founding of my thought and life. I’ve engaged in graphic design, television production, and then went to the world of the Cantonese Opera.

I learned from the various work ethic and skills, I found that there is no golden rule, all these are vary and diversified; but the most valuable thing is what touched people’s hearts. Therefore, I am a rebel in the old fashion Cantonese Opera world where filled with routines and conventions. In my young age, in the Church where emphasized the religious discipline and doctrine, I was considered as a heresy as well. And my fellow church member regarded me as a “trouble youth” judging by my excessive curiosity, queried about everything. Teacher Mak (Alexander) who know me inside out, call me "Wonder Boy." My first work was the short film "A Fading Flower", a tribute to Master Pak Shuet-sin, the first artists that touched me. Describing how the role suits the actor, and how the heart and soul echoing and thinking each other.


3. Where did you train?

I got training from a graphic design course in continuing education school, television production at ATV and the Cantonese Opera School of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


4. What is your favorite style of Theatre? Why?

Minimal Cantonese Opera (modernized), musical, physical theater and drama. Considering it’s my instinct for  passion of music and singing, aesthetic and artistic conception, as well as humanity and philosophy in my work.


5. What was the best show you EVER saw?

"Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera", and the imaginable yet minimal Cantonese Opera, to be.


6. What was the best show in HK you EVER saw? 

"Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera", and the imaginable yet minimal Cantonese Opera, to be.


7.What piece of work are you the most proud of? (please include photo, if possible)

Not one! I barely could say, maybe the 香夭 trilogy "REVELATION series": I "A Fading Flower" (short film), II "Let it Be" (short film), III "His Butterflies" (Cantonese Opera Concert) and "Arena" 2015 (Cantonese Opera)


8. What is your process like?

Team work! Everyone plays their parts and shine through while taking care of each other. But it has never happened yet. Barely could get the closer feeling during the moment when I was doing the live filming on television, (within the two or three hours).


9. What is your dream project?

Brief CantOpera Songs: ARENA “FEVER” CD and the 'ARENA', a crossover Cantonese Opera film.

10. If you could change one thing about the art scene in HK, what would it be?

For audiences to like enjoy exploring the depth of humanity through artworks.


For more information on Utopia's crowdfunding, click here.



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