Shanghai Street: Arts in and of a City

Prof. Jane Davidson,
Dr Victor Lai
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The Shanghai Street Artspace, set amongst the crowded Yaumatei and Mongkok Districts of Hong Kong, is directed by Dr Victor Lai, and has been operating for two years. It is a place where painters,
photographers, writers and musicians exchange ideas and experiences with the local inhabitants and commercial entrepreneurs. Groups who use the space range from Cantonese opera troupes to
singer-songwriters; market-stall holders to investment bankers; Ladies of the Night’ to fortune tellers. Professor Jane Davidson participated in the project entitled: ‘Street life of Cantonese Opera Singers’, and this case study will provide the primary focus for the presentation. The value of recording and analysing the biographies and working practices of these performers will be investigated; and the impact of the sharing with researchers and other arts practitioners will be assessed in terms of the impact it has had on subsequent work.

Keywords: Reflective Practice, Biographical Enquiry, Community Arts, Cantonese Opera, Hong Kong Street Life
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Shanghai Street

Prof. Jane Davidson

Professor, School of Music, University of Western Australia

Scholar and performer-director, Jane holds Chairs at both University of Sheffield, UK, and University of Western Australia. Her academic and practical work inform one another, with her volume ‘The Music
Practitioner’ (Ashgate, 2004) addressing the ways in which performers can engage in research. A visiting scholarship to work at the Hong Kong Institute of Education has facilitated her current collaboration
with Dr Victor Lai. Her work is focused around musical collaboration, coordination and expression.

Dr Victor Lai

Head of Creative Arts, Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong

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