October 05, 2015
An unfortunate incident
Last week I watched a Cantonese opera performance at a community club. The artists performed well. Unfortunately, there was an embarrassing incident.
During one opera excerpt, the headgear of the huadan in warrior costume fell down. It did not drop onto the floor; it slid onto the huadan's face. It happened another two times before the huadan went backstage to get it fixed. Then she came out to continue with the performance.
Several minutes later, the headgear slid down her face again. It happened two or three times. Poor lady, she must be feeling distressful. The audience also felt sorry for her. She was a bit unsettled but courageously performed till the end. Towards the end of the excerpt her hair wig looked like it had also come loose.
I guess it was the fault of the person who did the dressing-up for her. Maybe the person is inexperienced or he or she didn't do the job properly.
I think the performers should also ensure that the headgears are secure.