The Experimental Chinese Opera Series presents new and original works that transcend the traditional artistic boundaries of Chinese opera practices – offering fresh interpretations, shorter performance lengths and innovative narratives and presentation techniques.

After the first series in 2017, this year’s programme includes a re-run of the Xiqu Centre’s first commissioned production, the experimental Cantonese opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation), as well as the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe’s experimental Kunqu Opera The Chairs, adapted from Eugène Ionesco’s 1952 Theatre of the Absurd play Les Chaises, and the experimental Yue Opera Destiny of Rebirth by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group.

The Experimental Chinese Opera Series marks the second of our exchange performance showcases, and our continued exploration of new paths of artistic development.

Programmes and Time




1, 2, 4 - 6, 8 - 12 October 2019


Experimental Cantonese Opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) by Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District

18 - 19 October 2019


Experimental Yue Opera Destiny of Rebirth by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group1

19 October 2019


23–24 November 2019


Experimental Kunqu Opera The Chairs by the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe2


1Experimental Yue Opera “Destiny of Rebirth” by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group scheduled on 18 and 19 October 2019 (Friday and Saturday) is cancelled. Ticketing Enquiries: (852) 2200 0022

2The Chairs and Destiny of Rebirth are recommended by the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas

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