Produced by the West Kowloon Xiqu Centre
Blending traditional Cantonese opera techniques with contemporary stage and lighting design, this groundbreaking production reinterprets the legendary story of the downfall of Xiang Yu, the self-proclaimed “Overlord of Western Chu”. During his struggle for power against the warlord Liu Bang, Xiang and his troops are tricked into believing that their cause is lost. Singing The Song of Gaixia, Xiang bids a heartbreaking farewell to his concubine, Consort Yu, before leading his remaining troops into their final battle and ultimate defeat at Gaixia.
Date: 6 - 7 September 2017 (Wednesday - Thursday)
Time: Evenings: 7:45pm, Thursday matinee: 2:30pm*
Venue: HKRep Black Box
Ticket price: $180
Half price for people with disabilities and the accompany minders and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
10% discount for HKRep Pals
Tickets available at URBTIX now
(*Ticket sale starts: 23 August 2017 10:00am)
Online booking: www.urbtix.hk
Telephone credit card booking: 2111 5999
With Chinese and English surtitles
Keith Lai graduated from The City University of Hong Kong with a BA in Chinese and is currently a committee member of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong. A disciple of Cantonese opera masters Man Chin-sui and Poon Sai-lun, Keith also studied under Man Lai-fung and Hon Yan-ming. In 2010, he was recognised with the Most Promising Actor Award in a young male opera role by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and Radio Television Hong Kong Radio Five. In 2011, he was presented with the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and formed his own troupe dedicated to promoting Cantonese Opera with a brand new image.
In recent years, Keith has written a number of Cantonese opera scripts, including Son of Heaven, Breeze Pavilion and Battle of the Throne. He has also adapted two Shakespeare classics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, as Cantonese operas: A Dream in Fantasia and The Arrant Revenge.
Janet Wong is a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Advanced Certificate Programme (Cantonese Opera), where she specialised in dan roles. Inheriting her talent from her father Huang Jin-tang, a renowned Cantonese opera actor, she also studied under Ng Lut-kwong, Liang Gu-yin, Hu Zhi-feng and Li Fung. Wong has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes and also formed her own. In 2011, she became a resident performer in the Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 2014, she won the Outstanding Performance Award at West Kowloon’s Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase, and in 2015 she was presented the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Wong’s recent repertoire includes excerpts from Han Xin Defects to Han from Chu, Irrevocable Loss and Breeze Pavilion.
A graduate from The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong, Ng Lap-hei is currently an actor in the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Ng studied under Wong Yee-man, Yeung Ming, Zhou Zhen-bang, Guan Shi-zhen, He Jia-yao and Tsai Win-wei, and was recognised as champion of the Lim Por Yen Trophy Cantonese Opera Excerpt Division and the Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competition in 2011. His recent work includes the excerpt performances The Eight Mallets, The Battle of Changban Po, and Lo Faa Dong.
Playwright/ Director/ Music Arranger: Keith Lai/Janet Wong
Ensemble Leader: Lee Tik Lun
Percussion Ensemble Leader: Chan Ting Pong
Musicians (Arranged in alphabetical order): Chen Yi Fan/Ho Cheuk Chun/Ho Chun Hei John/Lee Kwok Cheung/Sung Shu/Szeto Wai Suet/Zhao Shi-kuang
Producer: Naomi Chung*
Assistant Producers: Kit Cheng*/Godfrey Wong*/Peter Lee*/Katherine Li*/Cindy Chong+/Vincent Yu+/Sam Ko+
Set Designer: Wong Yat Kwan
Sound Designer: Sincere Li
Deputy Sound Designer: Wan San Hong
Lighting Designer: Leo Siu
Technical Director: Rae Wu*
Production Manager: Cat Cheung*
Assistant Production Manager: Virginia Lo*
Production Assistant: Rocco Ma*
Stage Manager: Kami Ng
Production Electrician: Wong Kwan Kwan
Sound Crew: Joyce Kwan
Lighting Operator: Aico Cheung
Light Crew: Cheng Wai Lun, Leung King Yan, Harriet Lee+
Stage Crew: Chan Chak Kwan, Chan Tsz Him, Chen Fong Hiu, Cliff Cheng, Hui Chi Yeung, Lo Chi Ming, Shum Lok Man
Surtitle Operator: Zeta Chan
Headgear Designer: Ken Tsang
Wardrobe Mistress: Chiu Siu Chun, Lee Mee Yee, Lo Ying Pui
Sound Designer (2016 Shanghai premiere): Yuen Cheuk Wa*
Lighting Designer (2016 Shanghai premiere): Allen Fung*
Costume Designer (2016 Shanghai premiere): Mandy Tam
* WKCDA Staff
+ WKCDA Intern