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Synopsis

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”.

The Xiqu Centre’s first ever commissioned work, Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) premiered in 2017, and has received overwhelming reviews for performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and mainland China. The production was also recognised with the Best Experimental Xiqu Award at the China (Beijing) Performing Arts Expo 2018. We are delighted to stage the Hong Kong rerun at our new venue.

“The Xiqu Centre’s experimental adaptation of Farewell My Concubine is a quality production that dazzles your eyes, touches your heart and captures your imagination. Though traditionally a martial arts piece, this new adaptation takes elements from poetic, romantic works, and incorporates contemporary melodies and techniques into the classic banghuang vocal style. The production is creative, inspired and intimate. The last scene, in particular, is charged with humanity and contemporary ethos.” Wu Tong, Deputy Director of the Chinese Theatre Literature Association (Beijing, China)

“An excellent production made with a lot of thought and heart from young artists, and an innovative way of performing Cantonese opera. I would recommend it to everyone and hope to see it in Singapore again. Great show… Just marvellous!” Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the National Arts Council, Singapore and Member of the Executive Board of the China Cultural Centre (Singapore)

“I was surprised to see that this production only had three performers because in my experience, Liyuan opera, Puxian opera and Gaojia opera tend to have big casts. But in the end I was completely blown away. From the music to the lighting design and the overall ambience, everything was amazing, and I loved the nuanced performances.” Audience member (Quanzhou, China)

Cast

Character

Keith Lai

Xiang Yu

Janet Wong

Yuji

Ng Lap-hei

Groom/Soldier

Programme Details

Date:
1, 2, 4–6, 8–12 October 2019 (Tuesday – Saturday) 

Time:
7:45pm
Approximately 70 minutes (No intermission)

Venue:
Studio 1, Xiqu Centre

Language: 
Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Ticket Price:
$220

Package Discount Offer:
10% discount for purchases of standard tickets for all three performances of the Experimental Chinese Opera Series 2019. Tickets must be purchased in one transaction at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office or via the ticketing hotline (852) 2200 0022 only.

* Subject to availability, does not apply to concessions

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

Tickets are available from 15 July 2019 via online and telephone booking as well as at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office, open from 10am to 9pm daily.
From 16 July 2019, tickets are also available at selected Tom Lee outlets (Olympian City and Shatin) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Tickets

  • Tuesday, 1 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Wednesday, 2 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Friday, 4 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Saturday, 5 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Sunday, 6 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Tuesday, 8 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Wednesday, 9 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Thursday, 10 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Friday, 11 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1
  • Saturday, 12 October 2019
    7:45PM
    Xiqu Centre Studio 1

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