Ming Wong’s live performance Looking at the Stars is the latest chapter in his ongoing research into the seemingly opposite realms of Cantonese opera and science fiction. Rooted in Wong’s interest in exploring the meeting of cinema, theatre, gender representation, and the intricate dance between language and translation, the performance draws inspiration from Andrei Tarkovsky’s genre-bending cinematic classic Solaris (1972) to tell a new kind of story. It also serves as an experimental exploration that will inform Wong’s staging of a full-fledged sci-fi influenced Cantonese opera production in the coming year. 

Looking at the Stars is a collaborative effort developed through workshops between Wong and a group of Hong Kong-based collaborators – young Cantonese opera actors, musicians, and specialists with whom he aims to further engage for the next phase of his research. With the help of a team of theatre lighting and sound designers, the resulting collection of gestures, images, and specially-written Cantonese opera passages – performed by female actors as a nod to traditional cross-gender roles – are staged with the atmospheric intensity of the deserted space station in Solaris. Moving in and out of different languages and styles, Looking at the Stars is an experimental piece that explores the idea of ‘live performance’ beyond a defined context or genre, and probe into the possible overlap between two different art forms.

12 and 13 December 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)

12 December, 8pm
13 December, 5pm

Multimedia Theatre, School of Creative Media (Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong )

Cantonese and English (with English and Cantonese subtitles)

Free admission with limited capacity. First-come, first-served. 


Application will be closed by 7 December 2015 

(852)2200-0135 (Ms So), liveart@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 2 hours before the event starts.

*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme and artists. All changes will be announced on the website.


Ming Wong (Singaporean, born 1971)

Ming Wong studied Chinese Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Wong’s videos and installations explore the intersections of language, identity, and performance. In his signature methodology, he casts himself as every character in a story—playing male and female roles as well as characters of different ages and races—and mimics various behaviours, right down to learning different languages. Though untrained as an actor, he has embarked on an artistic practice that is at once highly influenced by cinema and is in constant dialogue with measures of performativity, gender, and difference. For our Mobile M+: Live Art commission, Wong has created a new piece based on research he is conducting in Hong Kong surrounding Cantonese opera. This performance, the newest chapter in his ongoing investigation into merging science fiction with Chinese opera traditions, features actors, musicians, and scholars that Wong has identified as potential collaborators for his full-scale Cantonese opera staging scheduled for completion in 2016.

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