Law Wing-fai “Atmospheric Music Theatre” - 

Beyond the Senses

18/6/2016 (Sat) 8 pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

Tickets:$320/$260/$180

Artistic Director/Composer: Law Wing-fai

Music Director/Pipa: Wong Chi-ching

Set & Costume Design/Singing Bowls: Tsang Man-tung

Lighting Design: Leo Cheung

Sound Design: Chan Pui-ching

 

Kunju Performer: Kong Aiping

 

Xiao/Dizi: Zhang Fan

Soprano: Margaret Yim

Sheng/Japanese Shō: Loo Sze-wang

Yangqin: Alice Pan

Clarinet: Leung Chi-shing

Erhu: Zhao Guanjie/Shao Lin

Ruan: Lam Tsan-tong/So Pui-yi/Tong Ming-hok/Fong Yee-kwan

Ruan/Guzheng: Au Yuen-ying

“Beyond the Senses” features the renowned Kunju artist Kong Aiping in her ground-breaking re-interpretation of classical Chinese poetry. Set against a serene garden, the main character Ru Yu wanders around and starts to recite and sing about the scenery around her. She eventually realizes that what she sees and hears are but illusory and unreal, and slowly comes to realize the enlightenment and transcendence of life. On the stage, amidst the light strums of the pipa and voice, all enter into a realm of meditation and contemplation.

 

Atmospheric Music Theatre is Law Wing-fai’s recent artistic direction which utilizes the contemporary theatre as a means of expression. Revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments and coupled with poetry, songs, music, dance and various visual elements, it hopes to cultivate a mood for reflection as well as a taste of Oriental aesthetics. “When Petals Fall in Serenity”, the first of Law Wing-fai’s attempt at Atmospheric Music Theatre presented at the end of 2014, was inspired by the images of Dunhuang. “Beyond the Senses” strives to further explore the genre, turning to Chinese xiqu for aesthetic inspiration this time.

Tickets available from 1 April onwards at URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by mobile ticketing app MY URBTIX and credit card telephone booking. 50% discount for students, senior citizens and the disabled.

 

10% discount for single purchase of standard tickets for “Beyond the Senses” plus ONE additional Salon Concert (3 or 11 June); 15% discount for single purchase of standard tickets for “Beyond the Senses” plus BOTH Salon Concerts (3 & 11 June).

Programme Enquiries: 2722-1650

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Programme around 90 minutes with no intermission.

Presented by: Wuji Ensemble

Venue and Ticketing Services Sponsored by: Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Sponsored by: Dunhuang Culture Promotion Foundation

 

Wuji Ensemble is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

 

Programme

Prologue: Strolling in the Garden

                Recitation

 

“Section 1: Autumn Palette”

      Autumn Leaves (Yanice Cheng)

                Erhu Duo

      The Shimmering Swirly Leaves (Yau May-kay)

                Xiao/Sheng/Ruan

      A Night of Oblivion (Law Wing-fai)

                Singing & Dizi

 

“Section 2: Water Zen”

      A Pond of Scattered Duckweeds (Law Wing-fai)

                Soprano & Clarinet

      Diary of a Frog (Law Wing-fai)

                Clarinet/Japanese Shō/Yangqin

      Air Eleganza (Law Wing-fai)

                Xiao/Japanese Shō/Yangqin/Guzheng/Movements

 

“Section 3: Listening to the Incense”

      Tranquil as a Chrysanthemum (Law Wing-fai)

                Pipa Solo

      The Whispering Plum Blossoms (Law Wing-fai)

                Singing & Dizi

      An Empty Mountain (Improvisation)

                Recitation/Pipa/Singing Bowls