17-18.5.2017 (Wed-Thu) 7:45pm
$340, 280, 220, 160
18.5.2017 (Thu) 3pm
$220, 200, 180, 160
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
'A touching story with intriguing dance' China Culture Daily
A dance drama blooming the endless charm of Guangdong music
Presented by: Department of Culture of Guangdong Province, the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Organised by: the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
A Cultural Collaboration Project of Guangdong and Hong Kong
The Past of Shawan is a full-length original dance drama taking place in the ancient town of Shawan in Guangdong during the 1930s. Modelled from the Guangdong musicians 'the three eminent He brothers', the work revolves around the spirit passing down by generations in the classical composition Dragon Boat Racing in which dance element is deployed to unfold the development of a legendary tale. Lyrical and lively dance segments are employed to present a love story of classic Guangdong music. An enthusing topic, a novel story-telling format, fluid dance performances, exquisite choreography, heart-warming musical classics and a poetic stage come together to bring the audience a splendid and inspiring Guangdong music epic.
The running time of each performance is approximately 2 hours including an intermission of 15 minutes.
Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers and audiences who leave their seats during the performance will only be admitted to their own seats during the intermission or at a suitable break.
With a history of over six decades, Guangdong Song & Dance Ensemble has nurtured and witnessed the success of many Chinese artistic virtuosos. The ensemble has dedicated to the creation and performance of excellent productions including dance dramas The King of Nanyue, The Pearl, The Red Lovers, Full Moon, Love Story of Grandma Wang and Grandpa Xu; dance productions Rain Pattering on Plantain Leaves, The Drunken Beauty, Forbidden Love; traditional Chinese music concerts The Lingnan Variation, and Greatest Features of Cantonese Music. The ensemble also received many awards, including the Grand Wenhua Prize by China Ministry of Culture, the Lotus Award of National Dance Competition and the special performance prize by The Guangdong Arts Festival. The ensemble has visited many countries and regions across the world.
Artistic Director / Chief Producer: Xiong Jian
Assistant Producers: Liu Li & Huang Qian
Playwright: Tang Dong
Choreographer / Director: Zhou Liya & Han Zhen
Composer: Du Ming
Executive Choreographer / Director: Shi Quan
Stage Designer: Qin Liyun & Ma Jun
Lighting Designer: Liu Fengshu & Qin Nianfeng
Costume Designer: Yang Donglin
Stylist: Jia Lei
Main Dancers: Li Xing, Li Yanchao, Sun Ren, Wang Minrui, Qi Qi, Li Chaoyi
Tickets available from 10 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
Group Booking Discount: 10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.
Package Discount: For each purchase of standard tickets for The Past of Shawan by Guangdong Song & Dance Ensemble, Giselle, ‘Ballet Gala’ by The National Ballet of China and Genesis and Spirit – A Showcase of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Zhejiang: Dance Drama Grand Red Trousseaus．Dream of a Maiden by Ningbo Song Dancetheatre: 10% off for any 2 different programmes; 15% off for any 3 different programmes; 20% off for any 4 different programmes.
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount offers for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.
Internet Booking www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Telephone Booking 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries 3761 6661
Programme Enquiries 2268 7323
The programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.