When Petals Fall in Serenity ─ Atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai
Music and Dance Redefined through Ethereal and Serene Interaction
When Petals Fall in Serenity represents an insight into life. If we see flowers blooming and petals falling as the most natural phenomena in nature, we can transcend common misgivings and face any rise and fall, birth and death with level-headedness and optimism. We will be able to put our minds at ease and deal with obstacles and setbacks that come our way as we journey through life. Dunhuang, deemed the most precious treasure trove of Chinese history, art and culture, may be viewed in the same light. With the passage of time, the loss of the artefacts and weathering of the grotto paintings seem inevitable. We could perhaps muster a positive artistic approach in which a modern outlook with a new perspective is used to re-interpret, and a contemporary idiom to pass on and re-invent the extant along a different artistic path. It is with this in mind that the atmospheric music theatre When Petals Fall in Serenity was conceived.
When Petals Fall in Serenity has no storyline nor character-related emotions, only a mood of spiritual serenity. It is, essentially, a stylized concert. Convoluted and introspective, the music highlights an undefined space for interpretation. It incorporates the Tibetan singing bowl, vocals, Chinese orchestral and solo instrumental music, interpolated with poem, dance, lighting and media images. Texts and images are merged into one to create a multi-disciplinary showcase of poetry, songs, dance, music and visual media. Within a defined boundary, a unique dimension is created, which offers a glimpse of an aesthetic texture that explore artistic depths.
Personnel and Cast
Director/ Composer/ Librettist: Law Wing-fai
Music Director: Wong Chi-ching
Set and Costume Designer: Tsang Man-tung
Lighting Designer: Leo Cheung
Video Designer: Shing Bok-man
Sound Engineer: Chan Pui-ching
Sound Effect Designer: Shao Qing
Music Coordinator: Lam Tsan-tong
Producer: RhapsoArts Management
Cello: Wendy Law
Vocalists: Margaret Yim, David Quah, Xu Zhibo
Dancers: Kong Wei, Ye Ran, Yang Zhijun
Pipa: Wong Chi-ching, Lam Tsan-tong, Gao Sijia, So Pui-yi
Erhu: Zhao Guanjie
Xiao: Zhang Fan
Dizi: Jiang Ning
Sheng: Loo Sze-wang
Percussion: Margie Tong
Guzheng: Au Yuen-ying
Guqin: Xi Yanen
Tibetan Singing Bowls: Tsang Man-tung
Yangqin: Alice Pan
Conductor: Peng Fei
Director/ Composer/ Librettist
Law Wing-fai (Solo Theatre) is a leading composer in Hong Kong, and one of the few to have crossed over the boundary between commercial music and the arts. He is currently the Artistic Director of Wuji Ensemble and was a Composer-in-Residence at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He worked closely with Hong Kong’s New Wave directors in films during the 1980’s, having scored for more than 20 films including the award-winning Boat People, Dream Lovers and A Simple Life. He was the founding Head of Composition of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a position which he subsequently held for many years. Law has presented many important works using Chinese-Western mixed instrumentation, the most representative of which are When Mountains Roar and Linli. He also founded Wuji Ensemble, a group that is known for its unique character.
Music Director / Pipa
Wong Chi-ching entered the China Broadcast Chinese Orchestra in 1976 and was the Section Leader of Plucked-strings and Pipa Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) from 1987-2013. She founded Wuji Ensemble and Wuxin Ensemble in 2003. Wong has performed as pipa soloist and with various renowned international orchestras on different occasions, among them the performance of When Mountains Roar with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; the mulit-media recital Pipa Images as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival; performance with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at Saint-Riquier Festival in France; performance of Tan Dun’s Pipa Concerto with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in the New Vision Arts Festival; performance of A Thousand Sweeps with Kyushu Symphony Orchestra of Japan; performances of Flowing Fancies with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; representing Hong Kong to participate in the China New Music Festival in Canada; performance with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in HKCO Virtuosi – Wong Chi-ching; tour in the United Kingdom; and performed at Taipei Little Giant Formosa Series Wong Chi-ching Solo Recital. In 2011, the HKCO presented Wong in the solo concert Flowing Fancies. The same year, Hugo Records released two solo albums by Wong – Pipa Wuqu and Pipa Wenqu. In 2013, Wong performed in two solo recitals – When Petals Fall in Serenity presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, to raving reviews.
|Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre||05.12.2014 (Fri)|
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Running time of this performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.
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