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| Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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, their eventual disappearance seems 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.
It has no storyline or character-related emotions, only a mood of spiritual serenity. It is, essentially, a stylized concert. Convoluted, 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.
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
Choreographer: Kong Wei
Sound Engineer: Chan Pui-ching
Sound Effect Designer: Shao Qing
Music Coordinator: Lam Tsan-tong
Producer: RhapsoArts Management
Conductor: Peng Fei
Vocal: Margaret Yim, David Quah, Xu Zhibo
Pipa: Wong Chi-ching, Lam Tsan-tong, Gao Sijia, So Pui-yi
Erhu: Zhao Guanjie
Cello: Wendy Law
Xiao: Zhang Fan
Dizi: Jiang Ning
Percussion: Margie Tong
Sheng: Loo Sze-wang
Guzheng: Au Yuen-ying
Guqin: Xi Yanen
Tibetan Singing Bowls: Tsang Man-tung
Dance: Kong Wei, Ye Ran, Yang Zhijun
Tickets available from 13 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or 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).
‘Great Music’ Package Discount
For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘When Petals Fall in Serenity ─ Atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai’, ‘The Tallis Scholars’, ‘Los Romeros Guitar Quartet’, ‘Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’, ‘Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich’ and ‘Opera: Puccini’s Turandot’: 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for any 3 programmes; 15% off for any 4 programmes or more.
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.
Running time of this performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.
Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
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