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"In Search of Hui Sin" by DanceArt Hong Kong

*21.06.2013 with post-performance meet-the-artists session


Venue Date & Time Price
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
$200, 160

In an age where humans and demons look the same

One wonders what soul has again been called away by phone…


It’s an age of runaway opulence and disorderliness. There is no way to tell a demon from a human.


The term “contemporary” may only be a euphemism for the loss of the simple yet profound linguistic contexts characteristic of ancient parables.


Hui Sin? It’s a character destined to be manipulated. Apart from being associated with fear, shame and remorse, his inner self is not a matter of interest for close study. Hui Sin may witness a “hyped-up” affair claiming to be “a war between the upright and the evil”, but will not allow himself to expose any injustice or violence seen, being left in the end with only a load of suppressed grievance. Have the genes of Hui Sin really replicated themselves and entered our bodies?


The Legend of the White Snake, one of the four great folk tales in China, has been passed down for hundreds of years. The White Snake and the Green Snake yearn for worldly love. They change into the bodies of two women at West Lake, and meet the scholar Hui Sin on a bridge in the rain. Thus begins a love relationship between a man and a demon. Under the pursuit of the spirit-purging monk Fat Hoi, their love relationship heightens into an epic tragedy which sees a fierce confrontation between love and reason, and the morals that rule the day.


In the dance theatre In Search of Hui Sin, through finding their own corpus, the dancers lead the audience to a reflection of the entire picture. Instant courage and honesty will lead the dancers into the black holes of the unknown for a breakthrough. This multi-angled and multi-faceted theatrical concept is exactly what DanceArt is after.


With a breathtaking collage of images, this post-modern dance production explores the intricate love-power relationship between man, beast and demon and reveals the significance of a folk tale in its contemporary contexts. It goes in search of a Hui Sin who seems to have been lost in the thousand-year-old legend. History impacts itself in between isolation and continuity, lending an eye to the various warm and cold poetic emotions of the world and contemplating the spirits that roam the world of unceasing desert winds. Director Hoyingfung is collaborating with Francis Leung, Artistic Director of DanceArt, independent artist Kung Chi-shing, well-known dancer Su Shu, members of DanceArt and cross-discipline artists to interpret the story and reconstruct history. To search and discover is the only way forward for what is “contemporary”.



Personnel and Cast

Artistic Director / Devising Dancer︰Francis Leung
Scriptwriter & Director︰Hoyingfung
Composer / Music Director / Live Musician︰Kung Chi Shing
Guest Devising Dancer:Su Shu
Devising Dancers︰Yvette Huang、Man Liu、Gabbie Chan
Voice Artist︰McNugget
Live Musician︰Mavis Lam



Tickets available from 10 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking


Discount Scheme

Half-price tickets are 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).


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets


One person per ticket regardless of age, admission subject to age limit specified for each event. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each ticket.  Please inform the box office staff of the discount type preferred at the time of purchase.

Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


Running time of this programme is about 1 hour 30 minutes without interval


Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary


Hong Kong Arts Centre

2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Enquiries: 2582 0200



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