“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.
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
Tickets：$320 / $260 / $180
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).
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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.