Beyond the Senses

Law Wing-fai “Atmospheric Music Theatre”

18 - 20 / 1 /2019 ( Fri to Sun ) 7:45 pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Cente

15/ 7/2017  ( Sat )  7:30 pm

Shaw Theatre (Pulman London St Pancras)

18/11/2016 ( Fri )5pm

Autidorium Santa Margherita, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

18/6/2016 ( Sat )8pm

Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

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 realises that what she sees and hears are but illusory and unreal, and slowly attains 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.

Beyond the Senses features the renowned Kunju artist Kong Aiping in her ground-breaking re-interpretation of classical Chinese poetry through ‘Atmospheric Music Theatre’, Law Wing-fai’s recent artistic direction which utilises 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.

 

Artistic Director/ Composer Law Wing-fai

Music Director/ Pipa Wong Chi-ching
Set & Costume Designer Tsang Man-tung
Lighting Designer Venessa Lee

Sound Engineer Chan Pui-ching

Music Director/ Pipa Wong Chi-ching

Kunqu Performer Kong Aiping

Xiao/Dizi Zhang Fan

Soprano Margaret Yim

Sheng / Japanese Shŏ Loo Sze-wang

Clarinet Leung Chi-shing

Yangqin Bryan Lai

Singing Bowls Tsang Man-tung

Ruan / Guzheng Au Yuen-ying

Ruan  Lam Tsan-tong, So Pui-yi & Tong Ming-hok

Programme

 

Prologue: Strolling in the Garde Recitation

 

“Section 1: Autumn Palette”

      Autumn Leaves (Yanice Cheng) Erhu Duo

      The Shimmering Swirly Leaves (Yau May kay)

        Xiao/Sheng/Ruan

      A Night of Oblivion (Law Wing-fai)

    Singing & Dizi

“Section 2: Water Zen”

      A Pond of Scattered Duckweeds (Law Wing-fai)

      Soprano & Clarinet

      Diary of a Frog (Law Wing-fai)

      Clarinet/Japanese Shō/Yangqin

      Air Eleganza (Law Wing-fai)

            Xiao/Japanese

Shō/Yangqin/Guzheng/Movements

“Section 3: Listening to the Incense”

      Tranquil as a Chrysanthemum (Law Wing-fai)

       Pipa Solo

      The Whispering Plum Blossoms (Law Wing-fai)

       Singing & Dizi

      An Empty Mountain (Improvisation)

       Recitation/Pipa/Singing Bowls