This October and November, the annual Black Box Chinese Opera Festival returns with a line-up of both traditional productions and modern adaptations by troupes from Shanghai and Xiamen. The Xiqu Centre, the city’s dedicated Cantonese opera venue will also stage fresh takes on classic productions including Farewell My Concubine and Wenguang Explores the Valley. Suitable for both fans and those new to the genre, these abridged performances capture the gist of the originals in a more digestible format.
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Hong Kong Sinfonietta
The Sinfonietta is collaborating with cinema company Movie Movie to bring five original concert movies to Life Is Art, Hong Kong’s annual documentary festival, taking place this month. The orchestra was the first music company in Hong Kong to record its performances for screening when the pandemic led to so many cancellations. Back on Stage III: Destiny, the latest concert film recorded in November last year, will open the festival, while Back on Stage I and II will also be screened. The other two titles are Vive La Musique, featuring local pianist Colleen Lee and French cellist Aurélien Pascal, and All Star Tiny Galaxy, a chamber concert, which will be shown in Sham Shui Po’s vintage-themed hostel Wontonmeen, a popular venue for smaller jazz and indie music performances.
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