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Review- Aida- Opera Hong Kong16-10-17

Opera Hong Kong’s recent “Aida” (10-15 October) had enough international stars for an entire constellation. With its famous triumphal march and often over-the-top pageantry, Aida is the grandest of grand opera.

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Review- Pageant The Musical- Hong Kong Singers13-10-17

“My face hurts from smiling so much,” says the man behind me as the show finishes and he’s leaving his seat. My sore palms, aching tummy, and coarse throat agree with him in testament of how much I’d clapped, laughed, whopped and hollered throughout the show, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Review - In An Instant - 8/F Platform, Hong Kong Dance Company24-9-17

‘In An Instant’, choreographed by Dorothy Sek, captivated every audience member’s attention from start to finish. The company is known for pushing boundaries and their originality and creativity. They experiment and play with movement to create beautiful visions, and this piece did not disappoint.

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Review- The Play That Goes Wrong- Lunchbox Productions22-9-17

This month, Hong Kong is in for a laugh, and The Play That Goes Wrong doesn't have a single still moment in it, nor a moment to relax- the unstoppable flow of comedy is enough to keep the audience on their toes for the whole length of the play.

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Review- Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi- Opera Hong Kong8-9-17

It was Louise Kwong’s night. The Hong Kong soprano shone in the title role of “Suor Angelica,” the first half of Opera Hong Kong’s summer production of a Puccini double-bill.

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Review- La Traviata- More Than Musical21-7-17

“La Traviata” — More than Musical, 17-18 June, ArtisTreeRedeploying opera in new formulas for new audiences can generate howls of protest from die-hard traditionalists, but it’s hard to see what is wrong with it in principle: in the theatre, this sort of thing is done all the time.

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Review- The Learned Ladies of Mid-Levels- The Shadow Players 30-6-17

How to be a learned person? Last night at Fringe Club, The Shadow Players “taught” us the importance of unlearning what is (presumed to be) learned, through laughing and a high dose of local stereotypes.

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Review - Au-Dela Du Temps - Le P en V Innovative Platform28-6-17

For generations, artists have found inspiration in sorrow, loss and melancholy. Every discipline finds a way to sublimate this pain into something beautiful. For Chong Chan Po, the medium is dance. His show Au-delà du Temps, in his words, invites the audience “to cast away sorrows from past losses” in a ceremonious ritual for transcendence of time.

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Review - A Grand Night For Singing - HK Singers - Fringe18-6-17

A Grand Night for Singing, presented by The Hong Kong Singers, is a truly lovely walk down memory lane. It takes you back to a simpler time where love was innocent.

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Review - The Barber of Seville- Opera Hong Kong6-6-17

Gioacchino Rossini whipped off “The Barber of Seville” (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”) in a couple of weeks. When asked about this, his contemporary Gaetano Donizetti quipped something about Rossini being lazy.

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