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Review-The Paper Cinema's Odyssey-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-15

The Paper Cinema's performance of the Greek epic poem, Homer's Odyssey, was rather unique. It was actually an animation that could have been easily recorded and packaged into a DVD. But then, that's not the point. The brilliance and pleasure of The Paper Cinema is not only on what one sees or hears on the screen, but actually in witnessing how the animation, music and sound effects is created in realtime. It was like watching the "making of" of a movie while watching the movie itself.

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Review-Lionboy-Hong Kong Arts Festival28-2-15

The trouble with family friendly shows is that often as a parent you are consigned to having to endure patronizing messages wrapped in stories. They're full of plot holes and one dimensional characters, sugar coated with psychedelic colours, blinding colours and chipmunk music. Which makes this pleasant is when people who actually know what children are like, create stories and shows that children will actually like.

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Review-Gala Flamenca-Hong Kong Arts Festival28-2-15

As part of the 43rd annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, Gala Flamenca comes to Hong Kong to showcase some of the world’s renowned flamenco dancers: Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Jesús Carmona and Karime Amaya. The HKAF promotes local and international talent with the aim of facilitating cultural exchange, and the Gala Flamenca definitely is a unique cultural experience you don’t usually get the chance to see in Hong Kong.

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Review- Love Letters- Brave Heart Theatre26-2-15

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney premiered on Broadway in 1988 and has seen a multitude of famous actors take on the role of Melissa Gardener and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. It was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama – Driving Miss Daisy won in case you’re interested.

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Review- The Vagina Monologues- VDAY 201512-2-15

Half the world’s population is female, which means there are billions of vaginas in the world. They are around us each and every day. Yet, until very very recently, people haven’t really talked about them. They are kept secret and hidden and are often considered taboo. But, why?

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Review- Nanta- The Venetian9-2-15

Nanta is the longest running show in Korea. It’s a physical theatre show based around a high energy kitchen and the idea of cooking. It combines a lot of things that an Asian audience love: comedy, food, fire and high power acrobatics. It has been staged in 278 cities in 42 countries, transcending linguistic and cultural barriers.

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Review-The 3 Singing Bitches-Fringe Club17-1-15

Cabaret is a great blending of genres. It's part music, part comedy, part dance, part theatre. Cabaret is often distinguished by the venue it is in. It's performed in a restaurant or bar- something more casual than a traditional theatre so that the audience can feel comfortable, drink up and enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere. The 3 Singing Bitches is a cabaret from three of Hong Kong's well known theatrical talents: Angelita Li, Rick Lau and Margaret Cheung. We've reviewed their musical theatre performances before on HKELD and recently they've become well known for being the backing artists on many Canto-pop albums.

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Review-Circo Veneziano-The Venetian8-1-15

You may have been to the Venetian many times before but never heard of this entertainment option. Circo Veneziano is a circus act that performs at the Venetian daily on a rotation and is free to attend for guests of the hotel. They also perform street acts in the shopping area of the hotel and provide full corporate shows for those that book them privately. They consist of three main acts: Cubo, Hand to Hand and Mago.

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Review-Taboo-The City of Dreams7-1-15

HKELD was invited back to see the 4th run of Taboo at the City of Dreams in Macau. They have brought in new performers, new choreography and put a new spin on their “playful cabaret.”

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Review-The Phantom of the Opera-Lunchbox Productions24-12-14

The Phantom of the Opera – An iconic masterpiece that continues to awe and inspire audiences 28 years after it first opened on London’s West End.

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