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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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Preview-Love Letters-Brave Heart Theatre23-2-15

Fans of A.R. Gurney’s work will be proud to hear that his award-winning and much loved play Love Letters is coming to Hong Kong. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side and read notes, letters and cards spanning their 50 year relationship, outlining their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats...

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Audition Nightmares11-2-15

My friend Camber is an actress in NYC. She's trying to "make it big" as we might say. I'm very proud of her but more importantly I'm happy that she has a lot of fantastic stories to tell me about all the weird shit that goes down in the Big Apple. I'm sure you all know the hit TV show, Smash

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Preview-Brave Heart Theatre26-1-15

Lovers of local art are rejoicing that Brave Heart Theatre is back with another season starting next month. The brainchild of Tom Hope, Brave Heart is an underground gem that brings theatre to an alternative crowd in an intimate space, The Premium Sofa Club. Last season included three plays, including a world-premiere play by a Hong Kong playwright, Wing Man Lam.

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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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Phantom Comes to Hong Kong17-12-14

On Monday HKELD was invited to see The Phantom of the Opera costume exhibit at 1010 in Central, interview the stars and get a special preview of the performance. Musical lovers worldwide have fallen in love with Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and it's very exciting that Phantom will be in Hong Kong for such an extended run. Find out all the info about showtimes and ticket prices here.

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Review-Three Little Men-Brave Heart Theatre14-12-14

What advice would you give to the twenty something year old you? What questions would you ask of yourself at the end of your life? In Wing Man Lam’s Thee Little Men, one character is featured three ways. A naïve and impressionable 24 year old is full of questions about what lies ahead, and scathing of his future faults. A gristly and greedy forty-four year old seethes at his unfaithful wife, despite the fact he has been disloyal throughout their marriage. A dying and then dead sixty-four year old is at peace with the sorry state he faces at the end of his life. The three men sit together to consume the fine wine spoils of their successful, albeit somewhat dishonest, career and talk through their life.

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Review-Jason and the Argonauts-AFTEC6-12-14

I've always thought of physical theatre as a much more visceral experience. The audience is engaged differently than in a traditional piece of theatre where they listen more than watch. Physical theatre is also different than dance or corporeal mime for me, in that it blends theatre/dance together. I was intrigued that known theatre director Vicki Ooi wanted to do her first physical theatre piece at the age of 72. She employed the assistance of Michael Brown, the movement director of War Horse for the Royal National Theatre in London.

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Review-IndepenDANCE Taiwan-CCDC5-12-14

Continuing to celebrate their 35th anniversary, the City Contemporary Dance Company invited artistic director of MeimageDance Ho Hsiao-mei and her team from Taiwan to bring three new works to Hong Kong audiences. The three performances were delightful to watch and the dancers’ skills superb. All three dance performances explored different themes and it was refreshing to see the different interpretations and influences of our Taiwanese counterparts, even if I didn’t always make the connection.

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Pictures and Words of Clockenflap3-12-14

Over the past weekend we were invited to check out Clockenflap, Hong Kong's biggest and best outdoor music festival. We typically don't cover music events at HKELD but this year Clockenflap turned it up a notch and included theatre, music, visual art and performance art in their coverage. Enjoy our pics and quotes we got from festival goers!

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