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Transience (VR Video) Premiered At "Always at the edge of things and between places" Exhibition

Transience (VR Video) Premiered At "Always at the edge of things and between places" Exhibition

Enjoy here the performance TRANSIENCE by Trilateral Lab on Shing Wong St in 360°. 
For the full immersive experience, visit the exhibtion to see it in one of our headsets.

Director / Sound Artist: Alain Chiu
Assistant Director / Choreographer: Max Lee
Dramaturge / Performer: Pak-hong Chu
Performer: Christabel Ng
Performer: Karmen Cheung
Performer: Yu Ling Tse
Performer: Kenny Kim Fung Leung
Performer: Andy Lee

For more info about the Transience project and the Trilateral Lab, click here. 

Never Seen at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017

Never Seen at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017

We assume you will sit back and keep silent to it.

The speech is meaningless. The progression will not come no matter how much you pray. People are still proud of how good they can differentiating the colours. The relations are getting worse again. Similar sentiments are rising. A sudden change in mood will trigger an outbreak. It does not come with warning.

Can you recognize the pattern? Are they identical? Probably, the events do not repeat themselves, but they simply rhyme. Or they will repeat it until you learn from them.

A brainchild of contemporary composer and musician Alain Chiu, award-winning actor and vocal Chu Pak-hong and experimental violinist Eric Chan, “Never Seen” is a musical reincarnation for reflection but not appreciation. “We want to address the question that what ‘repetition’ mean to you. We do not aim to numb your mind. It is an alarm instead.”

WKCDA x HK Ballet New Works Forum

WKCDA x HK Ballet New Works Forum

A new collaborative work by Alain Chiu and Ricky Hu (HK Ballet) was showcased at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab. 

Official Press Release
The relationship between dance and music is complex and subtle, with the choreography of a dance often directly influenced by musical rhythms.

In Hong Kong, there are few platforms where choreographers can work with composers from different backgrounds, and dance performances are often accompanied by existing pieces of music. To encourage collaboration between choreographers and composers, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) teamed up with Hong Kong Ballet for New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab that took place from 14 to 18 November.

Facilitated by New York-based composer Ian Ng and Kung Chi Shing, Artistic Associate (Music) of the WKCDA, the five-day workshop brought together four local composers – Lam Fung, Alain Chiu, Mike Orange and Tsui Chin Hung – each from a different musical background (rock, contemporary classic, jazz, etc.), and four dance artists from Hong Kong Ballet – Yuh Egami, Natalie Ogonek, Ricky Song-wei Hu and Yui Sugawara.

Working in pairs, participating artists exchanged ideas, experimented with different forms of music and dance, and collaboratively created new artistic concepts. Workshop facilitators Ian Ng and Kung Chi Shing also shared their own experiences of collaborating with choreographers.

On 19 November, participating artists showcased the work-in-development of these 5 days to an audience of local arts professionals and shared their thoughts on the collaborative process.

Participating Choreographers:
Yuh Egami
Ricky Song-wei Hu
Natalie Ogonek
Yui Sugawara

Participating Composers:
Alain Chiu
Fung Lam
Mike Orange
Tsui Chin Hung

About New Works Forum 

In the run-up to the opening of the West Kowloon performing arts facilities, the first of which will be completed in 2018, New Works Forum acts as a platform for cross-disciplinary artists eager to expand their practices into new areas and explore innovative ways of creating, presenting and discussing topics around contemporary performance.



今年11月14至18日,西九文化區邀請了旅居紐約市的香港作曲家伍家駿,聯同西九藝術策劃(音樂)龔志成主持為期五天的工作坊,向4位本地作曲家林丰、趙朗天、Mike Orange、崔展鴻及4位來自香港芭蕾舞團的舞蹈家江上悠、菅原愉依、胡頌威、岳泰莉,分享他們與編舞家合作的經驗。



西九文化區表演設施將於 2018 年起相繼落成,因此我們舉行《新作論壇》,為有志於拓展嶄新領域的藝術家提供平台,一同探索創作及表演新方法,並研究當代演出相關議題。

Music for Thea, Alain Chiu X HKAF/ Ronny Wong

Music for Thea, Alain Chiu X HKAF/ Ronny Wong

Music for Thea, a commissioned piece set to the dance work of Ronny Wong, was premiered at the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival Contemporary Dance Series. 


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series

三月Mar 10 – 13
Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre
$120 - $140 學生Student $60 - $70

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Fish In The Hand Premiere

Fish In The Hand Premiere

"Fish in the Hand", a new-style opera infused with the concepts of contemporary theatre, will be presented in October. The production is a collaboration by local artists with Lee Chun-chow and Kung Chi-shing as co-directors, Alain Chiu as composer and YanYu as playwright.

Traditional opera emphasises the narrative aspect, with the storyline told through singing. In contrast, this opera does not have narration as its main creative concern, but focuses more on the portrayal of the characters' complex and hidden psychological states through multi-layered multimedia staging. As the dark side of the characters is gradually revealed, the audience will be led to reflect on their inner selves and go through a cathartic experience.

During the creative process of this production, the script was written before the music, which features challenging interpretation of Cantonese operatic singing. Since the Cantonese language is tonal, with each word having a specific tone, Alain Chiu had to pay special attention to the congruence between the tone and musical pitch for each and every word when he composed the score. This opera is to be sung exclusively in Cantonese - this was a Herculean challenge for the production team in their efforts to create a new landscape for locally produced opera.

The music will feature the usual chamber ensemble configuration, as well as the double bass and electric guitar. The combination of original and electric instruments will give the music a contemporary musicality and, together with the vocals and poetic rendering of the dialogue, the audience will be treated to a rich and multi-layered soundscape. This multimedia theatre production merges live music, theatre and dance elements, together with a breakthrough of separating the singing from the acting in the opera: professional singers and stage actors are responsible for their own parts and their respective interpretations will blend to create a multi-dimensional manifestation of the characters.

The story of "Fish in the Hand" confronts the humiliation of William the veterinarian - the darkest spot in his mind and something that he never admits to.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Fish in the Hand" (to be performed in Cantonese with English surtitles) will be staged at 8pm on October 9 and 10 (Friday and Saturday) as well as at 3pm on October 11 (Sunday) at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets with prices at $180 and $240 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Please refer to the website or the programme leaflet for the Boundless Multimedia Series package or group booking discount schemes.

For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7323, or visit For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit .

The performance contains adult content.

A post-performance talk (in Cantonese) will be held on October 9.

Ends/Monday, August 17, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:01


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