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The Academy to Present Fall Performances

6 Nov 2019



The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) will bring to stage astounding dance, drama and Cantonese opera performances this Autumn, presented by students of the respective Schools in collaboration with the production team of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Free concerts and masterclasses are also offered by the School of Music. 


The School of Drama will be staging two plays of different styles in November – a musical The Woman in Kenzo and BU21 by Stuart Slade. Composed by Leon Ko and lyric by Chris Shum, The Woman in Kenzo is the only musical adapted from the novel of the same title. It depicts the economic boom and glamour of Hong Kong in the 1970s. The musical is co-directed by Roy Szeto and Chan Suk-yi and will be staged at Academy Drama Theatre from 27 to 30 November. Playwright by Stuart Slade, directed by Terence Chang, another play BU21 tells the stories of six people caught in the aftermath of a terrorist attack facing grief and loss. It will be held from 18 to 23 November.


School of Dance Fall Performances to be held on 22 and 23 November consists of three dynamic dance works featuring the three different dance disciplines – Chinese Dance, Ballet and Contemporary Dance, choreographed by the School faculty members Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Yu Pik-yim, Li Zhangliang and Christina Mertzani.


The School of Chinese Opera will present three Cantonese opera excerpts of contrasting styles and performance techniques in Gongs and Drums on 19 and 20 December. The famous Chinese love tragedy 'Wailing at the Tomb and Transformation into Butterflies' from The Butterfly Loverstouches the audience with its beautiful tunes and despairing drama. Adapted from the Chinese classic novel Water MarginKilling Yan Xijiao in Wulong Mansionillustrates the compelling story of Song Jiang killing his wife Yan Xijiao in fury. The renowned Hong Kong Cantonese opera artist, Wan Fei-yin, is invited to be the guest director of the excerpts 'Punishing the Son' and 'Battle' from Beauty in Disguise, a stylised Hong Kong Cantonese opera.


Throughout the semester, the School of Music organizes concerts and masterclasses, many of which offer free admission to the public. Highlights include Academy Symphony Orchestra Concert conducted by Professor Sharon Choa, Dean of Music of the Academy on 29 November. Programme includes Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, op85. For details, please visit the Academy’s web page:


Date / Time / Venue



22.11.2019    8pm

23.11.2019    2:30pm

Academy Lyric Theatre


School of Dance: 
School of Dance Fall Performances


18-23.11.2019  7:45pm

23.11.2019     2:45pm

Academy Studio Theatre

School of Drama: BU21 by Stuart Slade
(Performance in Cantonese)


27-30.11.2019  7:30pm

30.11.2019     2:30pm

Academy Drama Theatre


School of Drama: The Woman in Kenzo 

(Musical in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles)


29.11.2019   7:30pm

Academy Concert Hall

School of Music: Academy Symphony Orchestra Concert conducted by Sharon Andrea Choa 



19-20.12.2019   7:30pm

Academy Drama Theatre


School of Chinese Opera: Gongs and Drums

(Performance in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles)



Tickets are available one month prior to the show at Hong Kong Ticketing’s box offices ( / 31 288 288). 


*Gongs and Drums tickets are available at URBTIX outlets ( in addition to Hong Kong Ticketing box offices. 

# All tickets are sold out




About The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (


The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning. In the QS World University Rankings announced in 2019, the Academy is ranked the 1st in Asia and the 13th in the world in the Performing Arts category.