Danny Yung Experimental Theatre

The Birth of Tragedy

Grand Theatre,
Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2024.7.19 (Fri) 8:15pm
2024.7.20 (Sat) 8:15pm
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Danny Yung Experimental Theatre

The Birth of Tragedy

The tragedy of birth, the birth of tragedy.


A theatrical work probing into the relationship between Nietzsche and Wagner, which was like a love affair between philosophy and art. Their relationship will be deconstructed by disengaging viewpoints from the subject, and immersing in actions evolving from a multitude of interchangeable, mutually understood concepts. What was born out of the death of faith?


“Reinitiating a theatre experiment concerning the exploration of relationships and art, with the theme of ‘tragedy’ in the tradition of Western theatre.”

— JET magazine

  • Creative Team


    • Artistic Director, Director & Designer

      Danny Yung

    • Guest Actors

      Lyu Ting-an (Nanjing)Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)

    • Performers

      Martin ChoyChuk Yin-manKang Bo-neng (Taichung)

    • Music

      Steve Hui (aka Nerve)

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    Following his 5-year explorative series of The Interrupted Dream, the Birth of Tragedy is Yung’s new work using the theme of TRAGEDY to reconstruct theatre experimentation on relationship and art. From the German philosopher who was profoundly influential to the development of 20th century philosophy, to the context of contemporary audiences; from the Wagner operas Nietzsche once so fondly embraced and later contemptuously reviled, to noise music that tries to reestablish the boundaries of music, Yung continues with his ultra-minimalist theatre design of One Table Two Chairs, creating a platform for dialogues across consciousness, generations, cultures.


    “I step back a hundred steps, attempting to deconstruct Nietzsche and Wagner, that is a love relation of philosophy and art. He once adored him, then despised him, as if it were idle chatter before and after meals. He still tries to sort out his own voice amidst noises, and dramatically announcing, as if the collective mythology has ended, and his own mythology has begun.”

    – Danny Yung

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