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Eileen Chang 100: Read Sing Eileen Chang (2020)

Season 2020 Playback

Theatre Music Video Premiere: 30 May (Sat)

Live Streaming: 6 Jun (Sat)

Online Replay: 21 Aug (Fri) & 28 Aug (Fri)

Live Performance: 27-28 Nov (Fri-Sat) @Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Based on Eileen Chang’s works

  • Read Sing Eileen Chang features texts selected from Eileen Chang’s novels and essays in the form of storytelling and singing, which are then integrated with creative stage technology by Zuni Innovation Lab led by Mathias Woo. The writings of Eileen Chang become three-dimensional as a team of musicians and performers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beijing engage in a creative experiment on sound, acting and technology. The show combines technology and live performance, blending a variety of traditional and modern forms of storytelling and singing. This inventive way of bringing Eileen Chang’s celebrated works to life again, builds on the experience of the Lab’s past presentations of In Search of Lost Time and Blind Musician Dou Wun.

     

    Texts, photos, illustrations from Eileen Chang’s works

    © Roland Soong and Elaine Soong through Crown Culture Corporation

     

    *This programme supports the “2020/21 Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students” presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

  • “It is rare that although there were only one actor and one actress on the stage talking, it can still be so intriguing and inviting.”
    Yonfan, Director

    “The enlarged photos and words of Eileen Chang have a swirling, enticing and gravitating
    power. Many paragraphs from Dui Zhao Ji have been selected and performed, which is not
    very often, being translated onto the stage also has brought a sense of immersive and present.”
    Carole Hoyan, Associate Professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

    “Using the words of Eileen Chang to create her sentimental chronicle is very interesting. It is also crucial to get the young to meet and know about Eileen’s literary legacy.”
    So Kowk-wan, Associated Program Director, Hong Kong Art Festival

    “An integration of different artistic styles – visual, digital, monologues, read sing, music, with Eileen Chang’s words; at such distressed times, the performance gave me comfort like novels and prose does”
    Beike, Online Audience

  • Zuni Experimenting Eileen Chang 100

    Eileen Chang, one of the most influential Chinese female writers in modern history. Zuni has reinterpreted various works by Eileen Chang. The year 2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Eileen Chang. In a tribute to this legendary writer, Zuni launches the Eileen Chang 100 – sound and visual experiment Read Sing Eileen Chang. Live-stream at the Studio Theatre in 2021 June, and Live performance at the Grand Theatre in November.

    Read Sing Eileen Chang features texts selected from Eileen Chang’s novels and essays in the form of storytelling and singing, which are then integrated with creative stage technology by Zuni Innovation Lab led by Mathias Woo. The writings of Eileen Chang become three-dimensional as a Hong Kong cum cross-strait team of musicians and performers engage in a creative experiment on sound, acting and technology. The show combines technology and live performance, blending a variety of traditional and modern forms of storytelling and singing, which are then juxtaposed with sounds and images from Zuni’s past works on Eileen Chang to create a new piece of work.

    *This programme supports the “2020/21 Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students” presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  • Creative Team

    Director, Script, Music Producer, Visual Design: Mathias Woo
    Performance: Rebecca Yip, David Yeung, Sylvie Cox (November production)
    Music/ Read Sing: Yao Chang, Yang Mo-han
    Voice-acting (Recording): Karena Lam
    Music/ Guitar/ Vocal (Recording): Cheer Chen

     

    Creative Coordinator: Cedric Chan
    Music Arrangement: Edgar Hung
    Sound Design & Mixing: Can. Ha
    Lighting Design: Adonic Lo
    Text Arrangement: Pia Ho
    Research & Script Assistants: Carson Chung, Megan Hung
    Video Production: Wing Chan, Li Ming
    Graphic Design: Rachel Chak
    Illustration of Eileen Chang: Lai Tat Tat Wing

  • Read Sing Songs

     

    Flamboyance and Desolation

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Eileen Chang
    Lyrics: F$$ (Yang Mo-han . Xiao-Zuo)
    Music: Yang Mo-han, Beat by Veysigz (Chinatown)

     

    My Dream of Being a Genius

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Eileen Chang
    Adapted Lyrics: Yang Mo-han
    Music: F$$ (Yang Mo-han . notbe), Blade901 x 5Head (Are You Afraid)

     

    Fan Liu-yuan

    Read Sing: Yao Chang
    Original Text: Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
    Lyrics: Yao Chang
    Music: Yao Chang, Lee (You’re Beautiful)

     

    Bai Liu-su

    Read Sing: Yao Chang
    featuring Rebecca Yip
    Original Text: Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
    Lyrics: Yao Chang
    Music: Yao Chang, Moon Juice (Ocarina Of Time)

     

    Tong Zhen-bao (Part 1)

    Read Sing: Yao Chang
    Original Text: Red Rose, White Rose by Eileen Chang
    Artistic Direction/ Producer: Mathias Woo
    Adapted Text: Yao Chang
    Music: Edgar Hung

     

    Tong Zhen-bao (Part 2)

    Read Sing: Yao Chang
    Original Text: Red Rose, White Rose by Eileen Chang
    Artistic Direction/ Producer: Mathias Woo
    Lyrics: Yao Chang
    Music: Yao Chang, Young Mozart (Waltz in G Flat)
    Kunqu (recording): Kong Aiping

     

    A Life in a Mansion

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Eileen Chang
    Lyrics: Youngbean, Yang Mo-han
    Music: Youngbean, Yang Mo-han, Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer (Come Rain Or Come Shine by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers)

     

    On Painting

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Eileen Chang
    Adapted Lyrics: F$$ (Yang Mo-han)
    Music: F$$ (Yang Mo-han), Eric Godlow Beats (Lovely)
    Read: Rebecca Yip

     

    Shen Shijun

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang
    Text: Yao Chang
    Music: LCS x Jurrivh (See The Lights)

     

    Love

    Read Sing: Yang Mo-han
    Original Text: Eileen Chang
    Adapted Lyrics: F$$ (Yang Mo-han)
    Music: F$$ (Yang Mo-han), Jazz Old School Rap Beat (Utopia)

  • Background Music

    Sonata for Viola da Gamba No.2 in D major, BWV 1028

    Performed by John Gibbons (Harpsichord)/ Andreas Brantelid (Viola da Gamba)
    Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

     

    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Fugue No.1 in C major, BWV 846
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Prelude No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 852
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Prelude No. 19 in A major, BWV 864
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV 868
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 877
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 890
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 Prelude No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 876
    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 Prelude No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889
    St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

    Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka (Piano)

     

    St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

    Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performed by Erich Majkut, Harold Buchsbaum, Laurence Dutoit, Maria Nussbaumer, Otto Wiener
    Academy Chamber Choir, Vienna Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor: Ferdinand Grossmann

     

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Composed by Modest Mussorgsky
    Performed by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

     

    Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.61

    Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
    Performed by London Festival Orchestra
    Conductor: Alfred Scholz

     

    The Moon’s Reflection on the Second Spring

    Music: A Bing
    Erhu: Hung Hung Kwan

     

    Three Rules and Eight Notices

    Lyrics arrangement: Cheng Tan and Collective Lyrics Adaptation
    Music: Unknown

     

    Movie Clips

     

    Love in a Fallen City (1984)

    Director: Ann Hui

     

    Women (1985)

    Director: Stanley Kwan

  • Production Team

     

    Technical and Stage Manager: Chow Chun Yin
    Production Manager: Carmen Cheng
    Rehearsal Master: Charmaine Cheng
    Deputy Stage Manager: Zeta Chan
    Disguise System Operator: Li Ming
    Video Operation: Johnny Sze
    Assistant Stage Manager: Chan On Ki, Megan Hung
    Make-up Artist: Billie Siu
    Hair Stylist: Lam Sai Choy Ricky
    Wardrobe Assistant: Ellen Kong
    Stage Crews: Kenneth Chan, Ray Chan, Chim Man Lung, Tse Man Kuen
    Backstage Interns: Chan Yuen Yee, Kong Siu Kit, Li Tsz Nang, Wu Yi Wen

  • Programme & Marketing

     

    Company Manager (Administration and Finance): Jacky Chan
    Company Manager (Programme): Doris Kan
    Senior Researcher: Theresa Leung
    Senior Programme Manager: Bowie Chow
    Public Relations Manager: Luka Wong
    Programme Manager: Ho Yin Hei
    Assistant Programme Manager: Ricky Cheng
    Programme and Art Administration Trainee: Stephy Yeung
    Video Documentation (3JBK production): Marco Chan Lok Him, Cheng Kwok Pan, Chow Yan Yip, Mak chun wah, Ng Yu Fung
    English Translation: Mona Chu, Megan Hung, Moyung Yuk Lin

     

    Graphic Design (Season 2020 “Art ‧ Society ‧ Technology” Key Visual): David Lo of LOMATTERS Design Studio
    Graphic Design Assistant: Coco Cheung
    Promotion Photos: Sunny Wong
    Documentary Photograph: Cheung Chi Wai, Apple Lai, Franz Lai, Vic Shing, Man Chuk

  • Acknowledgement

     

    Miss Cherry Cheung

    Prof. Carole Hang-fung HOYAN

    Mr. Hung Hung Kwan

    Ms. Anais Mak

    Ms. Elaine Soong

    Mr. Roland Soong

    Mr Ivan Wong

    Mr. Yonfan

    Crown Culture Corporation

    Media Asia Talent Management Limited

    Team Ear Music

    Workshop Studio