Piano Solo Storytelling: Spirits (2020) Piano Solo Storytelling: Spirits (2020) Piano Solo Storytelling: Spirits (2020)

Piano Solo Storytelling: Spirits (2020)

Season 2020 Playback

$420, $320, $220

23-24.10.2020 (FRI-SAT) 8:15pm

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • Sylvia Chang
    “After performing ‘Lenore’, I am in love with sound performances in recital style.”


    Yen Chun-Chieh
    “Pop singer’s concerts have glamorous stage effects;
    piano concerts can also jump out-of-the-box to be presented in a spectacular way.”


    Chiao Yuan-Pu
    “In fact, art is about interconnectivity.
    If you consider music and literature as separate entities, you have missed the point.” 


    Mathias Woo
    “I am always interested in non-narrative media, such as sounds and visuals, In ‘Spirits’, what we want to experiment is how to bring out poetic sentiments. Together with such a magical voice, music team, and the newly designed visuals, I look forward to the new and exciting sparks we create.”

  • 5 stories of spirits. 5 episodes of unrequited love. Piano Solo Storytelling: Spirits combines elements of piano solo, monologues, poems, light and shadow to re-enact the stories of spirits and love in classical music.


    Spirits is adapted from Before the Sunrise (2019) performed in Taiwan by Sylvia Chang – a renowned playwright/ director/ actress, Yen Chun-Chieh – a young pianist who won the Taiwan Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Performance, and Chiao Yuan-Pu – a classical music critic. In Hong Kong’s theatre space, with a revised stage design by cross-disciplinary multimedia theatre creator Mathias Woo, while Chang as the narrator mesmerizes the audience with her theatrical voice in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Yen’s piano performance will be live-streamed from Taiwan, revealing to the audience the desire and fervor for love and spirits embodied by the music.


    As the audience listens to Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns and Ravel, a dialogue between music and poetry opens before them. Be ready to experience a “literary and music programme about music and spirits”.

  • Programme

    Felix Mendelssohn / Sergei Rachmaninoff: Scherzo, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61
    Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand
    Charles Camille Saint-Saëns/ Franz Liszt/ Vladimir Horowitz: Danse Macabre, Op. 40 / S. 555
    Franz Liszt: Tre sonetti del Petrarca from Années de pèlerinage-Deuxième année: Italie
    Franz Liszt: Lenore

  • Creative Team

    Storyteller: Sylvia Chang
    Pianist: Yen Chun-Chieh
    Director & Design: Mathias Woo
    Poem Translation: Chiao Yuan-Pu

  • Production Team

    Hong Kong

    Producer: Doris Kan
    Technical & Production Manager: Chow Chun-Yin
    Sound Designer: Can. Ha
    Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok-Fai
    Illustrations: Lai Tat Tat Wing
    Video Production: Wing Chan, Li Ming
    Live Streaming Consultant: Ko Man-Kit


    Hair Stylist: Ben Lee
    Hair Assistant: Ceci Ng
    Make-up Artist: Annie G. Chan
    Make-up Assistant: Chong Yuen Yeun


    Rehearsal Master: Charmaine Cheng
    Deputy Stage Manager: Carmen Hung
    Video Operator: Johnny Sze
    Stage Manager: Satina Shum
    Assistant Stage Manager: Chan On-Ki
    Costume Assistant: Bonnie Chan
    Stage Assistants: Kenneth Chan, Chim Man Lung, Suen Kwok Wah, Yau Chun Hin
    Stage Interns: Chan Tin Yau, Chan Yuen Yee, Lee Hoi Yan, Leung Chun Wai



    Live Streaming & Shooting Director: Jim Shum
    Production & Stage Manager: Lin Kuan-Chun
    Technical Director: Alexander Lee
    Audio: Pao Min-Chie
    Audio Assistant: Lu Mei-Chieh
    Cameramen: Bo Xuan-Yuan, Liu Zong-Kuan, Ma Jia-Rui
    Wardrobe: Guo Ting-Yi

  • Admin & Marketing

    Hong Kong

    Company Manager (Administration and Finance): Jacky Chan
    Assistant Artistic Director: Cedric Chan
    Senior Programme Manager: Bowie Chow
    Public Relations Manager: Luka Wong
    Programme Manager: Ho Yin-Hei
    Assistant Programme Manager: Ricky Cheng
    Programme and Art Administration Trainees: Megan Hung, Stephy Yeung


    Typography: David Lo of LOMATTERS CREATIVE STUDIO
    Graphic Design: Rachel Chak
    Graphic Design Assistant: Coco Cheung
    Promotional Video: Chan Chin Ho, Wing Chan
    Photography (Styling): Kirk Cheung
    English Poem Proofread: Mona Chu, Moyung Yuk-Lin
    Translation (Promotion): Mona Chu
    Translation (Programme Notes): Joyce Cheung, Edgar Hung

  • Acknowledgements

    The Artist Channel

    Ms. Cherry Cheung

    Ms. Lien Pei-Ju

    Mr. Yon Fan

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