The Experimental Chinese Opera Series presents new and original works that transcend the traditional artistic boundaries of Chinese opera practices – offering fresh interpretations, shorter performance lengths and innovative narratives and presentation techniques.

After the first series in 2017, this year’s programme includes a re-run of the Xiqu Centre’s first commissioned production, the experimental Cantonese opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation), as well as the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe’s experimental Kunqu Opera The Chairs, adapted from Eugène Ionesco’s 1952 Theatre of the Absurd play Les Chaises, and the experimental Yue Opera Destiny of Rebirth by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group.

The Experimental Chinese Opera Series marks the second of our exchange performance showcases, and our continued exploration of new paths of artistic development.

Programmes and Time




1, 2, 4–6, 8–12 October 20191


Experimental Cantonese Opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation)|Approximately 70 minutes (No intermission)

18–19 October 2019


Experimental Yue Opera Destiny of Rebirth*|Approximately 65 minutes (No intermission)

19 October 20192


23–24 November 20193


Experimental Kunqu Opera The Chairs*|Approximately 70 minutes (No intermission)

*The Chairs and Destiny of Rebirth are recommended by the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas


1 October – 24 November 2019

Studio 1, Xiqu Centre


Package Discount Offer:
10% discount for purchases of standard tickets for all three performances of the Experimental Chinese Opera Series 2019. Tickets must be purchased in one transaction at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office or via the ticketing hotline (852) 2200 0022 only.

(Discount does not apply for concession tickets)

* Subject to availability.

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

1Tickets are available from 15 July 2019 via online and telephone booking as well as at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office, open from 10am to 9pm daily.
From 16 July 2019, tickets are also available at selected Tom Lee outlets (Olympian City and Shatin) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

2Experimental Yue Opera “Destiny of Rebirth” by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group scheduled on 18 and 19 October 2019 (Friday and Saturday) is cancelled. Ticketing Enquiries: (852) 2200 0022

3Experimental Kunqu Opera "The Chairs" by the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe on 27-28 September and 23-24 November 2019 are cancelled. Ticketing Enquiries: (852) 2200 0022

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