Natasha Rogai

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Review | Akram Khan in Xenos: dancing, design and music all incredible in story of Indian soldier during World War I

Akram Khan’s farewell full-length solo performance ‘Xenos’ in Hong Kong showed off his mastery of theatre, his trademark brilliant use of design and integration of live music, and hisown extraordinary dancing.

18 Nov 2019 - 5:03PM

Akram Khan’s farewell full-length solo performance ‘Xenos’ in Hong Kong showed off his mastery of theatre, his trademark brilliant use of design and integration of live music, and hisown extraordinary dancing.

Akram Khan in Xenos: dancing, design and music all incredible in story of Indian soldier during World War I
Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts by the Norwegian National Ballet: stunning choreography and performances in Hong Kong

In the Norwegian National Ballet’s starkly powerful retelling of Ibsen’s 1881 play for Hong Kong’s World Cultures Festival, production values offset complicated plot issues thanks to clever touches of theatre.

6 Nov 2019 - 8:51AM

In the Norwegian National Ballet’s starkly powerful retelling of Ibsen’s 1881 play for Hong Kong’s World Cultures Festival, production values offset complicated plot issues thanks to clever touches of theatre.

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts by the Norwegian National Ballet: stunning choreography and performances in Hong Kong
Review | Verdi’s Rigoletto: vivid acting, natural singing in Opera Hong Kong production that erred on the dark side

A work of startling relevance in the MeToo era, Rigoletto requires the right balance between the forces of light and darkness, one not quite achieved here despite the production’s excellence, vivid acting and natural singing.

16 Oct 2019 - 9:05AM

A work of startling relevance in the MeToo era, Rigoletto requires the right balance between the forces of light and darkness, one not quite achieved here despite the production’s excellence, vivid acting and natural singing.

Verdi’s Rigoletto: vivid acting, natural singing in Opera Hong Kong production that erred on the dark side
Actor on playing the white villain in Hong Kong film, and how he spotted a ‘bad guy’ niche to fill

In one of his first films, Frenchman Philippe Joly was only allowed one take, and got danger money – ‘Well, its explosives,’ they said; since then he’s died opposite Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan. Now he wants meatier roles.

18 Jul 2019 - 7:38PM

In one of his first films, Frenchman Philippe Joly was only allowed one take, and got danger money – ‘Well, its explosives,’ they said; since then he’s died opposite Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan. Now he wants meatier roles.

Actor on playing the white villain in Hong Kong film, and how he spotted a ‘bad guy’ niche to fill
Review | A Rite of Spring for our times from Hong Kong Ballet caps thrilling triple-bill season finale

Brilliantly choreographed, company’s new take on Stravinsky ballet about a sacrificial maiden makes it a parable of humankind’s destruction of nature; it was the pick of a thrilling triple bill of contrasting works danced with fierce commitment.

3 Jun 2019 - 6:07PM

Brilliantly choreographed, company’s new take on Stravinsky ballet about a sacrificial maiden makes it a parable of humankind’s destruction of nature; it was the pick of a thrilling triple bill of contrasting works danced with fierce commitment.

A Rite of Spring for our times from Hong Kong Ballet caps thrilling triple-bill season finale
Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai’s work celebrated in City Contemporary Dance Company double bill

Winterreise and The Rite of Spring show the range of Lai’s talent, from the intimate to the flamboyant. Her mastery of the stage is on display throughout, with outstanding performances from Chou Shu-yi and Irene Lo.

29 Apr 2019 - 3:00PM

Winterreise and The Rite of Spring show the range of Lai’s talent, from the intimate to the flamboyant. Her mastery of the stage is on display throughout, with outstanding performances from Chou Shu-yi and Irene Lo.

Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai’s work celebrated in City Contemporary Dance Company double bill
Review | John Neumeier greatest-hits tribute shows choreographer’s passion for dance

Hamburg Ballet veteran was on stage to narrate highlights of his journey through dance, performed as part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival; excerpts showed his ability to create both narrative and abstract ballet.

25 Mar 2019 - 5:22PM

Hamburg Ballet veteran was on stage to narrate highlights of his journey through dance, performed as part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival; excerpts showed his ability to create both narrative and abstract ballet.

John Neumeier greatest-hits tribute shows choreographer’s passion for dance
Review | Cloud Gate Dance Theatre choreographer Lin Hwai-min’s career celebrated after a life dedicated to dance

Lin, 72, has led Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre for nearly 50 years, and put Asian dance on the international map, but he steps down later this year. His iconic works are being performed at this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival.

22 Feb 2019 - 3:40PM

Lin, 72, has led Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre for nearly 50 years, and put Asian dance on the international map, but he steps down later this year. His iconic works are being performed at this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre choreographer Lin Hwai-min’s career celebrated after a life dedicated to dance
The Great Gatsby comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet jazz production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic

Artistic director Septime Webre pulls out all the stops with stunning visuals, gorgeous music and an abundance of good dancing. Where it falls short as an adaptation of a great novel, it makes up for in sheer entertainment value.

18 Feb 2019 - 2:39PM

Artistic director Septime Webre pulls out all the stops with stunning visuals, gorgeous music and an abundance of good dancing. Where it falls short as an adaptation of a great novel, it makes up for in sheer entertainment value.

The Great Gatsby comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet jazz production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic
Review | Almost 55 pays tribute to dancer Qiao Yang’s 23-year history at Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company

Qioa Yang, 55, shows off her astounding flexibility in this celebration of her career. The lighting and videography were brilliant, but some of the choreography failed to do the dancer justice.

29 Jan 2019 - 3:54PM

Qioa Yang, 55, shows off her astounding flexibility in this celebration of her career. The lighting and videography were brilliant, but some of the choreography failed to do the dancer justice.

Almost 55 pays tribute to dancer Qiao Yang’s 23-year history at Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company
2018 Hong Kong dance in review: a look back at the highs and lows – and what 2019 has in store

No fewer than three productions of Giselle, the farewell appearance of Jin Yao and an epic performance of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus were highlights. But Hong Kong Dance Company’s puzzling season was a disappointment.

29 Dec 2018 - 6:15PM

No fewer than three productions of Giselle, the farewell appearance of Jin Yao and an epic performance of Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus were highlights. But Hong Kong Dance Company’s puzzling season was a disappointment.

2018 Hong Kong dance in review: a look back at the highs and lows – and what 2019 has in store
Review | Insanity and martial arts: a strong, contrasting double bill from City Contemporary Dance Company

The first show, Nuts’hell, looks at psychiatric diagnosis and insanity. The second show, Jangdan, is a more commercial dance than contemporary.

10 Dec 2018 - 1:09PM

The first show, Nuts’hell, looks at psychiatric diagnosis and insanity. The second show, Jangdan, is a more commercial dance than contemporary.

Insanity and martial arts: a strong, contrasting double bill from City Contemporary Dance Company
Review | Giselle: immaculate dancing and outstanding performance by Hong Kong Ballet – review
  • Veteran dancer Jin Yao gives her ‘finest performance’ in emotionally charged ballet and guest dancer Marcelo Gomes lifts production to new heights.
29 Oct 2018 - 3:39PM
  • Veteran dancer Jin Yao gives her ‘finest performance’ in emotionally charged ballet and guest dancer Marcelo Gomes lifts production to new heights.
Giselle: immaculate dancing and outstanding performance by Hong Kong Ballet – review
Ballet star Marcelo Gomes on learning from the bad, and his new freelance career
  • Brazilian who quit American Ballet Theatre under a cloud relishes opportunities in his new career as a freelance. A guest in Hong Kong Ballet’s production of Giselle, he says the company can skyrocket under Septime Webre.
24 Oct 2018 - 7:19PM
  • Brazilian who quit American Ballet Theatre under a cloud relishes opportunities in his new career as a freelance. A guest in Hong Kong Ballet’s production of Giselle, he says the company can skyrocket under Septime Webre.
Ballet star Marcelo Gomes on learning from the bad, and his new freelance career
Tree of Codes review: visually arresting dance production needed more content and structure

Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes opened the New Vision Arts Festival with a full-length production that was stunning to watch but ran out of things to say.

22 Oct 2018 - 2:34PM

Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes opened the New Vision Arts Festival with a full-length production that was stunning to watch but ran out of things to say.

Tree of Codes review: visually arresting dance production needed more content and structure
Turandot by Puccini review: superb singing, great rendition of the score, but the plot is confusing

A co-production between Hong Kong Opera and New York City Opera, the show was a mixture of great vocal talent, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s great rendition of the score and a plot with a few weaknesses.

15 Oct 2018 - 3:00PM

A co-production between Hong Kong Opera and New York City Opera, the show was a mixture of great vocal talent, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s great rendition of the score and a plot with a few weaknesses.

Turandot by Puccini review: superb singing, great rendition of the score, but the plot is confusing
Dragonfly at Tai Kwun arts centre – stunning decor and quality drinks make for a classy night out

Ashley Sutton’s tribute to the Art Nouveau era is carried through in meticulous detail, offering a gorgeous array of Tiffany stained glass lamps, tables and candle holders, with classic cocktails to match.

10 Oct 2018 - 12:31PM

Ashley Sutton’s tribute to the Art Nouveau era is carried through in meticulous detail, offering a gorgeous array of Tiffany stained glass lamps, tables and candle holders, with classic cocktails to match.

Dragonfly at Tai Kwun arts centre – stunning decor and quality drinks make for a classy night out
Hong Kong Cool introduces local choreographers and artists in collaboration in a mixed bag

The annual choreographers’ showcase had its moments, but the original pieces showed signs of a lack of mutual inspiration between artists and dancers.

17 Sep 2018 - 5:47PM

The annual choreographers’ showcase had its moments, but the original pieces showed signs of a lack of mutual inspiration between artists and dancers.

Hong Kong Cool introduces local choreographers and artists in collaboration in a mixed bag
Mixology king Antonio Lai’s new Hong Kong speakeasy, Room 309 serves invisible drinks in a hidden room

A key card gets you into a dimly lit retro looking bar, where transparent cocktails can be ordered from an invisible menu. However, the staff are young and inexperienced and some of the drinks could be larger.

17 Sep 2018 - 1:16PM

A key card gets you into a dimly lit retro looking bar, where transparent cocktails can be ordered from an invisible menu. However, the staff are young and inexperienced and some of the drinks could be larger.

Mixology king Antonio Lai’s new Hong Kong speakeasy, Room 309 serves invisible drinks in a hidden room
The Wise King in SoHo – excellent service and tasty cocktails promise a long, successful reign

Founded by two celebrated mixologists, Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar, the bar’s regal interior sets the tone, and the signature cocktails focused on adding a Spanish twist to classic concepts, complements it perfectly.

30 Aug 2018 - 6:43PM

Founded by two celebrated mixologists, Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar, the bar’s regal interior sets the tone, and the signature cocktails focused on adding a Spanish twist to classic concepts, complements it perfectly.

The Wise King in SoHo – excellent service and tasty cocktails promise a long, successful reign
Review | Lewis Carroll’s Alice comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet production, its first choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre

The first production choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre that the troupe has performed, this Alice is magically inventive and packed with spectacular effects

21 Aug 2018 - 7:24PM

The first production choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre that the troupe has performed, this Alice is magically inventive and packed with spectacular effects

Lewis Carroll’s Alice comes alive in Hong Kong Ballet production, its first choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre
The Artist House in Causeway Bay – lots of potential, but limited craft beer selection a worry

In this generous space, patrons can choose from four craft beers from The Artist, a brand of artisanal beer from Belgium on sale here, but more choices are needed if it’s to compete in Hong Kong’s overcrowded craft beer market.

16 Aug 2018 - 7:28PM

In this generous space, patrons can choose from four craft beers from The Artist, a brand of artisanal beer from Belgium on sale here, but more choices are needed if it’s to compete in Hong Kong’s overcrowded craft beer market.

The Artist House in Causeway Bay – lots of potential, but limited craft beer selection a worry
Hongkonger wins Margot Fonteyn award and bronze medal at prestigious ballet competition

The competition for dancers aged 15-19 and organised by Britain’s famous Royal Academy of Dance, was held in Hong Kong and 16-year-old local dancer Jordan Chan took home the award. Gold medals went to Australian Joshua Green and New Zealander Monet Hewitt.

13 Aug 2018 - 5:46PM

The competition for dancers aged 15-19 and organised by Britain’s famous Royal Academy of Dance, was held in Hong Kong and 16-year-old local dancer Jordan Chan took home the award. Gold medals went to Australian Joshua Green and New Zealander Monet Hewitt.

Hongkonger wins Margot Fonteyn award and bronze medal at prestigious ballet competition
Pong at the IFC – beer pong, Instagram-ready drinks and suits galore on the roof of ritzy Central mall

The ping pong ball drinking game at Pong is drawing the crowds eager to let down their hair after work, the signature cocktails look impressive, and there’s a striking neon feel to the place when the sun goes down. This bar’s a keeper.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The ping pong ball drinking game at Pong is drawing the crowds eager to let down their hair after work, the signature cocktails look impressive, and there’s a striking neon feel to the place when the sun goes down. This bar’s a keeper.

Pong at the IFC – beer pong, Instagram-ready drinks and suits galore on the roof of ritzy Central mall
Murray Lane bar review: sleek, with stellar cocktails and service to match in new Central hotel

Murray Lane may be away from your usual Central hangouts, but this bar at the new Murray Hotel is a perfect venue for a chilled after-work drink or even a relaxed business meeting. Food is served all day too.

19 Jul 2018 - 8:45PM

Murray Lane may be away from your usual Central hangouts, but this bar at the new Murray Hotel is a perfect venue for a chilled after-work drink or even a relaxed business meeting. Food is served all day too.

Murray Lane bar review: sleek, with stellar cocktails and service to match in new Central hotel
Scottish Ballet’s lively production of Hansel & Gretel will have kids of all ages going home happy

The Grimm Brothers’ tale performed in Hong Kong has been given a few twists and a Scottish flavour by choreographer Christopher Hampson, and benefits from stunning visuals and simple comedy that children will identify with

9 Jul 2018 - 1:02PM

The Grimm Brothers’ tale performed in Hong Kong has been given a few twists and a Scottish flavour by choreographer Christopher Hampson, and benefits from stunning visuals and simple comedy that children will identify with

Scottish Ballet’s lively production of Hansel & Gretel will have kids of all ages going home happy
Giselle review: Akram Khan and English National Ballet put on breathtaking Act 1, second act lags behind

Khan’s reimagining of the classic ballet leads the audience on a roller-coaster ride in the first act, with Crystal Costa shining in the title role, although the sombre lighting sometimes made it hard to make out the dancers on stage.

2 Jul 2018 - 3:17PM

Khan’s reimagining of the classic ballet leads the audience on a roller-coaster ride in the first act, with Crystal Costa shining in the title role, although the sombre lighting sometimes made it hard to make out the dancers on stage.

Giselle review: Akram Khan and English National Ballet put on breathtaking Act 1, second act lags behind
Hong Kong Ballet triple bill is energetic and well danced, but programme lacks ‘wow’ factor

‘Wheeldon, Ratmansky, McIntyre and The Beatles’ features contrasts in choreographic style, but not in mood – and none of the works on show have the kind of substance you can get your teeth into.

4 Jun 2018 - 1:01PM

‘Wheeldon, Ratmansky, McIntyre and The Beatles’ features contrasts in choreographic style, but not in mood – and none of the works on show have the kind of substance you can get your teeth into.

Hong Kong Ballet triple bill is energetic and well danced, but programme lacks ‘wow’ factor
Opera Hong Kong’s Carmen production wows audience with irresistible music and gutsy performances

Timeless story about passion and freedom is brought to life by world-class artists, including Armenian opera singer Varduhi Abrahamyan whose huge voice matches her thrilling stage presence

21 May 2018 - 1:48PM

Timeless story about passion and freedom is brought to life by world-class artists, including Armenian opera singer Varduhi Abrahamyan whose huge voice matches her thrilling stage presence

Opera Hong Kong’s Carmen production wows audience with irresistible music and gutsy performances
Dear Lilly in Central review: floral cocktails are well-made and attractive, but concept is odd

Ashley Sutton opens another fantasy-themed bar in the IFC. The Parisian flower shop-styled interior is attractive if incongruous in its high-rise location, but there is nothing wrong with the signature cocktails

3 Apr 2018 - 11:02PM

Ashley Sutton opens another fantasy-themed bar in the IFC. The Parisian flower shop-styled interior is attractive if incongruous in its high-rise location, but there is nothing wrong with the signature cocktails

Dear Lilly in Central review: floral cocktails are well-made and attractive, but concept is odd