Performing arts in Hong Kongi

For news and reviews of the performing arts in Hong Kong - ballet, contemporary dance, opera, theatre, musicals and more - and interviews with key players from Hong Kong performing arts groups and visiting troupes, this is your page. Read about the productions of Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, City Contemporary Dance Company, Zuni Icosahedron, Hong Kong Dance Company, Chung Ying Theatre Company, as well as original commissions by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, New Vision Arts Festival, Chinese Opera Festival and the World Cultures Festival.

  • Christoph Poppen was a young child when his parents took him to see Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin perform, but it was the audience’s reaction that shook him most
  • Sixty years later he still often thinks of it and how it opened his eyes to the power of music and its ability to touch people’s hearts

Madagascar the Musical, an adaptation of the hit DreamWorks animation, is coming to Hong Kong. Producer Matthew Gregory talks about the challenges of putting on a big show.

‘I wouldn’t have predicted myself going to Hong Kong,’ says the humble DIY bedroom producer – who has collaborated with Frank Ocean and Japanese Breakfast, and played on Jimmy Fallon


Not sure about who to see at Hong Kong’s biggest music festival this December? We’ve got you covered with our list of recs, from Omnipotent Youth Society to NewJeans producer 250


In Musicus Soloists Hong Kong’s evening of Nordic music, violinist Angela Chan’s solo in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres stands out, while their playing of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Louis Lortie is eye-opening.

How will December’s Clockenflap festival differ from the March edition? Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap co-founder and head of music, talks about hosting two events in one year.

A performance of nervous intensity from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 is accompanied by artist’s film inspired by the work and by Soviet composer’s career.

Hong Kong theatre wunderkind Tom Chan is the youngest and only producer to stage a long-running musical show in the city. His aim, he tells the Post, is to put on shows that ‘will long outlive me’.

The opening show of the 2023 City Contemporary Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Stream of Dust, involves thousands of black ping-pong balls – and clouds of dust being pumped around the theatre.

A long-time Hong Kong jazz player and a relative novice decode the genre for new listeners, with tips on understanding its history, albums to listen to and what to look for when watching live jazz.

Celebrated soloist’s focused, warm and engaging tone, and communication with Hong Kong orchestra’s players, make for a memorable performance of Dvorak concerto. ‘Great listening’, indeed, as Ma said.

The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre actress tells Kate Whitehead about being the eldest child in a traditional family, her director grandfather’s dramatic death, and finding a new sense of purpose.

Mandy Harvey lost her hearing at 19 but later wowed Simon Cowell with her music on America’s Got Talent. The singer talks to the Post ahead of her performance with Hong Kong’s largest inclusive orchestra.

Maria Hassabi’s ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ live performance art show at Tai Kwun in Hong Kong sees dancers move at a snail’s pace in two contrasting rooms that create a shift in perception.

Is it live theatre, a concert, a puppet show or a talk show? Tao of Glass is all of those things, a humorous take on failure, death and acceptance involving puppets and Philip Glass’ minimalist music.

Ricky Hu Songwei, Hong Kong Ballet’s award-winning choreographer-in-residence, talks to the Post about studying in in China and New York and finding his artistic voice after switching to choreography.

Part of Hong Kong’s New Vision Arts Festival, the Hofesh Shechter Company’s Double Murder dance programme contrasts the nightmarish Clowns with the gentler The Fix.

German violinist’s playing of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 3 was by turns joyous, silky and seductive, and she gave an assured Asian premiere with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta of a concerto written for her.

The New Vision Arts Festival in Hong Kong always has an eclectic mix of dance, multimedia and music theatre. Highlights to look forward to this year include ‘a macabre comedy of murder and desire’.


The Vienna Boys Choir, returning to Hong Kong as part of a world tour to mark its 525th anniversary, has been through many changes since its early days, including the setting up of the Vienna Girls Choir.

Hong Kong troupe’s new production of Puccini’s opera Tosca is dramatically staged, but let down by the lack of chemistry between the singers in the lead roles.

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor exhibited phenomenal dexterity during his ‘Chopin & Liszt’ piano recital that brought the house down at the Hong Kong City Hall.

The explosive ‘psychedelic rave jazz’ trio are among the most exciting instrumental acts to emerge from the UK this millennium – so why are they peacing out after playing Freespace?


India by the Bay, a celebration of Indian arts and culture, returns to Hong Kong in October. Among its highlights are a wellness programme, gala dinner and Broadway-style Bollywood musical.

Presented by the China National Opera and Dance Drama at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tide of Era portrays China’s social, economic and technological development over the past 40 years.

Korean-British pianist Hyung-ki Joo talks about his tribute to Joseph Haydn featuring original pieces and works by Debussy and Ravel that he will perform with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.


The Elements for violin and orchestra has its Asian premiere with Joshua Bell as soloist, while performance of Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony will go down as a highlight of Jaap van Zweden’s tenure in Hong Kong.

‘There is still a chance,’ composer Charles Kwong said as he entered a rehearsal for the already delayed world premiere of his piano concerto with Typhoon Saola bearing down on Hong Kong. But it wasn’t to be.