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The Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series’ Journey to the West Rewind / Women Like Us provides two bold subversions of the “happily-ever-after”. These separate adaptations inspired by the Ming dynasty classic and two of Hong Kong author Xi Xi's short stories are presented in Chinese and Western operatic formats, respectively.

In view of the uncertainty of venue availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this programme will be presented online only; date to be announced on this website.

Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series
Journey to the West Rewind/Women Like Us


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Music Theatre Journey to the West Rewind

Journey to the West Rewind is an audacious reinvestigation of the Cantonese opera art form and the eponymous literary classic. Having traversed thousands of miles of dangerous terrain, Tang Sanzang and his disciples finally complete their perilous pilgrimage to obtain sacred Buddhist texts. But at journey’s end they find the Book of Heaven is blank. By taking us back to the saga’s climactic moment of enlightenment, Journey to the West Rewind asks how we carry on when things don’t turn out as expected and we find ourselves right back at the start.

Chamber Opera Women Like Us

The Cantonese-language chamber opera Women Like Us is a singing tribute to Hong Kong’s literary grande dame Xi Xi and the two protagonists of her beloved short stories “A Girl Like Me” and “The Cold”. One is a mortuary cosmetologist living in the bleak world of the dead; the other, a social worker trapped in a lifeless marriage to please her family. Soprano Kenix Tsang and mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong take the libretto to soaring heights, spinning a tale of two women finding the courage to not only face the cold shadows of loneliness, but walk towards the radiance of solitude, embracing the unknown.

Approx 2 hrs 10 mins incl one interval
Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
This production was originally scheduled to premiere at the 48th HKAF in 2020
Cast and Production

Journey to the West Rewind

Script / Music
Kong Chun-kit

Ata Wong

Cast / Ensemble
Kong Chun-kit
Chan Chi-kong
Kenji Lo
Lee Kwok-cheung
Ng Kwok-wa
Chen Zhiwei
Chen Yun

Women Like Us

Original Stories
Xi Xi

Daniel Lo

Wong Yi

Olivia Yan

Perry So

Kenix Tsang
Samantha Chong
Law Tsz-ying
Dominique Chan
Frankie Liu
Caleb Woo
Lam Kwok-ho

Nina Yip

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble