Searching for Utopia
Composing for Datong

To create a chamber opera about Kang Youwei, a visionary thinker in modern Chinese history and his vision for a perfect China – his Chinese Utopia – is no easy task. Take a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. In a series of talks, meet-the-artist session, backstage tour and exhibition, come and see all aspects of this production up close.


After winning the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Best Artist Award (Music) in 2013 for his HKAF-commissioned chamber opera Heart of Coral, composer Chan Hing-yan, Professor of The University of Hong Kong’s Music Department, immediately took up a new challenge: composing a chamber opera that incorporates both Chinese and Western instruments. HKAF’s Datong: the Chinese Utopia is the compelling result. In this talk, Professor Chan will share his thoughts on classical and contemporary music, including insights on the creative process, garnered from first-hand experience composing Datong. Suitable for everyone, even if you’re new to the art form.



In Cantonese



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15 Mar 2015 (Sun)  



Recital Hall, 8/F High Block, HK City Hall


Free admission. Registration required.



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