The Flight of the Jade Bird

Jade Bird, will you stay or will you fly?

Concept/Artistic Direction/Music/Text: Mark Chan

Music Director: Julian Wong

Choreographer and Dancer: Mui Cheuk-yin


The most evocative operatic tone-poem yet from renowned Singaporean composer Mark Chan


Leading Asian musicians, opera singers and a solo dancer weave together an intriguing contemporary fable


Caught between the material and the spiritual, the ancient Jade Bird faces a dilemma: to depart for transcendental solitude or to remain to fight against brash modernity. Conflicts grow when the reclusive bird becomes friends with a young boy interested to learn about the past…


Best known for his enchanting compositions that create a unique blend of east and west, Singaporean Mark Chan showcases his versatility in this eclectic production inspired by the mythology that envelops ancient pieces of jade in many cultures. Here, Chan taps into jade’s spiritual quality, historical value and its special relationship with the bearer to create an imaginative and endearing tale.


Top artists from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan bring an array of talents to this  epic production. Leading opera singers from the region join renowned Hong Kong soloists Wong On-yuen (erhu) and Guo Yazhi (suona), Singaporean cellist Leslie Tan and other singers and musicians in orchestrating a brilliant fusion of diverse sounds. Celebrated Hong Kong dancer-choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin also deftly expresses the Jade Bird’s internal struggles, delivering a soul-searing performance.


Mark Chan

Dubbed  “Singapore’s music genius”, Mark Chan is a composer, producer, singer, poet and painter. Over the past two decades, he has presented a wide range of works in different parts of the world. Notable stage productions include Email & Eternity, a collaboration undertaken with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2003, and chamber opera Opiume, co-produced by the New Vision Arts Festival and Singapore Arts Festival in 2004. Chan’s score for the 1930s Chinese silent film Little Toys in 2003 has earned widespread critical acclaim in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and Copenhagen.


8-10.11 (Thur – Sat) 8pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre


$260   $180


Some $180 seats may have restricted view

Approx 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission

In English with Chinese and English surtitles

Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 9 November

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Photos: Alex Chan/ Edmund Low

Design: Joyce Ng@Metafusion

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