HK actor Anthony Wong for Huayi Festival

Taiwanese dancer Huang Yi will perform with his robot Kuka.
Anthony Wong.
Taiwanese dancer Huang Yi will perform with his robot Kuka.
Taiwanese dancer Huang Yi will perform with his robot Kuka. PHOTO: JACOB BLICKENSTAFF

Hong Kong thespian Anthony Wong, Chinese fusion singer Gong Linna, as well as a Taiwanese choreographer-dancer and his robot companion are among the headlining acts for the Esplanade's Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2016.

The 10-day festival will start on Feb 12 and promises a string of drama, music, dance and inter- disciplinary performances, as well as non-ticketed programmes to be finalised later.

Tickets are now on sale at Sistic.

Wong, who is a familiar face in Hong Kong television serials and has starred in hit crime-thrillers such as the Infernal Affairs film series (2002-2003), will take the stage in a Cantonese adaptation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning play God Of Carnage.

  • BOOK IT / HUAYI - CHINESE FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2016

  • WHERE: Various locations at The Esplanade

    WHEN: Feb 12 to 21, various timings
    ADMISSION: Various prices

    INFO: www.esplanade.com/huayi/

He will be joined by fellow Hong Kong actors Louisa So, Olivia Yan and Poon Chan Leung in playing a quartet of squabbling parents.

Wong and Yan are co-artistic directors of Dionysus Contemporary Theatre, the theatre group putting up the play.

Says Wong in a press statement: "God Of Carnage's script is brilliant, with acrimonous lines, rich content and a high comedic factor."

Classical theatre will also feature at the festival, in the form of a Chinese spin on Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, billed as "a satire infused with Eastern aesthetics".

It is directed by Chinese director Huang Ying, with Japanese theatre director and philosopher Tadashi Suzuki on board as artistic director.

The festival also features interdisciplinary performances such as Beyond Time, a fusion of percussion and theatre by Taiwanese dance and drumming company U-Theatre.

Elsewhere, the realms of dance and robotics will intersect in Taiwanese dancer Huang Yi's performance with his robot companion Kuka.

There is a slew of offerings for music lovers as well.

Home-grown singers, including Olivia Ong, Jocie Guo, Jim Lim and Cavin Soh, will tackle the poetic compositions of local songwriter Chen Jiaming, such as Mavis Hee's 1995 hit Moonlight In The City and Ong's 2009 single Like A Swallow, which are both popular television drama theme songs.

Also in the line-up is Chinese singer Gong Linna, who straddles operatic, folk and contemporary singing styles effortlessly. She is best known for her performance of the scat-style number Tan Te, which propelled her to Internet fame in 2010.

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra will work with other performers to reinterpret four well-loved Chinese literary classics - Dream Of The Red Chamber, Romance Of The Three Kingdoms, Journey To The West and Water Margin.

Festival producer Mimi Yee says: "To engage our diverse audience, Huayi has always endeavoured to present a wide range of programmes that cuts across different genres. We like our audience to be inspired by the artists' new take on the arts."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2015, with the headline 'HK actor Anthony Wong for Huayi Festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe