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Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2005

From traditional inspirations to modern-day evolutions, Huayi presents a colourful spread of programmes in celebration of Chinese arts and artists.
So join us as Huayi takes off on Friday, 11 February, with an auspicious 9-Dragon Dance to usher in the Year of the Rooster.

Huang Shu Jun (Taiwan)
11 & 12 Feb (Fri & Sat) Esplanade Recital Studio $38
Be charmed as this singer-songwriter extraordinaire, who has penned many memorable hits, performs in this intimate concert of original songs and light-hearted dialogues in his inimitable amiable style.

Total Woman by Performance Workshop (Taiwan)
11 & 12 Feb (Fri & Sat) Esplanade Theatre $30, $40, $50, $60
Acclaimed playwright Stan Lai returns with this brand new production that arrives hot from its world premiere in Taiwan. Featuring three of Taiwan�s most accomplished actresses, this production explores the tradition of xiang sheng and gender roles in a light-hearted style that will surely be an entertaining treat for all!
Ménage à 13 by The Theatre Practice (Singapore)
11 & 12 Feb (Fri & Sat) Esplanade Theatre Studio $30
Follow the laughter and tears of four lost souls in their search for love in this play also written by Stan Lai that examines freakish family ties and extramarital entanglement. Scandalous, outrageous and deliciously irresistible!
A co-production of Esplanade and The Theatre Practice

My Funny Valentine by Elaine Liu (Hong Kong)
14 & 15 Feb (Mon & Tue) Esplanade Recital Studio $25
Let Elaine Liu, one of Hong Kong 's premier jazz vocalists, serenade you with her distinctly smoky voice.

Yang Xue Fei Solo Guitar Recital - East meets West (China)
15 Feb (Tue) Esplanade Concert Hall $36
Regarded as one of the world's master guitarists who has captivated audiences from around the world. Don�t miss the Singapore debut of this classical guitar virtuoso as she casts that same enchanting spell over Singapore audiences.
Love in a Doggy Bag by McMuiMui Dansemble (Hong Kong)
15 & 16 Feb (Tue & Wed) Esplanade Theatre Studio $25
For a quirky and tender exploration of two Chinese girls searching for their roots, catch Love in a Doggy Bag.
Shen Wei Dance Arts (USA)
15 & 16 Feb (Tue & Wed) Esplanade Theatre 8pm $30, $45, $60
Be swept away by this Asian debut of a visually stunning double-bill - Rite of Spring and Folding - that has enjoyed sold-out seasons in the USA, Holland and Israel.
Guan Yin - Our Lady of Compassion by Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu (USA)
18 & 19 Feb (Fri & Sat) Esplanade Recital Studio $25
Be touched by the story of a boy whose life is changed forever by his grandmother's tale, in Guan Yin (Our Lady of Compassion).

Thunderstorm by Singapore Chinese Orchestra (China, Singapore, USA, Malaysia)
18 Feb (Fri) Esplanade Concert Hall 7:30pm $20, $30, $40, $60
A concert opera adapted from acclaimed Chinese novelist Cao Yu�s famous work Lei Yu, featuring a battleforce of luminaries including Chinese talents Gao Man Hua and Wei Song, award-winning theatre director Goh Ban Teck, with music composed by Mo Fan and performed by Singapore Chinese Orchestra. A stirring production not-to-be-missed!
A co-production of Esplanade and Singapore Chinese Orchestra
All That Shanghai Jazz (China/Hong Kong)
19 & 20 Feb (Sat & Sun) Esplanade Theatre $25, $40, $60, $80, $100
Relive Shanghai of the 30s with Big-Band-style interpretations of favourite jazz tunes and Chinese oldies. The mood is set with an eclectic blend of exotic mood lighting, slick choreography and video projections.
Co-commissioned and co-produced by Esplanade and Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Mu Gui Ying by Li Liuyi Drama Studio (China)
19 & 20 Feb (Sat & Sun) Esplanade Theatre Studio $25
A lyrical production of Peking Opera with a contemporary twist by acclaimed Chinese director Li Liu Yi that transports you to the inner world of Mu Gui Ying, the war heroine of many Chinese historical novels and operas.

PLUS! Don't miss these FREE fringe events:
Look out for various film screenings and the very colourful and animated Guangxi Puppet Troupe of China, while a stunning host of guests including SK Poon, Ling Xiao and many others will usher in the New Year in 'A Celebration of Spring '.
Tickets from Esplanade Box Office and SISTIC's authorised agents.
SISTIC hotline: (65) 6348 5555. For group bookings please call: (65) 6828 8389.
A SISTIC booking fee applies for all tickets. Latecomers will only admitted during suitable breaks/intermission. No admission for infants in arms and children below six years old. Tickets are required for all patrons.



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