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Memory Trace of Western Chamber

Memory Trace of Western Chamber

­­­Memory Trace of Western Chamber


In an eagerly awaited return to stage, seasoned dance artist Elsie Chau Kam Ngai partners with choreographer Ong Yong Lock in presenting the production Memory Trace of Western Chamber. Delving deep into her own past, Chau draws the audience into a soul-searching dance theatre through the lens of Cui Yingying, the central character of the Chinese classic Romance of the Western Chamber.

The new commission dance piece marks Tai Kwun’s continuation of featuring established and renowned female dancers which previously included Mui Cheuk-yin and Gigi Yang. As principal dancer with the Hong Kong Dance Company during the 1990s, Chau has flourished locally yet carries the indelible identity of an outsider. The paradox ignites her passion for creating this dance using the feudal-background Western Chamber as background.

The solo performance is equally dance spectacle and bringing on stage Chau’s own vignettes in life. As she embodies Cui, a fascinating literary heroine who defies social mores, Chau parallels the character’s emotions as they both forge their own paths through obstacles.

Bolstered by text from dramaturge Mann Chan and lighting design by Lee Chi Wai, Memory Trace of Western Chamber not only showcases Chau’s dancing prowess but also invites the audience to embark on a journey that summons old memories and finds new poignancy.


  • Performance lasts for around an hour, part of the performance will be in Shanghainese, Putonghua and Cantonese with no surtitles
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above
  • No latecomers will be admitted
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements
  • Unlock Dancing Plaza is financially supported by the HKADC

Creative and Production Team

  • Concept Creation and Performer: Elsie Chau
  • Concept Creation and Choreographer: Ong Yong Lock
  • Dramaturg and Playwright: Mann Chan
  • Lighting Designer and Creative Support: Lee Chi Wai
  • Produced by: Unlock Dancing Plaza

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable, available on a first-come-first-served basis for designated shows:

  • 40% off for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders and full-time students

SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts 2024 Package:

  •  5% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 2 different shows
  •  10% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 3 different shows
  • 15% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 4 different shows
  •  20% off upon single purchase of standard ticket from 5 different shows

* When using package ticket, the Double-Billed "Labyss & Retry Login" is counted as one programme.




from: 300 HKD



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