Buddhist Chants in Scent and Light
The Zuni Icosahedron season opener is an experimental performance based on a text that dates back 1,200 years to the Tang Dynasty, arranged by Master Kuan Pen in the 20th century in his book “Chamber of Scent and Light.” Through a mix of contemporary theater and traditional Buddhist rituals, Zuni’s performance explores the purification and calming aspects of chanting, as well as the heritage of the art of Buddhist vocal practices with the help of artistic directors the Venerable Sik Hin-hung of HKU’s Center for Buddhism Studies and the Venerable Sik Tsang-chit, abbot of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Buddhist nunnery. This performance is in Cantonese and Putonghua. Sep 22, 8:15pm;
Sep 25, 3pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, zuniseason.org.hk. $100-1,000 from urbtix.hk. PG Wodehouse’s lovable characters, Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves, come to life onstage in their new play—and play-within-aplay—”Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.” There’s a mishandled matchmaking, a silver cow creamer gag, and other classic Woosterian hijinks. Sep 13-25. Drama Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai. $450-650 from hkticketing.com. The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet
Hamlet gets a rock musical update as British cult band The Tiger Lillies team up with Danish contemporary theatre troupe Theatre Republique to retell the story of the young, tormented Danish king and the rain of blood which ensues as he comes to terms with who really killed his father. Balancing touches of cabaret, opera and gypsy music and the multimedia expertise of Theatre Republique, this stage adaptation is set to be an unforgettable experience—at least far more so than Mel Gibson’s version. Sep 9-10, 8pm; Sep 11, 3pm. Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Rd.,
Kwai Fong. $180-420 from urbtix.hk.
The Hunting of the Snark
In Lewis Carroll’s classic poem The Hunting of the Snark, a band of roving adventurers sets off to find the eponymous rare and near-mythical creature—but when they get to Snark Island, they’re not prepared for all the fantastical beasts that lie in wait. Don’t miss this rolling musical comedy as it makes its stop in Hong Kong.
Sep 20-25. Drama Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai. $395-550 from hkticketing.com.
2016 Asia International Dance Championships Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense