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Yi Heng

Masters of Fine Art graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2009)

Emerging playwright who collaborated with many renowned stage veterans in the last several years, including Chan Ping-chiu, Ho Ying-fung, Helen Lai and Kung Chi-shing

Major work as playwright includes Jiao Qing (Hong Kong Arts Festival, 2011), The Heydays (Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, 2011) which was nominated for Best Play at the Hong Kong Drama Awards and Hong Kong Theatre Libre in 2012, O You Heavenly (Ho Bit Goon’s & Hong Kong New Vision Art Festival, 2012), Heart of Coral (Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013 and rerun in Taipei 2014), and A Fish in the Palm of Hand (Kung Music Workshop Production, 2015)




Heart of Coral

Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, chamber opera Heart of Coral is composed by Chan Hing-yan, renowned for fusion of Chinese and Western music, and director Helen Lai who is hailed as “the best dance choreographer in the Chinese-speaking world”. Joining the line-up was conductor Lio Kuokman, winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition 2014, and Louise Kwong, winner of Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb Ferruccio Tagliavini, in the title role.

Heart of Coral is a poetic and powerful portrait of Xiao Hong, a major female literary figure whose works have transcended the social and political contexts during her lifetime. The play cover Xiao’s significant life events: escape from an arranged marriage, journey with her lover in China, and settling in Hong Kong where she eventually died alone.