SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts

Diary VII • The Story Of......

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SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts

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Diary VII • The Story Of......

Date & Time

16 - 19 Sep, 2021 16 – 19.09.2021│8pm
18 – 19.09.2021│3pm


JC Cube




Trotting Down the Memory Lane with Feline Steps
Dance Theatre Diary VII • The Story Of......

In the wee hours of the morning with the moon lingering, Mui Cheuk Yin and her feline companion walk on tiptoes in the old city amid the dim light, dropping myriad forms of shadows on the dew-strewn cardboards…

One of Hong Kong's most iconic dancers and choreographers, Mui Cheuk Yin started the Diary project since 1986. It developed into a series of intimate and autobiographical dance works that see Mui navigate her illustrious career and, more importantly, making connection with the world through dance. In her latest work Diary VII • The Story Of......, Mui chronicles her stories with stray cats through text, images, sounds, and her agile moves to find subtle parallels between feline traits and her philosophy in life. The shrewd and astute gazes of the cats seem to penetrate beyond the ephemeral nature of the city over the years. With its delicate steps and gentle moves, the cats appear to caress the wounds suffered by the fading city.


Creative and Production Team
Choreographer/Dancer: Mui Cheuk Yin
Producer: Chung Siu Mui
Lighting Designer: Lee Chi Wai
Set Designer: Yuen Hon Wai
Costume Designer: Kay Wong
Sound Designer: Leung Po Wing

*Post-performance talk on 16.09.2021 (Moderator: Tang Shu Wing)

•    Certain dialogues are in Cantonese
•    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.
•    The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures

Media Interview

Ming Pao
The Culturist
RTHK - Weekend Culture


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Mui Cheuk Yin
Lee Chi Wai
Yuen Hon Wai
Kay Wong
Leung Po Wing


Mui Cheuk-yin received training in Chinese classical and ethnic dance in Hong Kong. She joined the Hong Kong Dance Company from 1981 to 1990 as the principal dancer. In 1985, she won the Hong Kong Young Choreographer Competition and received a scholarship to study modern dance in New York. Mui became an independent choreographer / dancer / teacher in the 90s. Under the auspices of Asian Cultural Council, she took part in the International Choreographer’s Programme at the American Dance Festival and performed at the East & West Center, University of Hawaii.  Mui was often commissioned by CCDC, the Hong Kong Dance Company and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to create new works.

Mui is an internationally renowned solo artist and dance ambassador for Hong Kong. Her work focuses on exploring human emotions and relationships. Her choreography has a distinctive aesthetic voice and, while contemporary, often incorporates Chinese elements. Her unwavering commitment and passion to strive for the best in dance has earned her numerous honours from the Hong Kong community, including four Hong Kong Dance Awards (2000, 2001, 2009, 2013) and the Distinguished Achievement Award (2012) presented by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and the award of Artist of the Year by The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2021) for her dedication and long-standing commitment to developing dance in Hong Kong. 

Her major works include Awakening in a Dream, Cursive Script, Fragrant Garden, Water Music, E-motion, As Quick as Silver, Stories about Certain Women, Eulogy, la grace, Between Bow and String, Of Grandeur and Desolation, Kinetic Body Operatics, Pink Lily, October Red, Duet 3X, The Enigma of Desire – Dali vs Gala, Lot˙us, Shui in Feng˙Shui, Desperately Seeking Miss Blossom, Season N in Seasonal Syndromes, Love Accidentally, The Tales of Miles in Triptych and Diary VI – Applause…, etc.

She has been invited to many international arts festivals including Hong Kong Arts Festival (1994, 2001), Belgium International Arts Festival (1994), Lisbon Culturgest (1995), Re:Orient Dance Festival in London (1995), Hong Kong Festival at the Berlin Tacheles (1996), la Biennale du danse de Val-de-Marne (1997), Ein Fest in Wuppertal 25th & 35th (1998, 2008), Venice Biennial Dance Festival (1999), Dancing-World Festival in Copenhagen (2000), the Lyon Biennale de la Danse (2000), Beijing Modern Dance Festival 2001, Dance Biennale Tokyo (2002) and the Images of Asia Festival in Copenhagen (2003). In 2000, Mui was invited by Pina Bausch & Folkwang Tanzstudio to choreograph Whispering Colour and to perform as a guest dancer in The Rite of Spring with Tanztheatre Wuppertal.

Lighting Designer

Born in Hong Kong in 1977.

Active in the Hong Kong dance community as a stage designer.

At the beginning of his career, he was fortunate enough to work in the technical department of the City Contemporary Dance Company. During that period of time, he met many people and things that had a far-reaching impact on the future.

Now in a passive but concentrated stage of creation, I hope to keep my head clear in this big era and insist on making works that I will remember later.

Design works include Chou Shu-yi & Cheng Chih-chung: The CenterAfter the Deluge by Kingsley Ng, Almost 55 choreographed by Chou Shu-Yi, OnView:Hong Kong-West Kowloon Freespace- by Sue Haley, SoLow choreographed by Lai Tak Wai.

Set Designer

A graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a degree in Set and Costume Design, Yuen Hon-wai is an accomplished theatre professional who has created set designs for over 200 productions, ranging from dance and drama to musical theatre. He is a three-time recipient of Hong Kong Drama Award, winning Best Costume Design for The Good Person of Szechwan in 2004 and Best Set Design for The Golden Dragon (2017) and Eve (2020). He also won Best Art Direction/Technical Arts of Year at the 2018 IATC (HK) Critics Awards for his work on On & On Theatre Workshop’s Tête-bêche. In addition, Yuen is a freelance theatre artist and theatre photographer, and works as a part-time lecturer and an Artist-in-Residence (Design) at the HKAPA.

Costume Designer

Fashion designer, artist and curator, currently focusing on upcycling dead stock material and garments.

She calls herself a fashion surgeon, creating Fashion Clinic in 2018.

Kay wants to give clothes a second chance at life, resuscitating dead stock and preloved clothing to close the loop of the consumption cycle.

2000-2003: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – BA Textiles Design

2003-2005: Royal College of Art – MA Constructed Textiles

2006-2016: Daydream Nation – Creative Director

Awards received:

- White Milan’s ‘Womanswear Inside White Award’, 2008;

- Perspective/Cierre Italia’s ‘40 under 40’ Design Award, 2009;

- Vogue Italia’s ‘Vogue Talent 2010’;

- Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Designers Award 2009, 2011;

- Winner of DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award, 2014

Sound Designer

Received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Sound Design in Why Not Kill Us All in 2018

Received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Sound Design in Over-master in 2020

Previous works include Le Pere, Pride by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. No News is True News by Windmill Grass Theatre. Project Next Wave, Dancers’ Home Work 2019, Why Not Kill Us All by City Contemporary Dance Company. Dingdingdingding, Over-master, Wu by Dance off Hong Kong Arts Festival. Mo Ngaan Tai by “New Force in Motion” Series 2019. Pretext Quartet by New Vision Arts Festival. Months on End by Chung Ying Theatre Company. Fallen, Bear-Men, Sentimental K, Qin Ai De Jin Zi 2.0 by Theatre Ronin. Once Upon a Time in Choi Yuen Chuen, A Poet in the Rainy Lane by Pants Theatre Production. The Room by Theatre Horizon & Hong Kong Dramatists. Only When You Sleep, it Works, Present Absentee and Absent Presentee by Littlebreath Creative Workshop. Three of Us, Woyzeck (2017), Phaedra’s Smile, Child of Light, Woyzeck (2014), City N and The Dream Play by Heteroglossia. Heteroglossia by Fong Ki Tuen and Oliver Shing.

*With kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

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