Tai Kwun Circus Plays 2022

Ho! Ho! Ho! Monkey King is Coming to Town

Tai Kwun Circus Plays 2022

Lunchtime Circus Playground

Circus Camp for Professionals

LIFE Event No. 2

New Boom in Circus

Rock It! Unicycle

Circus Playground

Only Bones v1.0

Ho! Ho! Ho! Monkey King is Coming to Town

PLI

Ting-koo-ki Mad Skills Battle

Date & Time

23 - 27 Dec, 2022 3pm - 3.40pm (24-27.12.2022)
7pm - 7.40pm (23-24, 26.12.2022)

Location

Parade Ground

Price

Free of charge

General

Following the exciting performance of The ChristMice Cracker in last year's “Tai Kwun Circus Plays”, the distinctive local creative team TS Crew keeps on turning classics upside down this year. Inspired by the legendary mythical figure Monkey King in Journey to the West, the team joins hands with the renowned local choreographer Mui Cheuk Yin to create Ho! Ho! Ho! Monkey King is Coming to Town – a brand new large-scale contemporary circus performance.

Defying the traditional framework of the classical Chinese epic, the show takes cyberpunk as its theme and brings together elements from circus, contemporary dance, bungee jumping, trampolining, parkour and tricking to Chinese opera. Based on the character traits of the Monkey King and various personae of the fantasy tale, a story about time-travelling, memory and rebirth is reimagined.

The performing arts group with members of different backgrounds will give their best feats to bring you an extraordinary performance – with a local touch of Hong Kong culture, exclusively shown at Tai Kwun!

Produced By: TS Crew
Concept and Artistic Director: Hugh Cho
Co-Choreographer: Hugh Cho, Mui Cheuk Yin
Associate Choreographer: Steve Ng
Rehearsal Instructor and Creative Performer: Alan Cheng, To Chi Sing
Performers: Hugh Cho, Steve Ng, To Chi Sing, Alan Cheng, Mao Wei, Henry Shum, Janet Wu, Natasha So, Lisa Cheng, Lego Shum, Leo Lau, Soames Lee, Natalie Mak, Ethan Cho
Sound Designer: Jaycee Kwok
Set Designer: Siu Wai Man
Producer: Andy Lo
Production Manager: Eva Chau

Remarks

  • Performance Duration: around 40 minutes
  • Suitable for age 3 and above
  • Activities are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.

About TS Crew

Founded in 2017, TS Crew (TS) is currently a three year-grantee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. With members of different backgrounds, including film, drama, Chinese Opera, dance, martial arts and stunting, TS appears in different arts festivals and platforms internationally, including an Asia tour to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China in 2018, a 11-day performances in UK in 2019, a global tour to Japan, Korea, France, Hungary and UK in 2022. Apart from overseas touring, TS curated a site-specific immersive art project at Tai Po Arts Centre in 2020 and 2021. To further enhance and promote the Hong Kong arts and culture, TS is planning to curate some platforms for staging the unique and stylish works of Hong Kong artists in parallel with TS’ own creation and production.


Biography

Hugh Cho
Steve Ng
Alan Cheng
To Chi Sing

The awardee of the Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer of the Hong Kong Dance Award 2019 and Award for Young Artist (Dance), the Hong Kong Arts Development Award 2020. Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Major in Contemporary Dance.

Cho joined Unlock Dancing Plaza as Artist in Residence from 2010 to 2014.

He choreographed, performed and directed dance video Oh! Million Fist! screened in the Clermont-Ferrand’s Short Film Festival 2018, and also awarded by International Performing Arts & Movie Awards (IPAMA) with Special Mention Award in the same year.

His work made in hong kong from 2014, performed in numerous cities in Asia, also performed in Tanzmesse in 2016.

Along, a solo work about Bruce Lee's philosophy about Martial Arts, premiered in 2017, and was chosen to be one of the best premier of the year by Europe Dance Magazine. In 2018, Cho developed the piece into a group work, and was invited to different countries in Asia, including Korea, Japan and Taiwan etc.

Cho is the co-founder of TS Studio, and the Artistic Director of TS Crew. With his unique background - started as a street dancer, trained in the academy, practiced Capoeira and acrobatic for years, work as a Cantonese Opera acrobats, he creates his own style of choreography.

A Capoeira professor and a performer, one of the co-founders of TS Crew and TS Studio, also the bassist of Hong Kong band "Wonderland". Actively involved and across different performing media and platform.

The capoeira background and training gave Ng a unique way to express himself with movements and flow.

Learning the beautiful art form capoeira at its origin Salvador-Bahia since 2001, Ng has been dedicated and passionated about it. 2008 graduated in GCB under supervision of Mestre Peixe. 2011 further study and develop the technique and knowledge in São Paulo with Mestre Girino, also attended the First International Capoeira forum hosted by Mestre Boneco in Rio de Janeiro. 2013 won the Hong Kong open capoeira competition. 2017 became the first and only Capoeira Professor in Hong Kong. The first Hong Kongese to achieve professor level in History. Steve held and participated numerous capoeira workshops over the world, which included : Brazil, USA, France, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Indonesia, the Mainland, Macau and Taiwan. Ng also involves in different forms of performing arts, including dance, movie and drama.

Cheng graduated with a degree in Sports Enterprise Management (Honours). He is currently the artist-in-resident of TS CREW, as well as a performer and Taekwondo & Martial Art Tricking coach. He has been heavily involved in different movements and works related to performing arts such as Made in Hong Kong, Along, Carefree, Gong Wu, and Busking everywhere  - No Dragon No Life etc. He has also been engaged in drama production, such as Starry, The Ravages of Time : Heros, Yokohama Mary, The Only King II, and Let's Hunt for a "Tiger" Tonight, among others.
Cheng has performed in many countries and regions, including the Mainland, Japan, Scotland, South Korea, Germany, and Taiwan. Cheng is also a member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association and joins different movies, TV and commercials as an action stuntman!

An action actor and core member of TS CREW. He has been involved in different movies, advertisements and microfilms. In recent years, he has started performing in drama and contemporary dance production, bringing different acrobatic elements into theatre performance.