SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts

Since When

SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts

The Sublime Progressions

Last Ride, Fresh Eyes (Podcast version)

I will die in my home

Since When

Butterfly Island

The Farewell Comeback Tour

The Forgiving Trees

Date & Time

14 - 17 Apr, 2023 14-17.04.2023 I 8pm - 9pm
15-16.04.2023 I 4pm - 5pm


JC Cube and Tai Kwun site-wide
Audience is required to register at “Laundry Step” to start the journey.




I lost my voice. It’s OK, you say, you will look for it, together with me...

Since when there is tumult everywhere, and no sounds;

Since when the consequence has lost the cause;

Since when the balance has lost the centre;

Since when I have lost my voice…

After losing the hearing and the words, before losing the memories and the hopes…

Perhaps, we can journey on a little bit more,

Seeking, perhaps finding nothing on the other shore,

But possibly, an echo from the nightmares: imagine,

The two of us, a door

Concept and words lyrics by Chow Yiu-fai. Music and songs by Joyce Tang. Since When is their first musical and lyrical co-creation, supported visually and spatially by Chan Wai-lap and other artists. The music is performed live by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, iii (Iris Liu) and a choir of young singers, with installations featuring audio-visual recordings by students from Hong Kong Baptist University. Since When invites us to join the journey of seeking, finding, remembering, imagining, hopefully recognizing, reclaiming what used to belong to us …

Creative and Production Team

Text and Co-creator:  Chow Yiu-fai
Composer and Co-creator: Joyce Tang^
Consultant: Kung Chi-shing

Solo Vocalist: iii (Iris Liu)
Soprano: Tiffany Lee
Mezzo-soprano: Leung Hei-na^
Alto: Bethia Kong^  
Tenor: Simon Tse    
Baritone: Michael Lee   

Music performance: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Conductor: Justin Wong*
Percussion and Performer : Karen Yu
Musician (Piano): Linda Yim
Musician (Violin): Euna Kim
Musician (Viola): William Lane
Musician (Cello): Pun Chak-yin
Musician (Double bass):  Kelvin Ng

Visual Concept and Installation Artist: Chan Wai-lap
Spatial Designer: Human Wu
Sculpture Artist: Eastman Cheng
Video Artist: Lo Lai-lai
Sound Designer: Anthony Yeung
Lighting Designer: Denzel Yung
Image Designer: Hofi Man
Stylist: Cheung Siu-mei

Producer: Orlean Lai
Coordinator: Lorin Siu
Production Manager: Lam Hing-lun
Stage Manager: Ng Tsz-ling
Assistant Stage Manager:Chan Ping-hang
Deputy Stage Manager: Chan Lok-sze
Video Operator: Yu Ka-ming

Soundscape & Image Creation (Participating Students)                          
Chan Chung-ming, Chan Sze-long, Cecania Cheng, Chung Wai-ha, Conchita Fung, She Tsz-yi, Tong Ngai, Tsang Ka-yin, Tse Cheuk-wing, Helen Tsui

Translation: Ray Ng
Sign Language Instructor: Rachel Chan

Promotional Photo: Dicky Ma @ DM studio
Make-up for Promotional Photo: Jenga Lee
Hair Styling for Promotional Photo: Gerund Cheung
Piano Sponsor: Piano Arts Service Limited
Wardrobe Sponsors: Atelier De Charlotte Csaséwfara, röyksopp gakkai, ZEP Liu

^ By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to participate in this project
*The Artistic Internship Scheme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Acknowledgement: William Choi


  • Ticked audience is required to gather at Laundry Steps for the start of their journey.
  • Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
  • Recommended for age 6 and above
  • Performance duration: around 60 minutes; Audience is required to walk around various locations. Please assess your physical condition if it is suitable for participation
  • Comfortable clothing is recommended
  • No cancellations, refunds or changes can be made on confirmed tickets
  • Latecomers will only be admitted at the suitable moments
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.

Event Photos


Tickets | $280

Tickets available at from 6 March 2023

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

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

  • 10% off for Tai Kwun Fan with valid discount code

SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts 2023 Package (Quota for discount package is full):

  • 15% off upon single purchase of 3 standard tickets of the same show

  • 20% off upon single purchase of standard tickets from 3 different shows

  • 30% off upon single purchase of standard tickets from 4 different shows

House Programme


Chow Yiu-fai
Joyce Tang
iii (Iris Liu)
Chan Wai-lap

Born in Hong Kong, Chow Yiu-fai received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. Currently a Professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University, Chow is also an award-winning writer. He released his first lyrics in 1989. Since then he has penned more than 1,000 lyrical works for a diversity of pop artists in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Lately, Chow has been increasingly involved in prose writing, multi-media and visual art projects.

Joyce Tang’s works have been described by Ablaze Records as “incisive and brilliant … a fresh compositional voice,” and have been premiered and performed worldwide. She has been exploring her voice by collaborating with artists in different disciplines, including visual arts, photography, literature, theatre, and dance.

She has attracted numerous commissions from musicians and performing groups. Her recent commissioned works include Double Exposure (for double string quartet) for Cong Quartet and Romer String Quartet, Blaze (for Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), Silver Lining (for symphonic wind orchestra), Moon Shadow (for pipa and piano), Deep into the Stillness (for erhu and piano), Kinetic Metallics (for prepared vibraphone), (Im)pulses (for dancer and percussion quartet), Remembrance of the Stonewall Trees (for sheng), in time of daffodils (for choir and orchestra), site-specific works Flow Like Water and Sounds of Disappearance, and various theatrical music for AFTEC productions. Her works were published on Navona Records and Ablaze Records.

Joyce Tang was awarded an Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2017. She also received a PhD in musicology at The University of Hong Kong. She is currently teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to participate in this project

Solo Vocalist
iii, aka Iris Liu. She infuses classical with pop music, along with a touch of contemporary jazz. Ever since created her first song in high school, she has been actively pursuing her stage career. She was graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a major in music composition, and has been scoring for commercials and films, including Hand Rolled Cigarette and A Guilty Conscience. In 2020, iii released her music debuts of Vaguely and Disguise, which had gained positive feedback widely from local music critics as well as music charts. Her first album - EYE EYE EYE was released in 2021, with an album release concert held in Nov, 2021. Her latest song Thunderless was released in June, 2022, which cooperated with singer Chan Kin-on has gained her critical acclaim.

Born in 1988, Hong Kong. Chan Wai-lap received his Bachelor of Art (Hons) in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University in 2011. His works address the relationship between a public space, humanities and the artist’s own inner self.

His works has been included in solo and group exhibitions in various art institutions, including Let’s Try Catching Steam with Bare Hands (Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, 2021), The Lonesome Changing Room (Art Central, Hong Kong, 2021), I Will Always Be On Your Side (Tai Kwun Contemporary, 2020), I Cannot Wait For Three Months (halka sanat projesi, Istanbul, 2019), I say Marco, You say Polo (Fringe Club, Hong Kong, 2019; School of Visual Arts, New York, 2018), The Bacteriology Drawing Lab (Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong, 2019), Everything’s Alright (chi art space, Hong Kong, 2016) and Yesterday’s (Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013). He awarded the Finalist of 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the Finalist of 2021 Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award, the Professor Mayching Kao Arts Development Fund, Project Grant (Emerging Artists Scheme) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and received The Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) of Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2019.