The 28th Macao Arts Festival feature a wealth of performances this week with Westland Feuds and Songs of Migrants crossing boundaries to explore several cultural spaces. Additional shows include the children’s musical Metamorphosis under Starry Night, as well as the Performing Arts Gala, which caters to all age groups.

 Westland Feuds

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On the 110th anniversary of Chinese theatre, the Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre takes to the stage on May 12 and 13th with a production Westland Feuds, adapted from the celebrated novel of magic realism. This production captures the essence of the book, portraying the unsophisticated, unbending and uncompromising resilience of the Shaanxi people despite difficult conditions.

 Songs of Migrants

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A new production by the Comuna de Pedra Arts and Cultural Association, Songs of Migrants is the first in a series of three works about migration by Macau director Jenny Mok. Running from May 12-14, the piece incorporated text, choreography, local sounds and folks music in a poetic ode to migrants and their relationship with society, the city and history.

 Performing Arts Gala

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Returning once again to Iao Hon Garden, the Performing Arts Gala, running from May 12-14, offering the public a wide array of performances over three consecutive evenings, including clowns, plays, puppet shows, an a capella choir, percussion and dance. Admission is free and open to the general public.

 Metamorphosis under Starry Night

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On May 13 and 14, the Little Mountain Arts Association takes to the stage with the children’s musical Metamorphosis under Starry Night. Adapted from Hong Kong-based theatre artist Anthony Chan’s work of the same name, the show employs puppetry and the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to demonstrate the unconditional love between children and their parents.

 Heterotopia

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Lastly, this edition of the festival, themed Heterotopia, aims to encourage the audience to change their usual way of thinking in order to understand—and enjoy—the diversity of contemporary living spaces. As such, distorting mirrors will be installed at the Macao Cultural Centre, Praça de Jorge Álvares and Old Court Building, to reflect the different images of familiar objects. Take a look and let your imagination run wild.

 28th Macao Arts Festival
Various venues
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Tags: Macao Arts Festival, Macao Cultural Centre, Little Mountain Arts Association, Anthony Chan, Iao Hon Garden, Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre, Jenny Mok