26-*27.11.2021 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm
28.11.2021 (Sun) 3:00pm
Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District

$550 $420 $300 $180 (Evenings)
$450 $320 $220 $160 (Matinee)

Tickets available at West Kowloon Cultural District from 24 September 2021

Programme Enquiries: 3103 1889
Ticketing Enquiries: 2200 0022

*With post-performance Meet-the-artist session

Programme duration is about 1 hour and 15 minutes without intermission.
Please arrive at the venue 30 minutes before the performance begins.
Latecomers will not be admitted.
Audience members who leave the venue during the performance will not be re-admitted.

A poetic and​ dynamic dance ritual

Contemporary Dance Theatre Classic: Nine Songs

*House Programme (pdf version)

*House Programme (issuu version)


Internationally renowned choreographer Helen Lai teams up with the A-list creative team in an exciting blend of breathtaking spectacle and powerful ritual. Inspired by the work of the great Chinese poet Qu Yuan and composer Tan Dun, Nine Songs evokes the legends of the 3rd century BC in contemporary contexts, fusing the specially composed score with emotion and images of nature behind the ancient spirits of sky, rivers and mountains, the souls of the dead and the unquenchable hopes of the living.

Since its premiere in 1991, Nine Songs has been re-run and toured numerous times to critical acclaim. This 30th anniversary celebration is not to be missed!

The A-list Creative Team

Choreographer: Helen Lai
9-time winner of the Hong Kong Dance Awards
Awardee of the Award for Arts Archievement (Dance) from the HKADC (2003)
Awardee of the Award for Outstanding Contribution in Arts from the HKADC (2015)

Composer: Tan Dun
Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score

Set and Costume Designer: Tim Yip
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Art Direction
Awardee of the Film's Best Costume Design from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (2001)

Lighting Designer: Leo Cheung
9-time winner of the Hong Kong Drama Awards for Best Lighting Design
4-time winner of the Hong Kong Dance Awards

Sound Designer: Anthony Yeung
Winner of the Hong Kong Drama Awards for Best Sound Design
Winner of the Hong Kong Dance Awards for Best Sound Design

Make-up and Hairstyle Designer: Sunny Chan
7-time winner of the Hong Kong Drama Awards for Best Make-up Design
Founder of make-up academy


HKDC in Residence 2021

Chinese Calligraphy: King-hung Cheung with permission from designer Vera Chan
Images are for reference only


Guided Screenings of Nine Songs

World-renowned choreographer Helen Lai is well-known for her creative works inspired by classical music and literature. Thirty years ago, she transformed Nine Songs, an avant-garde and dramatic ritual opera written by Tan Dun, into a dance drama. Over the last 30 years, with frequent re-runs and numerous world tours, dance drama Nine Songs continues to accumulate and emanate energy and wisdom.

In addition to *screening recordings (excerpts) of past performances of Nine Songs, we have also invited Dr Joyce Tang and Dr Lo Wai-luk to share on the music and dance history of Nine Songs. Former performers of Nine Songs would also be present to share their stories in the journey of taking Nine Songs to the stage.

Event Details

The World of Tan Dun's Nine Songs
Date and Time: 17.11.2021 (Wed) | 7:30pm-9:00pm
Moderator: Dr Joyce Tang (Lecturer, School of Music, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts)
Guest: Raymond Wai-wa Leung (Percussion player, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra)
Venue: Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District (
how to get there) 


Helen's Nine Songs in Three Decades
Date and Time: 23.17.2021 (Tue) | 7:30pm-9:00pm
Moderator: Dr Lo Wai-luk (Honorary Resident Writer, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Guests: Qiao Yang (Resident Artist, City Contemporary Dance Company), Yang Yuntao (Artistic Director, Hong Kong Dance Company), Mandy Ming-yin Yim (Founder/Outreach and Education Director, Y-Space)
Venue: Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District (
how to get there) 

The events are free of charge.
Pre-registration is required with limited quota on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Performance excerpts of Nine Songs by courtesy of City Contemporary Dance Company