An experimental art pioneer and one of the most influential artists in Hong Kong, Yung is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron. In the past 40 years, Yung involved extensively in multifarious fields of the arts, including theatre, cartoon, film and video, visual and installation art.
Yung was awarded Artist of the Year (Theatre), The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2015
In 2014, Yung was awarded the Fukuoka Prize – Arts and Culture Prize.
In 2009, Yung was bestowed the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his contributions towards the arts and cultural exchange between Germany and Hong Kong.
In 2008, with Tears of Barren Hill he garnered the Music Theatre NOW Award presented by theUNESCO’s International Theatre Institute.
Woo’s theatre works explore subjects as wide-range as literature, history, architecture, religion, current political affairs. The multimedia architectural musical series The Life & Times of Louis I . Kahn, Looking for Mies and CORBU became the hallmark in the scene of Hong Kong theatre. In 2009, Woo initiated and curated “Architecture is Art Festival”, the first of its kind themed on architecture in Hong Kong.
Composed and produced music for many Hong Kong pop singers, such as Anita Mui, Anthony Wong, Miriam Yeung, HOCC. Founding member of music production company People Mountain People Sea. Nominated twice for the Best Original Film Score in the Hong Kong Film Awards with music created for Prince of Tears and Hold You Tight.
Famed Kunqu opera artist Shi Xiaomei is a National Class One performer. Shi has been included twice in Who’s Who In The World. Shi is the winner of the Plum Blossom Award and Wen Hua Award. In 2002, Shi was jointly recognised by the UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture as the devoted outstanding Kunqu artist. In 2009, Shi was named National Maestro of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Awarded UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2011 in recognition of his long term commitment to promote the art of kunqu, Zhang is National Class One performer who won the Meihua (Plum Flower) Award, the most distinguished honour in performing arts in China. A student of different maestros included Cai Zhengren, Yue Meiti, Zhou Zhigang and Yu Zhenfei, Zhang regarded as the “Prince of Kunqu” specializes in the young-man role type. He has performed leading roles in such well-known xiqu plays such as Peony Pavilion, Palace of Eternal Youth and The Jade Hairpin.
Apart from his achievements as a performing artist, Zhang has devoted himself to introducing the kunqu tradition to audiences, in particular to young people, throughout China and abroad. In his effort to promote the art of kunqu, he has worked with a number of performing artists in different fields, including musician Tan Dun, the conductor of Muhai Tang, Japanese Kabuki actor Ichikawa Emiya, British Violinish Charlie Siem, Chinese-American pop singer Leehom Wong and American Jazz master Bobby McFerrin. Zhang has also played the leading role in Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo which was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.
Sigmund Freud, famous psychologist of mid 19th to early 20th Century // Interpretation of Dreams, a book that changed human history // The subconscious, Oedipus complex, id… // Shedding influence on literature, arts, cinema, theatre // Light, colours, shapes, Wagner, Kunqu opera, birds, the flute // Theories of western psychology interpreting China's most famous dream since the 17th Century // The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu // Dream vs reality; stage vs society; Sex vs politics // Freud writing on the psychology of the lust of power in Shakespeare's tragedy .