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In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong 

Starring Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale - World Premiere: A New Commissioned Performance from the Sydney Opera House

Digital Season | Streamed live from the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Time: Saturday, 26th September 9pm AEST
Genre: Contemporary Music

On Demand from: 26th September
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Celebrating the landmark film’s 20th anniversary, IN THE MOOD – A LOVE LETTER TO WONG KAR-WAI & HONG KONG is a fever dream live streamed performance featuring a theatrical set, ‘60s style costumes, and sax-drenched renditions of the film’s romantic soundtrack alongside new music sung by Chinese-Australian artists Rainbow Chan and Marcus Whale with narration by Eugene Choi – a lavish audio-visual journey that guides the audience through a heartbreaking cycle of longing, intimacy and forbidden love.

Inspired by In the Mood for Love’s impressionistic end title – ‘That era is past, nothing that belonged to it exists anymore.’ – Chan, Choi and Whale explore their interweaving cultural heritage in a newly commissioned performance that echoes a collective nostalgia for their ancestral homeland. Conceived in an era where lockdown and loneliness has forced us to reconcile our beloved relationships and self-identities, Wong Kar-wai’s multi award-winning film is refracted onto the live stage; a musical meditation on the restorative power of unadulterated desire.

Taking cues from Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s plush red imagery, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung’s iconic costumes and the steamy script where a brushed stroke can refract a thousand words, IN THE MOOD – A LOVE LETTER TO WONG KAR-WAI & HONG KONG will preview new songs from Rainbow Chan’s forthcoming third album, original takes on the film’s classic theme, and even a choreographed Bossa Nova dance that takes us back to a simpler time. Are you in the mood for love?

These Chinese-Australians are bringing the “romantic doom” of Wong Kar-Wai to the Opera House stage

Learn how Sydney artists Rainbow Chan, Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi are transforming 'In the Mood for Love', one of the most critically acclaimed films of the 21st century, into a sax-drenched, theatrical journey through 60s Hong Kong.

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