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Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale

World Premiere Live Debut
In the Mood

A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai and Hong Kong

Starring Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale

Wong Kar-wai’s cinematic masterpiece In the Mood for Love is reimagined by three innovative Chinese-Australian performers as a shimmering audio-visual dream that will leave you breathless.

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In the Drama Theatre | Contemporary Music

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider Member Priority – Thursday 17 March, 9am
  • What’s On e-newsletter pre-sale – Thursday 17 March, 12pm

General public on sale Monday 21 March, 10am

One event on Thursday 2 June 2022

Thursday 2 June, 7.30pm

Standard tickets from $45 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Description & price
Standard $45

The only authorised ticket agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.

A maximum of six (6) tickets to In The Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-Wai & Hong Kong per customer are available for purchase. This maximum applies across all shows, not per performance. Tickets purchased in excess of a ticket limit may be cancelled without notice.

Carbon offset

Help Vivid LIVE 2022 become a Climate Active certified carbon neutral event by selecting a ‘carbon offset’ ticket. Your generous contribution will help offset the festival’s carbon emissions by investing in climate action initiatives and NSW biodiversity projects.

The duration of this show is 40 minutes

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change

Recommended for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.  Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge.  All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.

“Shaped by personal and socio-political narratives, In the Mood functions as a time capsule for the present while exploring new possibilities for performative works. It is also a reminder to enact love, no matter the circumstance.” 
Art Asia Pacific

One of cinema’s greatest fever dreams comes alive on stage

Two decades after Wong Kar-wai’s celebrated masterpiece In the Mood for Love, this ravishing new stage performance – specially commissioned for the Sydney Opera House and first streamed online in 2020 – reimagines the filmmaker’s vision for the Drama Theatre stage at Vivid LIVE. 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 – it’s a lavish, live-on-stage 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 performance that echoes a collective nostalgia for their ancestral homeland. Conceived in an era where lockdown and loneliness 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, the performance features songs from Rainbow Chan’s latest record Stanley (Eastern Margins, 2021), 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?

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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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.

Vivid LIVE 2022

27 May - 18 Jun 2022

Vivid LIVE returns to the Sydney Opera House, the annual centrepiece of the year-round Contemporary Music program.

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks by Opera House security?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs or within the Western Foyers, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Please travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues. 

Will cloaking be available?

Yes, cloaking will remain available but it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly and leave large, bulky items at home. Cloakroom attendants will use disposable paper tickets and wear gloves to handle items. 

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

Is there anything I can’t bring? 

Please note that BYO alcohol or glass is not permitted onsite. Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

What if it’s raining? Can I bring an umbrella?

Vivid LIVE is an all-weather event. Visitors are encouraged to check the weather and come prepared.

Umbrellas are not permitted for any ticketholders attending performances on the Northern Broadwalk. We encourage ticketholders to bring their own ponchos and raincoats.

Can I bring a chair with me?

Chairs are not permitted at the Opera House. Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • ·The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House is a smoke-free site.
  • The Smoke-free Environment Policy applies to all areas of the of the Opera House precinct and covers all forms of tobacco and non-tobacco smoking, including cigarettes, vapes, e-cigarettes, cigars and water pipe tobacco smoking. 
  • As a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Will my experience be impacted by the Opera House's Renewal works?

In February 2020, the Opera House began major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.

While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.

Guests may experience some noise in foyers and theatres but we are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

­­­­Will the Opera House provide assistance to people with mobility support needs during Vivid Sydney?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Looking for more information?

For more information about attending the Opera House during Vivid Sydney, check this page.

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