MGM has been supporting Art Macao, the city’s mega international art and cultural event, proudly presenting Hua Yuan exhibition at MGM COTAI to celebrate the diversity of ink artistry and how modern technology is reinventing one of the most ancient forms of art. Excitement mounts as the Grand Finale of Hua Yuan - Paradise Interrupted unfolds to enchant full house of spectators at MGM Theater of MGM COTAI on August 29 and 31. An unconventional one-act installation opera that blends 600-year-old Kun opera with Western opera, Paradise Interrupted integrates opera, theater, dance, music, poetry and interactive media into one entity.
Ms. Pansy Ho, Co-Chairperson & Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited said, “Paradise Interrupted is a successful example of cross-disciplinary art, platform and boundaries. As a pioneer in art, MGM builds a breakthrough stage for artists and audience through technological innovation and cultural creativity, cultivating Macau’s artistic ambience and leading the city’s art and culture to move forward and to the world.”
For the first time performing at MGM Theater, an ultra-high resolution LED screen is used in lieu of projection, offering a new interpretation of the captivating story of a woman’s quest for love in a surreal garden. Integrating Macau locals into the international show, 7 dancers from the Macau Dancers Association join Paradise Interrupted with orchestral performance of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Mr. Deng Le, Pipa Principle of the Macau Chinese Orchestra, bringing to life the magnificence of the original composition.
A brainchild of Director and Visual Designer Jennifer Wen Ma, who uses the intrinsic connectivity and versatility of ink to create a dreamlike world out of dynamic paper cutouts, Chinese watercolor, light and shadow, and multi-media installations. “A core approach to my art-making involves extending traditions into contemporary discourse, the opera fuses and re-imagines the biblical story of Eve’s search for utopia after being expelled from the Garden of Eden with the Chinese kunqu drama of Du Liniang’s journey after being awakened from a profoundly stirring dream in the Peony Pavilion. The Woman in Paradise Interrupted is in search of an unattainable ideal in a world activated by her voice,” said Jennifer Wen Ma.
Performed in the past at Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, it brings Chinese kunqu and Western opera singers together, highlighting different traditions, aesthetics, styles and characters of the two genres. While, award-winning composer Huang Ruo’s beautiful and dramatic fusion of classical Chinese folk songs and avant-garde Western music makes the whole performance an enchanting experience. Other elite line-up including the lead-role performer, Qian Yi, Kun opera artist and the conductor, Chien Wen-Pin, Art Director of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying, Paradise Interrupted was praised by the New York Times as “A Powerful Opera of Eastern and Western Allure”.
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
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