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10 May - 12 May

The Book of Longing

By Celia Lee 12 April 2024

Event Information

START DATE 10 May 2024
END DATE 12 May 2024
The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui

Header image courtesy of Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Something exciting is coming to Freespace! As the brainchild of two giants in the musical industry, The Book of Longing is a performative collaboration between renowned contemporary composer Philip Glass and Canadian singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen. Glass was inspired by Cohen’s work to compose an eponymous, lengthy score of music, image, and poetry based on Cohen’s verses.

Premiering for the first time in Hong Kong, Glass and Cohen’s emotive and dynamic score is brought to life by local director Mo Lai Yan-Chi and conductor Vivian Ip through an interlocking dialogue between classical music and theatre.

Get your tickets now through Art-Mate, with concession prices available for the elderly, disabled, students, and children. The audience area for The Book of Longing is divided into Areas X and Y: Area Y is made up of regular theatre seating, while Area X is made up of floor seating with cushions where audiences will have a chance to interact with actors and performers on stage. Find out more here.

Photo: West Kowloon Cultural District

Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.