Composing Hong Kong: Zuni Icosahedron Stages Musical ‘Architecture of the City’

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Zuni Icosahedron’s Mathias Woo brings to life the Hong Kong version of renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi’s (1931-1997) book The Architecture of the City.


The Architecture of the City (L’architettura della città) was originally published by Rossi in 1966, in which he argues that the modern city is an “artifact” of the continuous architectural forms and ideas form the standards and collective memories of the place over many years. Architects must respect the context of a city and its architecture instead of following alternative styles and trends.

Inspired by Rossi’s concept, Mathias Woo (b. 1968), a prominent local cultural worker and Director of Videotage, presents the Hong Kong version by reflecting on the local urban style in a musical. Both the stage and the performers’ costumes are made of materials with distinctive local characteristics, including bamboo scaffolding, recycled materials and urban waste.

The show also features local piano virtuoso KaJeng Wong as well as a rock and roll performance by Josie and the Uni Boys, a local band formed in 2010.


When: 11 Jan 2019 - 12 Jan 2019 Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre – 10 Salisbury Road – Tsim Sha Tsui