Brisbane Festival and Philip Bacon Galleries in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

Under Siege


27 - 30 Sept | QPAC - Playhouse



Yang Liping Contemporary Dance (CHINA)

Australian Premiere

"Breathtakingly gorgeous." The Financial Times, UK
"★★★★ - Absolutely stunning." Evening Standard
"... a moving and exciting experience and a brilliant theatrical finale for Brisbane Festival" The Courier-Mail
"★★★★½ - A stunning visual interpretation of 'Farewell My Concubine'… eminently rewarding… a terrific piece to bring to a festival" Limelight Magazine


This epic, visually ravishing event comes from China’s most famous choreographer and dancer, Yang Liping.

Under Siege is her stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies - an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history - and a love story between the besieged warlord Xiang Yu and his self-sacrificing concubine that would transcend death.

Celebrated most famously as Farewell My Concubine, the story is reimagined by Yang with searing poignancy and breathtaking spectacle.

Designed by Academy Award-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Akram Khan’s DESH) and Chinese American installation artist Beili Liu, Under Siege features performers from Peking Opera, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary dance, and classical and folk music. This is a magnificent, unforgettable experience.

Patrons are encouraged to download and print the Under Siege Fact Sheet before show to learn about the context and characters.  





Under Siege 十面埋伏





This production uses a haze machine.
Photo credit: Xiao Quan


Xiang Yu:  He Shang (Wang Taorui)
Yu Ji: Hu Shenyuan
Liu Bang: Gong Zhonghui
Xiao He: Guo Yi
Han Xin White: Xiao Fuchun
Han Xin Black: Ou Yangtian
Paper Cutter: Wang Yan
Musician: Du Yichen
Musician: Feng Xiaofan 


Dong Jilan, Sha Shandan, Xiao Han, Xu Bingbing, Gao Chen, Qi Jinlong, Yang Bixi, Zhong Qiucheng, Yan Cao, Ni Junsong, Shi Feng

Artistic TEAM

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Yang Liping
Visual Director, Set & Costume Designer: Tim Yip
The Mending Project Artist and Creative Consultant: Beili Liu
Producer: Nathan Wang
International Creative Producer: Farooq Chaudhry
Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli
Dramaturg: Karthika Nair
Lighting Designer: Lea Xiao Lihe
Theatrical Consultant: Tian Qinxin
Opera Consultant: Zhu Fu
Guest choreographer: James William O’Hara
Produced by Yunnan Yang Liping Arts & Culture Co. Ltd (China)





Thur 28 Sept 7:30pm session features post-show Q&A

Duration : 120 minutes

QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

Adult $65


Adult $55
Concession^  $49
Groups 6 to 10^^ $49


Adult $49
Concession^ $45

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