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

Under Siege

QPAC - Playhouse
27 - 30 Sep



Yang Liping Contemporary Dance (CHINA)
Australian Premiere


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)



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

Duration : 120 minutes
Adult $65


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


Adult $49
Concession^ $45

^Children under 18 years of age, full time students, aged pensioners and senior card holders. Proof of eligibility is required when purchasing or collecting
^^If group is larger than 10 please book via Groups or call 136 246
(a $7.20 fee applies per transaction)

Venue Icon Venue
QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
South Bank
QLD 4101

Getting There

Catch an Uber to your event! First-time riders can use code BRISFEST18 for up to $20 off their trip.

Parking: Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands
Bus: Cultural Centre busway station
Train: South Brisbane train station
Ferry: South Bank ferry terminal
Visit TransLink for public transport options

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