A world-class arts venue dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of xiqu
The main entrance to the Xiqu Centre leads directly into a circular atrium with a large podium, where visitors can see exhibitions, browse shops, listen to music or watch xiqu demonstrations. Light and spacious, the atrium is partly open to the surroundings, with doorless entrances and vents in the facade creating an indoor community space that lets in sunlight and breezes. Like a public square, the atrium is welcoming and accessible, offering a respite from the bustle of the city – a place where people can experience traditional art and culture and also simply congregate and relax.
Located on the top floor of the Xiqu Centre, the Grand Theatre offers a world-class performance venue with an elegant, streamlined design and functionality devised in discussion with industry experts. The control room, uniquely positioned inside the auditorium, allows for precise control of sound production for performances of all kinds. The proscenium stage has an unusually deep rear stage area, and all seats are angled so as to give the audience the best line of sight in all parts of the house. The theatre also fitted with a state-of-the-art flying system and lighting system, both tailor-made for the requirements of xiqu performances. Backstage, six individual dressing rooms for each of the main xiqu roles, and three large communal dressing rooms with facilities for 20 to 30 people, are perfectly suited for all types of performance.
Tea House Theatre
Located on the first floor, the Tea House Theatre is an elegant Chinese-style theatre, specially designed for small-scale performances where audiences are seated at tables and served tea and traditional dim sum. Combining traditional design with the latest professional and technical facilities, the flexible space allows the stage and the seating to be rearranged to suit each production, while the intimate size of the theatre allows for an up-close experience between artists and audience.
Education and audience-building play an important part in our mission to promote and nurture the art of Chinese traditional theatre. To support our educational programmes, the study floor of the Xiqu Centre is equipped with a small seminar hall designed for screenings, talks or cultural exchanges. With just 108 fixed seats, the small venue is designed to allow close communication and interaction between speakers and audience.
High-quality performances require good rehearsal space. For this reason, the second floor of the Xiqu Centre, designed as the study floor, is equipped with eight rehearsal studios of different sizes. Each studio is equipped with projection facilities and basic lighting and sound systems. Studios 1 and 3 have ceilings that are 8m high, providing realistic, stage-like overhead space. Studio 1, the largest of the rooms, has dimensions the same as those of the stage, giving performers a more accurate sense of space and staging possibilities ahead of actual performances.