Nicky and Chris Siu
Join us for a conversation between Hong-Kong-born multidisciplinary artist Nicky and our current exhibiting artist Chris Siu.
Following their conversation will be a live performance composed by Nicky in response to Chris’ exhibition Then We Keep Living.
Nicky Tsz Tung Li is a a Queer Hong Kong artist with a passion for music theatre and experimental arts based in Kaurna Yerta. She graduated from UniSA with a Bachelor of Arts in 2020. Nicky began her involvement in the Adelaide music theatre community in 2019, with credits including Miss Saigon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Mary Poppins. In 2021, she took part in Hayes Theatre Co.’s ‘Making a Musical’ initiative. In 2022, she took on a more socially responsible role of a cultural consultant for State Theatre Company of SA’s Single Asian Female and RUMPUS’s Coldhands. In 2023, she worked on Tale of The Fire Phoenix co-presented by the School of Chinese Music & Arts and Adelaide Festival Centre as a technical designer and a vocalist. She made her Adelaide Fringe debut in her original production Signal: A Theatrical Mixtape which she developed in the Fringe MakeSpace Residency. Nicky has also been awarded the Helpmann Creative Development Grant to develop the script for a new cabaret Fallen Stars of Hong Kong: Leslie & Anita. Through her arts and music, she navigates through newfound identities and attempts to replant her heart in her heritage. In her performance, she speaks authenticity, in the hope of finding a community. Currently, Nicky is part of Nexus Arts’ Interplay Development Program, ActNow Theatre’s Cultural Leadership Program, and ArtsHub’s Amplify Collective.
Chris Siu is an emerging artist living and practicing on Kaurna Country in Tarntanya Adelaide, South Australia. Informed by experiences of socio-political unrest in his home city of Hong Kong, his practice explores layered histories, geopolitics, and the underlying relationships between individuals and their surrounding society. Since 2020, Chris has been developing an on-going body of work titled Then We Keep Living. This series seeks to articulate the complexities of trauma and healing, particularly in a political context as experienced by the people of Hong Kong.
Steph Teh – Cello
Emily Tulloch – Violin
Jennifer Trijo – Keyboard