Lift Left Life Live

PO Art Studio

25-28/5 │ Thursday to Sunday │ 22:30, 23:30
26-29/5 │ Friday to Monday │ 00:30, 01:30, 02:30
Meeting Point: Lobby, G/F, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Tickets: MOP 180

Let's embark on a journey straight away tonight!

"Thank you for your support, and the Art Airline is about to start a new journey. Enjoy!"

The creative PO Art Studio shone in recent years with F'art for U and also stood out at art festivals in both Hong Kong and Macao with its innovative mode of performance. In the Macao Arts Festival this year, PO Art Studio will present an interdisciplinary production that integrates travel experiences – Lift Left Life Live.

The original version of Lift Left Life Live was met with wide acclaim immediately after its premiere at the Macao City Fringe Festival in 2022 and has been recommended by the artistic advisors of the Macao City Fringe Festival to be staged at the Macao Arts Festival this year.

We invite you to pack your luggage right now and embark on a journey with us!

Co-creation: Leong Son U and Mok Kuan Chong
Technical Director: Cheong Wai Kit
Producer: Ao Ieong Pui San

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, no interval
Performed in Cantonese, no surtitles
Restricted to audiences aged 13 or above and not suitable for people with claustrophobia

1.    The performance will start on time, please arrive 15 minutes in advance;
2.    Comfortable clothing is recommended;
3.    Please provide your contact information upon ticket purchase for receiving notification on the details later via telephone or SMS.

Introductory Text

“Travel is the traveller. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are…” this quote by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa represents precisely the initial aspiration that the two creators, Leong Son U and Mok Kuan Chong from PO Art Studio, had in mind when producing Lift Left Life Live. This production premiered in the Macao City Fringe Festival in 2022, where the lifts in the Macau Tower were transformed into air cabins to simulate the check-in, boarding and sightseeing process, creating a familiar yet novel travel experience for the audience.

After “boarding”, the audience could enjoy different performances when the “cabin door” on each floor was opened as the lift moved. The small and intimate space in the original version, which could only hold two “passengers”, has been changed into a freight lift in the Macao Arts Festival version this year that can accommodate a larger audience and allows for more interaction. In Leong’s words, “The production originally talked about the wish to escape from the lockdown and to go see the outside world during the epidemic, but this sentiment has gradually faded away after the reopening of borders. In this version we ponder: ‘how should we leave, and why’?”


By Wong Weng Si
Wong is a member of the audience, embroidery worker and former media practitioner. She took the “Modern Drama and Contemporary Theatre for Beginners” lecture series in 2018 and worked as a critic-in-residence for the “Reviews” website in 2019. She is currently engaged in art administration and curation.


This article is excerpted and translated from Chinese

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