Adapted from Federico Garcia Lorca's play The House of Bernarda Alba.

"Not even the wind from the street will enter this house…"

A tragic tale of frustration, suppressed sexuality and explosive passions within a house ruled by a tyrant obsessed with power and snobbery


"I touched her sleeping breasts and they opened to me suddenly like spikes of hyacinth. The starch of her petticoat sounded in my ears like a piece of silk rent by ten knives. The people swallow their sobbing and in the green mirrors long trails of silk move. The men kept to themselves. The women kept to themselves. And a horizon of dogs barked very far from the river" Frederico Garcia Lorca


A new adaption of Lorca's masterpiece brings together performers from Hong Kong and the Mainland in a burning fusion of contemporary dance and brilliant theatre. Lorca's play revolves around the themes of repression, conformity and sexual desire and tells the story of a tyrannical mother who keeps her five daughters confined at home until one of them makes a bid for freedom with tragic consequences. The showing present the audience with a multi-layered interpretation of Lorca's play that combines modern dance with theatre.

In 2011, following an intensive summer workshop and three weeks exploration in the rehearsal room Bonni Chan and nine dancers from the Guangzhou Modern Dance Company share their creative discoveries with a work in progress showing based around this play. Theatre du Pif further explored and developed the work to bring it on stage again in Hong Kong in 2013. 


"The vitality of dance blossoms alongside the poetic language of Lorca... the struggle of the human condition and the tension of the drama stretched beyond the theatre." 
Information Times


"The rhythm of the drama flows consistently with the movement of dancers. This is probably the perfect integration of poetic theatre and modern dance." 
Newsletter, On & On Theatre Workshop

Touring/Extended Performances

Dec 2013

A new adaption of the play
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

Oct 2011

Summer Workshop and Performance

Guangdong Modern Dance Company Small Theatre




Bonni Chan

Sean Curran, Grace Wu, Yu Yanan, Rain Liu, Poon Chun-ho, Sunny Yuen, Tania Tai

Visual Designer

Sylvia Chan

Lighting Designer

Lau Ming-hang

Costume Designer   

Cheng Man-wing

Music & Sound Designer

Vincent Pang Chun-kit

Video Designer

Adrian Yeung



Bonni Chan


Guangdong Modern Dance Company

Visual Designer

Sylvia Chan

Lighting Designer

Lau Ming-hang

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