Born in Australia and based in Hong Kong, Royce Ng started his practice strictly as a visual artist before venturing more recently into performing arts. His work features a strong visual component constructed through various digital media technologies such as 3D animation, VR and holograms and deals with the intersections of modern Asian history, technology, drugs and aesthetics.
His first stage performance, Kishi the Vampire (2016), delved into the life of Japanese colonial administrator, war criminal, and then prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, narrating his convoluted history as a vampire story. In Ghost of Showa (2017), he further looked at the spectres that haunt the economy of modern East Asia and the darkly ambiguous legacy of opium in the development of the Asian state. His third piece Queen Zomia (2018), traces the histories of opium through the figure of Olive Yang, the bisexual, cross-dressing warlord who controlled the illicit opium and heroin trade in the Golden Triangle.
Royce is currently developing a new performance which deals with the social and political implications of technological development in China, neo-techno spiritualism and what it means for the social values at the heart of the European project.
Performing Art, Visual Art