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Theater steps out of the box
Performance art has long since moved out of conventional auditoria spaces and Hong Kong is no exception. Over 80 local and overseas artists are showcasing their art in parks and corridors of Taikoo Place — one of the busiest business complexes in the city.
Many of the shows are cross-disciplinary, merging video with live dancing and performance with fine dining.
The line-up of events features theater from the United Kingdom — Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night told from the point of view of a puritanical steward in Tim Crouch’s I, Malvolio. Lula del Ray combines shadow puppetry, live music and cinema. The stage show small metal objects, uses the city’s pedestrian traffic as backdrop, reminding viewers of the things used in everyday life that most of us take for granted. Acrobat (A Dining Room Tale with David Chong) is an interactive show in which audiences get to share a communal meal, music and stories with the performer, all at the same time.
The highlight piece is On View Hong Kong, which combines dance with the moving image, displayed on giant digital boards. Conceptualized and directed by Australian choreographer and dance filmmaker Sue Healey, the show features 10 leading dancers from Hong Kong performing both on stage as well as on video, sometimes with a live animal for company.
If you go
Freespace at Taikoo Place
Co-produced by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Time: Until Nov 5
Venue: Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Drowning in blue
Lehmann Maupin gallery has been turned into an immersive space, where thousands of tide lines seem to rise and fall against a blue horizon. Rise and Fall features 24 solid graphite and pencil landscapes by Teresita Fernández, densely arranged on graphite-colored walls. By drawing directly on the wall surface, the artist has created a unique viewing experience.
Fernández, who lives and works in New York, is famous for her public installations and experiential large-scale sculptures. The Lehmann Maupin show is an attempt to reflect the rhythm and swing of social movements throughout history.
Time: Through Dec 16
Venue: Lehmann Maupin, 407, Pedder Building, 12, Pedder Street, Central
Zoom in on Chinese animation
This year’s Hong Kong Asian Film Festival turns the spotlight on Chinese animation. Two seminars on Chinese animation in the past and present will be held during the festival.
A series of animation films — including representative works such as Big Fish & Begonia, Princess Iron Fan, and Dahufa — cutout animation, ink-wash and puppet animation, will be screened.
The festival will also shed some light on Hong Kong films, Japanese new wave cinema and documentaries from Asia.
Time: Oct 31 - Nov 20
Venue: AMC Pacific Place, Broadway Cinematheque, The One Broadway, My Cinema, Yoho Mall, Palace apm, Palace ifc
Art advocating rights of women
Artists from Korea and Hong Kong have put up a joint show of their works in various media, including painting, installation, animation and music, around the theme of women’s rights. The exhibition, named “Why Do We Sing — War and Women”, aims to sharpen our understanding of the pain from oppression and neglect that women have been suffering since the beginning of time.
The exhibition is an extension of the “Re-Encountering Her” show held in Seoul Museum of Art in May and one of the highlight events of this year’s Festive Korea festival.
Time: Oct 27 – 30, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Venue: L0 Gallery, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei
How He Hui came to be Madama Butterfly
He Hui, who is famous for her performance in and as Madama Butterfly, is also the first Chinese soprano to sing Tosca at La Scala and Aida at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
A new book which charts He Hui’s journey from Xi’an, China, to her second-place finish in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition to her becoming one of the most successful Western opera singers, now based in Verona, Italy, is due for a launch this evening.
Author Melanie Ho will introduce the book at the event.
Time: Oct 27, 19:00
Venue: Comitato della Dante Alighieri di Hong Kong, 1/F, Honest Building, 9 - 11 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay