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<i>Women Like Us</i> and <i>Journey to the West Rewind</i>: Attempts at Writing New Life

Women Like Us and Journey to the West Rewind: Attempts at Writing New Life

When representing literature in the performing arts, artists demonstrate different interpretations and expressions, while the meanings of works change with time. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Women Like Us and Journey to the West Rewind were deferred until the 49th Hong Kong Arts Festival....

Towards a New Language of Theatre

Towards a New Language of Theatre

In a year when a previously unknown virus spread like wildfire across the globe, theatre was forced to swiftly adapt to a new reality, branching out into new formats and production means. The result has been an enrichment of theatrical language by a raft of new insights and emotional responses....

The Four Bandits Musical

The Four Bandits Musical

Two years ago, the Hong Kong Arts Festival began commissioning local artists to create a musical about the young Sun Yat-sen. First, they brought composer Peter Kam on board, then director Eugene Ma, playwright Sunny Chan and lyricist Chris Shum joined the team, and the Yat-sen creative quartet began to take shape....

The Plague of Our Time: Contemporary Meaning in Camus’s <i>The Plague</i>

The Plague of Our Time: Contemporary Meaning in Camus’s The Plague

In 1947, two years after the end of World War II, Albert Camus’s second novel, La Peste (The Plague), was published in France. The story describes the devastation wrought by a fictional plague on the Algerian city of Oran. Its insights into humanity’s will to survive and the choices people make in the face of fear and death resonated with post-war readers....

Towards Full Flowering: Looking Back at a Decade of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series

Towards Full Flowering: Looking Back at a Decade of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series

Mature works of art go through a long process of nurturing: absorbing and accumulating nutrients over time, gradually developing before coming into full bloom. The first edition of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series (CDS) was presented at the 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2012, and this year marks its tenth edition....

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An adaptation of Albert Camus’s existential classic for pandemic times

Ivan Mercier takes a look at one of two adaptations of The Plague being presented at this year’s HKAF—a ground-breaking online version performed simultaneously by a cast in six countries around the world....

Reconstructing <i>Noah’s Ark</i>

In 2010, just before they emigrated to the United States, Cantonese opera stars Man Chin-sui and Leung Siu-sum bid farewell to their Hong Kong fans with a production of Noah’s Ark. As both playwright and performer, Man drew from the biblical tale of the patriarch Noah and his construction of an ark to survive the great flood....

Mediating Arts and Life: Matthew Bourne and <i>The Red Shoes</i>

While the coronavirus pandemic has caused so many cancellations of live performance, it has also given film a far more prominent role in connecting dance with audiences, and indeed in reaching new viewers around the world. ...

Each Spoken Word Has a Piece of Life Attached to It

Sound, language and speech are the primary sources of communication for human beings. Each and every word contains the wish to understand and be understood, shaping the invisible connection between humans in different situations....

In the Steps of Moiseyev

There’s not a place in the world that does not have its own rare and traditional arts, dance and music included. In some cultures, dancing is not just entertainment, but also part and parcel of traditional rites such as celebrations, worship and mourning....