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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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Bridging the Divide

As the pandemic continues to define our everyday lives and force social distancing on us, emotional proximity has become more important than ever. In response, mentalist Scott Silven has been bridging distance, creating worlds within worlds that are intimate, intriguing and immersive. ...

Artistic Director Sun Kim-long on <i>Praying to the Moon</i>

Over the years, The Moon Pavilion has been adapted into various regional styles, but Tong Tik-sang’s Praying to the Moon has never been performed in full since its 1958 debut. After this more than 60-year gap, Sun Kim-long (Tin Gor) brings audiences an authentic taste of the original with this full-length production of Praying to the Moon....

Zen Scriptures and Dismal Duets <br>New Symbolism in Yip Siu-tak’s adaptation of <i>A Thorn Hairpin</i>

The titular hairpin of the nanxi classic A Thorn Hairpin symbolises fidelity amidst poverty, a major theme of the story. Although a young, wealthy man proposes marriage to the leading lady with a golden hairpin, a poor scholar wins her heart with a thorn one....

Behind the Mirror: Ivo van Hove on Theatre and Healing

Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove has been on many theatre enthusiasts’ radar since his production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge hit at the Young Vic in 2015. Although I was aware of that work, my own road to becoming a serious fan began more recently....

Artists in the Time of Social Distancing: Terri Lyne Carrington

1. How would you describe your daily life in the time of self-isolation? My daily life has been busier in self-isolation than it was before. I have more meetings and correspondences, and the projects that I’m working on take up more time, so it’s challenging and sometimes stressful. ...