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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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Artists in the Time of Social Distancing: Rudresh Mahanthappa

1. How would you describe your daily life in the time of self-isolation? I think that the word "unbalanced" sums it up. My kids are quite young: 7 1/2 and almost 4. In many ways, it has been amazing to spend this much time with them. However, I have had little time to do anything else, including making or even thinking about music. There is hardly ever a moment of silence in our household outside ...

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 Takes Off

Miles Davis once said that he could encapsulate the history of jazz in just four words “Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker”. ...

French Tragicomedy

The idea of tragicomedy in drama dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, but in France an assumption that elevated tragic characters and low comic ones ought not to share a stage was generally accepted well into the 17th century. ...

Painting with human beings in space and time

David Mead talks to John Neumeier about the works his Hamburg Ballet are bringing to the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival and his outlook on dance...

Sibelius and <i>Kullervo</i>

"I would not wish to tell a lie in art …… But I think I am now on the right path. I now grasp those Finnish, purely Finnish tendencies in music less realistically but more truthfully than before", says Sibelius in regard to Kullervo. This epic piece precipitates his new, modern Finnish style in ways that were to inform the rest of his career....