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Edward Lam Dance Theatre “Art School Musical” and public seminar series “Rethinking Musicals”

Oct 3 – 6, Thursday – Sunday 7.30pm
Oct 9 –12, Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Oct 7 & 13, Monday & Sunday 2.30pm

The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

From 3 October, Edward Lam Dance Theatre returns to Hong Kong with Art School Musical, a contemporary adaptation of the classic Chinese work The Butterfly Lovers. Featuring Macau’s rising star Jordan Cheng, this new interpretation includes a cast from Hong Kong and Taiwan, in a wonderfully scored version that resets the classical tale into a contemporary school of arts.

Tickets: HK$420, HK$300 (Concessions available)

Group discount: 5% discount for 5 to 9 tickets, 10% discount for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% discount for 20 or more tickets

Buy tickets now: www.westkowloon.hk/artschool

Cheung Chi Wai ©Moon9 image

Alongside 10 performances of the show, director Edward Lam, the creative team and invited guests also lead a series of three public seminars that look at the creative foundations of Chinese-language musicals in the region and some of the possibilities for future development.

Acting and Singing on Stages Around the World
Sep 28, Saturday 5pm
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Macau-based musical actor, scriptwriter and creative artist Jordan Cheng, one of the cast members of Art School Musical, joins Edward Lam to talk about his experience of studying musical theatre in the UK, and performing on stages around the world. Cheng and Lam also share personal insights and observations on new developments in contemporary Chinese-language musicals.
Free admission. Register now: http://bit.ly/2kElN4H 


The Multidimensional Nature of Musical Theatre
Sep 29, Sunday 5pm
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Musical theatre is an integrated art form where plot and character are driven and outlined through acting, singing and dancing, often in familiar and formulaic ways. To explore the wider potential of the multidimensional nature of musical theatre, Taiwanese scholar Liang Wen-ching joins Edward Lam in a discussion on new musical structures and new ways of using song and dance.
Free admission. Register now: http://bit.ly/2kbSXIF 


Chinese Musical Theatre Creation
Oct 6, Sunday 5pm
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Multi-award-winning Taiwanese composer Chen Chien-chi, Music Director for Art School Musical, is a long-term collaborator with Edward Lam. In this seminar he joins Lam to talk about the process involved in creating melodies for musicals, from the perspective of both music director and composer. He also shares insight into the difference between the usual practice of composing melodies and then writing lyrics and the process used for Art School Musical, where 18 sets of original lyrics were put together before a single note was penned.
Free admission. Register now: http://bit.ly/2kEdm9z

About Freespace
Freespace – Hong Kong’s new centre for contemporary performance in the heart of the West Kowloon Art Park – presents multi-genre performances and events, produces boundary-pushing collaborations, and promotes new ways of seeing and experiencing performance. Partnering with emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and around the world, Freespace nurtures diverse creative voices and bring works that challenge and redefine the role of performing arts for our age.

Getting to Freespace: www.westkowloon.hk/freespace/visit-2827

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