All posts tagged: Hong Kong Arts Centre

Luis Chan 陳福善

By Joyce Wong All the World’s a ‘Gung zai soeng’: Modernity and Cultural Belonging in the Art of Luis Chan In the whimsical, peculiar pictures of Luis Chan (1905-95), dancers, thespians, circus clowns and magicians brush shoulders with Hong Kong everymen like all the world’s a stage. It was not in Shakespeare, though, that he found inspiration for his paintings of modern life, but in television. After free-to-air TV became available in the British colony during the late 1960s, he tuned in his “gung zai soeng”, or “doll box”, as the TV was called in old Cantonese slang, every night until the last programme finished at 2am and he started to paint. He even commented once that watching TV was his way of doing life study in modern times. While he meant that as a joke, local television did become a powerful medium through which the people of post-war Hong Kong found representation and belonging in a rapidly modernising refugee society. His theatrical depiction of daily life gave expression to the hopes and struggles of …

Hong Kong International Black Box Festival – Don’t miss this month’s exciting performances and workshops

Five Easy Pieces: A provocative, groundbreaking performance that probes the limits of what children know, feel and do  Five Easy Piecesby Milo Rau/International Institute of Political Murder/CAMPO (Switzerland/Germany/Belgium).            Photo: Phile Deprez.   Wednesday to Friday, 31 October – 2 November 2018, 8:00pm  Saturday, 3 November 2018, 3pm Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre 2 Harbour Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong $380, $280, $200  Tickets now available at URBTIX Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above and full-time students, as well as people with disabilities and their accompanying minders. Five Easy Pieces, an award winning play from Belgium by Milo Rau, the International Institute of Political Murder and CAMPO, is a profound, confrontational experience that blends realism and brutality. In five simple exercises, short scenes and monologues, seven young actors re-enact scenes based on the life of the Belgium’s most notorious criminal, child killer Marc Dutroux. At times funny, at times deeply disturbing, these scenes unfold against a projected backdrop of moments from Belgium’s history, from Congo’s declaration of …

Jane Lee

Red States Hong Kong Arts Centre Hong Kong May 11 – Jun 10 Christine Chan Chiu The aptly named Red States showcased 17 new works and smaller existing pieces and studies by Singaporean artist Jane Lee, revolving around the boldest of all colours. Alluring and provocative, the exhibition invited its audience to contemplate the emotions and connotations that the colour red conjures. More importantly, it provided an insight into Lee’s innovative practice and artistic virtuosity for the past 15 years, highlighting her vastly tactile signature techniques, including coiling, layering, mixing and stacking. At the entrance, visitors were greeted by a large heap of tangled red canvas threads, a prelude of what was to come. The rectangular piece The Story of Canvas #2, hanging in the main gallery, is made of more layers of canvas threads, giving it an organic, fibrous texture. The Story of Canvas #1 and The Story of Canvas #1a followed – compositions of roundels of varying sizes made from coils of red canvas strips, strategically arranged and spanning 500cm along the wall. These works prompt the viewer to abandon all preconceived …

Sound and Space

By John Batten The growing maturity and diversity of Hong Kong’s art scene can be seen in the crossover of visual art and music. Hong Kong is surprisingly well served with international western and Chinese classical-music programming and visiting artists. Itinerant, traditional Chinese opera and music ensembles perform during the city’s festivals, while the city’s western orchestras and music-festival initiatives, by both the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and other musical organisations, offer varied, year-round programmes. One particularly successful example is Premiere Performances, with its annual February chamber-music festival and stimulating programming throughout the year. Similarly, the New Music Ensemble promotes modern and contemporary music through its own festival and performances. In early 2015 the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra faced criticism for its conservative repertoire that season. Audiences have shown plenty of support for contemporary music and ambitious musical presentations, reflected in the more adventurous repertoire of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and although the Philharmonic came up with a more adventurous programme for 2016, it could still find its claims for residency at the new …