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One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

18

Oct

8PM

19

Oct

8PM

20

Oct

4PM

20

Oct

8PM

One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • Background

  • 2017 Hong Kong Belt-Road Conference

  • 2017 Hong Kong Belt-Road Peformance

  • Background

    Cultural Belt Road Exploration Theatre

    Along the One Belt One Road are all historical cities. The way in which traditional cultures encounter technology, economic development, and consumerism prompts a great number of traditional performing artists from the One Belt One Road cities to re-examine the direction of future development of traditional arts and culture.

    One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre is neither a simple demonstration of the eastern and western cultures, nor the kind of exchange that is simple and formalist. Rather, it is an exploration of technology, an exploration of new possibilities, experimentation, and collaboration of the expression of traditional craftsmanship and modern theatre.

    Danny Yung has always pioneered the experimentation of the tradition. Since the 1990s, Yung has been interpreting from different perspectives “one table two chairs”, the stage setup of traditional Chinese opera, taking it as a platform for artists from all around the world and different sectors to carry out experimental creations.

    After the year 2000, a series of festivals, including Festival of Vision – Berlin/Hong Kong, Festival of Experimenting Traditions, the arts festival of Book of Ghost, Toki Arts Week, and so forth, have been developed as exchange projects for masters and young artists of traditional and contemporary theatres. All these have fostered cross-regional, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary dialogues, experiments and collaborations among traditional performing arts.

  • 2017 Hong Kong Belt-Road Conference

  • 2017 Hong Kong Belt-Road Peformance

One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

18

Oct

8PM

18 Oct

8PM

19

Oct

8PM

19 Oct

8PM

20

Oct

4PM

20 Oct

4PM

20

Oct

8PM

20 Oct

8PM
$200 (Free seating) $100 (Full-time students)
  • $200
Seating Plan
  • The Interrupted Dream

  • Monkey Business

  • Timetable

  • Technical Partners

  • Academic Partners

  • Remarks

  • The Interrupted Dream

    Chinois Dream at Château de Versailles

     

    “[Didik Nini Thowok]… on the frontlines of cross-dressing performance art” The Jakarta Post

    “Indonesia’s renown cross-gender artist (Didik Nini Thowok)” Broadway World

    “[Shen Yili] is pretty and elegant, charming and mellow.” Daily Headlines

    “[Shen Yili] is in her prime time, with her comprehensive artistry.” Mingpao Monthly

     

    Classical Javanese dance was once exclusive to the royal court and then later spread amongst commoners, having much influence over Indonesian culture.

    Kunqu incorporates singing, dance and literature, showcasing a variety of performing arts forms. In 2001, UNESCO declared Kunqu Opera as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

    The 2018 scheme of One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre will feature Indonesian, cross-gender, Classical Javanese dancer, Didik Nini Thowok. Eager to absorb different performing arts forms, Nini Thowok travels to Taipei to learn the role of Du Liniang from the Traditional Kunqu Play, Peony Pavilion.

    In Hong Kong, an encasing mirrored theatre will become the meeting space for Didik Nini Thowok and Shanghainese Kunqu artist Shen Yili. Yearning for cross-cultural creative exchange, Shen Yili will participate in this collaborative project, bringing forth her specialization in guimendan roles (young female lead).

    These two female leads not only become a reflection of one another, but they also provide growth and progress by exchanging through teaching and learning. Through a cross-language, cross-art, and cross-gender fashion, they re-interpret the classical Chinese literary dream play written by the playwright of the Ming dynasty Tang Xianzu.

    Creative Team

    Curator, Artistic Director, Director & Designer: Danny Yung
    Performers: Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta), Shen Yili (Shanghai), Students from National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, Interns from Zuni’s “Creative Playground”
    Sound Creation: Nerve (Steve Hui),  Gordon Lee

    Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
    18.10 (Thu) 8PM
    20.10 (Sat) 8PM  (with Post-Performance Talk)

  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business

     

     

    “[Nget Rady] leapt around, striking formidable poses” The Strait Times

    “[Chang Yu-chau] a remarkable performer” The Washington Post

     

    During the Angkor Empire, classical Cambodian dancers performed religious rituals in royal temples and shrines and enjoyed respectable status. Considered as a Chinese national treasure, Peking Opera was proclaimed as a representative on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    Cambodian dance artist, Nget Rady specialises in the monkey role of Lakhaon Kaol, the Cambodian classical male masked dance form. Nget’s every move is reminiscent of Hanuman, the monkey god of the epic poem Ramayana, who warred against the evil king Ravana to rescue the consort of his Lord.

    From Taipei, Chang Yu-chau specialises in the monkey play of clown of Peking opera and masters martial arts skills. Chang portrays Sun Wukong from the classic Chinese tale, Journey to the West, who after rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, accompanied the monk Tang Sanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from “the West”.

    From Zurich to Taipei, from classical Khmer dance to traditional Peking opera, these two monkey leads tour across the Eurasian continent to compare two cultures and the propagation and innovation of two traditional arts.

    Creative Team

    Curator, Artistic Director, Director & Designer: Danny Yung
    Performers: Nget Rady (Phnom Penh), Chang Yu-chau (Taipei), Students from National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, Interns from Zuni’s “Creative Playground”
    Sound Creation: Nerve (Steve Hui),  Gordon Lee

    Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
    19.10 (Fri) 8PM (with Post-Performance Talk)
    20.10 (Sat) 4PM

  • Timetable

     

    1 The Interrupted Dream OCT 18 8PM
    Monkey Business  OCT 19 8PM Post-Performance Talk
    3 Monkey Business OCT 20 4PM
    4 The Interrupted Dream OCT 20 8PM Post-Performance Talk
  • Technical Partners

     

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  • Academic Partners

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Remarks

    .Free seating
    .Running time approximately 80 minutes with no intermission
    .No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance.
    .Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.