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Pia Ho looks into ‘Between Spaces’
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Illustration/ Lai Tat Tat Wing
Romance of the Rock (1987)
A cuboid often appears on stage, sometimes in the form of a piece of white or red cloth or translucent gauze, sometimes a low podium made of wood or a rectangular table, sometimes a frame created by the projection of light on the stage floor, looming shades overlapping each other; coming and going with a stage above a stage. What people on the stage experiment with or experience is exactly what it is meant by Now. In fact, Now is made up by many things happening concurrently in different spaces. Someone is dancing over here and someone is giving birth over there; you are flirting and he is reciting poems; the offenders are executed on the spot , and the parade team has arrived. A stage is also a different space and location at the same time. The way a person stands, sits and in what direction he gazes, his posture, a gleam in his eyes, etc, all reveal something about the identity of a particular person.
As a founding member of Zuni Icosahedron, Ho has participated in Zuni’s productions throughout the years as a director, scriptwriter, and actress. Some of her directing productions include Portraits of Women (1983), Sisters of the World United (1987), Heart to Heart (1989), and The Legend (1995). Pia Ho, a.k.a. Lili Ho started her career in broadcasting since 1992, then resided in San Francisco from 1996 to 2005. Her prose collection Cong Jin Yi Hou was published in 1996, A Single Woman was published in 2013. In 2005-2016, Ho returned to the Commercial Radio Hong Kong, where she worked as the Creative Director of Commercial Radio One, and hosted radio programmes such as Share My Song. Other than that, Ho also writes lyrics in her free time. Her first piece of lyrics was written in 1987 for the Tat Ming Pair. She has also written lyrics for Zuni’s productions, including 18 Springs (2003), The Forbidden City (2009), and Red Rose, White Rose (2014), and Awakening (2011) produced by Edward Lam Dance Theatre X HOCC. 2016-2019, she cooperated with Zuni in Love Comedy on the Rocks, A Sentimental Journey – The Rebecca Pan Tribute Concert and In Praise of Shadows for text arrangement. 2017, Ho curated and hosted Social Gastronomy – Table for U in Oi!. From 2018 onwards, Ho also curates and hosts Family Recipes Workshops at the Taste Library in PMQ to promote family food culture.