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How to understand Zuni (IV) Education
Dr. Rossella Ferrari
Professor of China Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
Regional Managing Editor (China), The Theatre Times
◤Note:This article, written by Dr. Ferrari, was commissioned by Zuni. We would like to share it in the Zuni 40 UNCOMING series to review and reflect on what Zuni has been doing in four parts: tradition, technology, exchange and education. This is part IV.
Arts education and outreach activities for the benefit of local communities are an important aspect of Zuni’s social mission. Zuni’s creative education programme has been far-reaching, with international community art projects such as Black Box Exercise and Tian Tian Xiang Shang (TTXS). The Danny Yung Creative Playground provides basic theatre training to local youths, covering elements of body practice, space, technology, sound, voice, and other topics. Theatre programmes for young audiences such as Bauhaus Magic Flute Playground and the anime musical STEAM – The Four Great Inventions encourage children to learn the value of collaboration and creativity through movement, singing, and interactive games based on principles of science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM). The young participants are exposed to aspects of European and Chinese cultures, such as Mozart’s music and the Bauhaus design in the former, and the invention of paper, gunpowder, printing, and the compass in the latter.
Black Box Exercise poster (1995)
Hong Kong + Japan Crossing Partnership in Creativity: Tian Tian Xiang Shang (Tokyo, 2012)
BAUHAUS Magic Flute Playground, Yuen Long Theatre 2018
Another aspect of Zuni’s goal of reconnecting theatre with social movements is the company’s long history of engagement with socio-political developments in Hong Kong, frequently addressing political themes and civic matters in their performances. The social theatre series, East Wing West Wing, has had several iterations over the years, satirizing local politics and stimulating discussions about urban planning, public security, and cultural development. The 2018 participatory policy forum theatre production, Plan HK Better! used surveys, live polling, performance, and debates to respond to a Task Force on Land Supply public consultation on Hong Kong’s housing shortage and the planning of living space and facilities in the city. This and other recent works show Zuni’s continued commitment to Hong Kong – her culture, her people, her traditions – and the future of the city.
All of this is Zuni.
East Wing West Wing 11 – Find Ghost Do The CE, Hong Kong Cultural Centre 2014