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Multi Media Theatre - The Blue Planet


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Hong Kong Debut
The Destiny of Planet Earth - The Myth of the Great Flood and of the
Ark



 

30-31* March 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
1 April 2012 (Sun) 3pm
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$420, 360, 280, 180#

*With post-performance talk (Conducted in English)
#The sightline of certain $180 seats may be restricted

Performed in English, Spanish, Italian, with infrequent French and Dutch
With Chinese and English Surtitles
The performance contains coarse language and nudity

 

“…A real triumph for everybody.” 

La Repubbblica, Italy

“…The show captures and convinces the audience, who gratify the show with finale applause.”

Il Tempo, Italy

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Synopsis

A multi-media performance about the coming flood.

It is about the slow but rapidly accelerating destruction of our planet.  Noah has built an ark and filled it with animals two by two according to the list given by God.  Noah regards himself unclean and hides with the pigs, which are deemed by God as unclean animals and not allowed to board the boat.  He hides to evade his wife, Joan, the major protagonist of this music-drama, who does not want to board.  She refuses to give mankind another chance to destroy the planet and to repeat their mistakes. Joan's children beg her to join them on board. They convince her to trust them that they will do better in the future…
 
God keeps watching like a silent angel – on one hand keeping the promise not to flood again while on the other hand witnessing how we cope with our own flood - and whispers a mantra  “God Makes, Man Breaks!”

Joan eventually boards the ark, as she has no choice. Her love for her children makes her believe that there must be hope, and the next generation can turn the tide.

 
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The Performance

Stunning Images x Thrilling Body Movement x Live Music

It is a modern multimedia oratory, which blends the arts of the acting, singing and live music with modern technologies: high definition images which reproduce aspects of reality, illustrate the conversation between God and Noah and lead audience to a virtual world.

As main characters, Noah's wife and her two sons appear alternatively in the performance, which offers a liberal and anachronistic recreation of the myth. The mix of languages – Castilian, English, French and Italian – meanwhile reminds the audience of ancient texts which suggest that Noah's sons are the progenitors of all peoples of our planet.

The surprising artistic solutions of The Blue Planet go beyond the borders between cinema, theatre and new technologies of digital images. The programme was premiered in Spain in 2008 then toured in Italy.

 
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Directors

Peter Greenaway
Born in Newport, Wales, in 1942. Peter Greenaway came to fame with his narrative feature film, The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), which established him on the international front as one of the most important and original filmmakers of our time. Greenaway’s filmography includes some 12 feature films, and 50 short films and documentaries.  He has been nominated and awarded at the Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals.

In 1994, the world première of Rosa, A Horse Drama marked his foray into opera as a director and librettist. He is also active in curating exhibitions, producing multimedia and video installations, publishing books and writing opera librettos. The composers he has collaborated with include Michael Nyman, Glen Branca and Philip Glass. In 2006, he started a new project, Nine classical Paintings Revisited, which demonstrate the dialogues between cinema and painting.  His first project was his vision of Rembrandt's Nightwatch, followed by a multimedia installation with exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in 2008 and of Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana at Cini’s Foundation on San Giorgio Island, Venice, in 2009.  The multimedia installation, Italy of the Cities in the Italian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, was another of his brainchild.

Saskia Boddeke
Dutch opera-and-theatre director Saskia Boddeke graduated from the Academy for Social Studies and the School for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. She joined De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in 1986 and founded her own theatre company Theatregroep vals Akkoord three years later.  Since then, she has been creating, writing and producing projects which are characterized by a mixture of symbolism, film-imagery and movement language, often accompanied by modern music. Her collaboration with Peter Greenaway began in 1994 when she was co-director of Rosa, A Horse Drama, and later as director for his opera and theatre productions. Her directorial credits also include the prop-opera, 100 Objects to Represent the World (music by Jean-Baptiste Barrière and libretto by Peter Greenaway) at the Zeitfluss Salzburg Festival, and the opera Writing to Vermeer (music by Louis Andriessen and libretto by Peter Greenaway) etc.  She was also the director of the play, The Children of Uranium (text by Peter Greenaway) in Genoa (2005) and Naples (2006).  She won critical acclaim with her directing of Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw (with Zubin Mehta conducting) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Opera Festival in Florence.

 
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Composer

Goran Bregovic
Born in Sarajevo in 1950, In 1974, Bregovic formed Bijelo Dugme, one of Yugoslavia's most successful and influential bands. He began scoring for films in 1978, debuting with Mica Milosevic's Nije Nego.  His most fruitful collaboration was with director Emir Kusturica, in the film productions Dom za vešanje (1989), Arizona Dream (1993), and the Cannes Film Festival winner Underground (1995). He has also collaborated with Patrice Chéreau in Queen Margot (1994). Bregovic’s discography includes the album P.S (1996), Ederlezi (1999), Songbook (2000), Tales and Songs from Weddings and Funerals (2002), Music for Films (2004) and Karmen with a Happy End (2007)

 
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Cast

Singer
Helga Davis
Performers
Hendrik Aerts  
Dory Sanchez
Voices in virtual life
Moni Ovadia
Maria Pilar Pérez Aspa  
Musicians
Ensemble:     Brigata Sinfonica :
                         Antonio Catalfamo, Davide Granato, Alessandro Vicard
With                 Dionys Breukers, Marta Maggioni

 
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Programme Length

The programme lasts for about 70 minutes without intermission

 
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Ticketing and Enquires

Tickets available from 3 February onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission

Special Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets The Blue Planet and Samson Young x Chris Zeigler x William Lane - Circus & Spectacles
Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4 - 9 tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10 - 19 tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more tickets
Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase

 
Audience of age 12 or above are welcome, below age 6 are not permitted

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
 
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