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Circus & Spectacles by Samson Young (HK) x Chris Ziegler (ZKM of GER) x William Lane (AUS)


Contemporary Musical Acrobatics

16-17* March 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
18 March 2012 (Sun) 4:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$200 (Free seating)
* With post-performance talk (Conducted mainly in English)

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Guided Tour
(Conducted in English)
17 March 2012 (Sat) 4pm - 4:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre
Free Admission

Priorities will be given to performance ticket holders
Limited quota on a first come first served basis
Enquiries and reservation: 2268 7323

When Music Meets Multimedia Lecture-Workshop
(Conducted mainly in English, with some Cantonese)

24 March 2012 (Sat) 3pm - 4pm
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$ 50
No. of participants: 30

Workshop Details

Contemporary music performance that integrates multi-media and theatrical elements is a commonplace today. In this lecture-demonstration, the two artists will share their experiences and trace their career trajectories as musicians working in an inter-media context.

Instructors:  Samson Young
                      William Lane

Audience of age 15 or above, and who are interested in music and multimedia art are welcome
(below age 6 are not permitted)
Each ticket admits one person only

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Programme Details

Hong Kong musical alchemist Samson Young teams up with German performance technologist Chris Ziegler (ZKM), in a musical-technological-mechanical spectacle that is not to be missed! Circus & Spectacles deconstructs the notion of the virtuosic body in the performing arts through Italian composer Nicolo Paganini's Caprices, rendered by violist-extraordinaire William Lane. Ziegler's ipod leotard bodysuit sensing system, Young's mechanical-installation, Paganini's devilishly difficult score, and French Juggler-actor Zani’s acrobatic spectacles combine into an evening-long multimedia buffet that is as enticing as it is disturbing.

When there is no more new trick under the sun, what remains of the virtuosic body?

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Arts Group

Samson Young has been known to draw on his diverse expertise for unique inter-media experiences. His works are fundamentally informed by an engagement with new cultural-technological paradigms, yet deeply grounded in the classical musical tradition. In 2007, Young became the first person from Hong Kong to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award with his audio-visual project “The Happiest Hour”. Young has been the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s artist associate and is a regular guest at festivals around the globe, such as the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany, 2006), Perspectives International Festival of Media Art (US, 2009), and Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival (Malaysia, 2009). Young is a PhD fellow at Princeton University, and an assistant professor in Critical Intermedia Art at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

Chris Ziegler is a new media artist and director. Since the early 1990s, he has participated in numerous international collaborations for interdisciplinary projects in new media with the performing arts. His interactive film installations, multimedia performances and scenographic works are presented at festivals internationally. He received a Young Art and New Media Award in Munich in 2001 and won several design awards afterwards.

The recipient of a number of major scholarships and a prize winner at various international competitions, William Lane has performed as a soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. He has been a violist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and is the artistic director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. He regularly collaborates with artists from other disciplines, including the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Zuni Icosahedron.

Founded in 2007, is a Hong Kong-based arts organization that is solely devoted to the promotion and creation of contemporary music and experimental music. Since its inception, Contemporary Musiking (CM) has impressed local and overseas audience with its daring programming, and highly experimental productions that merge contemporary music with technology and new media resources. Past productions include Hong Kong Explode, a multi-media rendition of Bach’s classic Two Part Invention, re-arranged for a quartet of electric guitars; and Box of Revelation, a unique performance of Messiaen’s epic Quartet for the End of Time that is housed inside of a Facebook-inspired interactive installation. CM believes in Contemporary music as a relevant performing art from, and sees the need for a forward-looking platform for musical experiments in Hong Kong. CM regularly invites overseas musicians to collaborate with local composers. In addition, through its strategic partnership with arts organizations across genres, CM provides a cross-disciplinary, multi-media platform for composers to experiment, explore and expand.

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Programme Length
The programme lasts for about 75 minutes without intermission
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Ticketing and Discount Scheme

Tickets available from 3 February onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Discount Scheme*
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 Discount*
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for Samson Young x Chris Zeigler x William Lane - Circus & Spectacles and The Blue Planet

Group Booking Discount*
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets

*All discounts are not applicable to When Music Meets Multimedia lecture-workshop

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

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Internet Booking:
Credit Card Telephone booking: 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Audience of age 6 or above are welcome
Participants are strongly advised to arrive punctually.
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.

Presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Cost on music creation is partially sponsored by the CASH Music Fund 

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