Boundless Multi- Media Series: A Music Theatre Work - Minamata: A Requiem by Kung Chi Shing & Kingsley Ng
15-16 June 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm 16 June 2012 (Sat) 3pm Multi-Media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity $200 With post performance talk on 15/6 Free Seating
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Minamata: A Requiem Workshop by Kung Chi Shing
30 June 2012 (Sat) 3:30pm Classroom 512, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity $50
Conducted in Cantonese
Audience of age 6 or above are welcome
The workshop lasts for about 60 munutes with no intermission
The creator and composer Kung Chi Shing will share his experience in creating the Music Theatre Work - Minamata: A Requiem in the aspects of creation motivation, cooperation among artists and the process for completion of the work. Kung will introduce the works of some multi-media theatre artists such as Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Robert Lepage and Laurie Anderson, as well as examine their impact on his work. Participants can appreciate the diversity of multi-media theatre by sharing with Kung.
About the story
Fifty years ago, mercury pollution in the sea devastated the people of the small fishing towns near Minamata, Japan. Fifty years on, what lessons have we learned? What is the tide bringing in now? Musician and composer Kung Chi Shing and new media artist Kingsley Ng create a multi-media performance work in collaboration with actors, musicians and poets from Japan, the USA, the UK and Hong Kong: a requiem for the earth, inspired by the photographs of Minamata by Eugene Smith.
Kung Chi Shing
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Allen Trubitt and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group ‘The Box’, which he founded with Peter Suart in 1987, and more recently as founder and curator of the ‘Street Music Series’ of free public concerts in Hong Kong. In his compositions and performances, Kung focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical and improvisational music, and theatre art. Since 1996 he has created, composed and staged four full-length music theatre pieces: Destiny Travels Limited, The Floating Bridge, City Inside a Broken Sky(I&II) and M Garden.
He has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice. Kung’s solo recordings on CD include Destiny Travels Limited and Bluesilence/Fishdreams, while his recordings with The Box include the compilations BOX: GO HOME, The Box: Full Fathon Five and the special 20th anniversary set The Box Book.
Kingsley works primarily in conceptual, site-specific and community-oriented projects. He crafts relationship between the work and its context through interdisciplinary media, including interactive installation, public workshop, sound and spatial design. His projects have been featured internationally, such as the Lille Europe Pavilion in Shanghai Expo, Wien Kunsthalle in Austria, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan, IRCAM – Centre Pompidou in France, Fabrica Centre in Italy, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Canada, Museum of Art in Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.
He is recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009, the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Awards 2008, the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Gold Medal Awards 2007, the Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grants to Media Artists 2006, and the InterAccess Visual Arts Award 2003. He was a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008, and was an artist-in-residence at Cité internationale des arts Paris in 2010.
Performers Makoto Matsushima (Japan) Maki Morisita (Japan) Yau Chun Wai (HK) Peter Suart (UK) Julia Mok (HK) Chiara Kung (USA)
Musicians Hahn Rowe (USA), Kung Chi Shing (HK) Leung Yan Chiu (HK) Mike Yuen (HK) Shadow Kim (HK)
Music Kung Chi Shing
INSTALLATION & VISUALS Kingsley Ng
SCENARIST & DRAMATURGE Valerie C. Doran
Lyricists Valerie C. Doran Chow Yiu Fai
Lighting Designer Gabriel Fung
Production Manager Cheung Heung Ming
The programme lasts for about 80 minutes with no intermission
Ticketing and Concession
Tickets available from 4 May 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*
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