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Hotel Modern shows war in miniature

     Coming to Hong Kong for the first time, Hotel Modern from the Netherlands will show a miniature war in the theatre by live filming and projection. This is one many attractions of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's "Boundless Multi-media Series".

     "This is a deeply original and enthralling piece of theatre..." - Sunday Herald, UK

     "The Great War" is enacted on a miniature film set installed on stage. The scene is filmed using tiny cameras and the images are projected onto the screen simultaneously. The audience sees how scaled-down versions of landscapes of the Western Front are created using sawdust, potting soil and rusty nails. Sprigs of parsley are used as trees, rain falls from a plant spray and bombs from a gas burner. A pleasant cultivated landscape is gradually transformed into a devastated battlefield - the result is amazingly realistic. These images are accompanied by spoken passages from authentic soldiers' letters to home written in the trenches.

     Hotel Modern, established in 1997, includes actresses Arlène Hoornweg and Pauline Kalker, visual artist Herman Helle and sound composers Arthur Sauer and Ruud van der Pluijm. They blend visual art, puppetry, music, film and scale models in evocative and creative productions such as "City Now", "Shrimp Tales", "Rococo", "Kamp" and "The Great War", that steer a course between illusion and reality. During the past decade, their productions have been performed in auditoriums and black box theatres throughout the Netherlands and other European countries. They have also participated in numerous international festivals and received critical acclaim.

     "The Great War" will be staged at 8pm on August 14 and 15 at the Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre. Tickets priced at $200 and $160 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens aged 60 or over, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.) 10% discount will be offered to each purchase of standard tickets for "Boundless Multi-media Series" programmes "The Great War" by Hotel Modern (The Netherlands) and "Age of Wilderness" by Shu Ning Presentation Unit. For details of the booking schemes, please refer to the individual programme leaflets.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

     The programme is recommended for people aged 13 and up.

     Post performance meet-the-artist session (conducted in English) will be held after the show on August 14. Patrons are welcome to attend with free admission.

Ends/Friday, July 3, 2009


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