New Vision Arts Festival to feature cutting-edge performances
The New Vision Arts Festival, featuring a cutting-edge line-up of innovative music, dance, theatre and multi-media crossover, will showcase a wide spectrum of performances from Hong Kong and around the world.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the festival will run from October 23 to November 23.
The festival integrates the culture of East and West with a contemporary Asian focus -- from the stunning triple bill by the legendary modern dance troupe Nederlands Dans Theatre I, to the visually dazzling and emotionally enthralling "The Tempest" directed by Tsui Hark for the Contemporary Legend Theatre of Taiwan, to Li Liuyi New Drama's "Liang Hongyu", a production co-commissioned by the New Vision Arts Festival and the Holland Festival.
Nederlands Dans Theater I will start the festival with three sensational dances full of captivating movements: choreographic titan Jiri Kylián's "Tar and Feathers", Lightfoot León's "Shoot the Moon", and a new work "Renature" by choreographer Wayne McGregor and Japanese composer Karen Tanaka. These are top performances from a world-class dance company that should not be missed.
The closing performance "The Will to Build" is an innovative verbatim theatre production by Theatre du Pif in collaboration with Burst TV, a London–based collective of multi-media artists. Through a series of interviews with property tycoons, construction workers, architects, feng shui masters, politicians and others, it examines the past, present and future of Hong Kong's relentless cycle of construction and destruction, and its effects on the city's inhabitants.
The festival will also feature:
* Liu Sola & Ensemble Modern (Germany) chamber opera, "Fantasy of the Red Queen"
* Huong Thanh & Nguyên Lê Septet (Vietnam / France)'s "Fragile Beauty"
* Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), Jérome Bel (France) & Pichet Klunchun Dance Company's "About Khon"
* Dean Moss (USA) and Kim Yoon-jin (South Korea)'s "Kisaeng Becomes You"
* Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's Yo-Yo Ma concert and "Exotic birds and sad songs" concert
* Yo-Yo Ma & Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
* Zuni Icosahedron's "Zuni History Theatre: God Came to China"
* On & On Theatre Workshop and Mobius Strip Theatre of Taiwan's "In the Solitude of Cotton Fields"
* Yat Po Singers' "Rock Hard"
Apart from performances, the festival also offers multi-media installations, an exhibition, workshops, talks, lecture demonstrations, meet-the-artist sessions and outdoor concerts.
Tickets for the New Vision Arts Festival are available at URBTIX outlets from tomorrow (September 5). Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Group booking discounts of up to 20% are available.
Programme brochures are now available at URBTIX outlets or at the website www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk
For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 (from September 6) and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999 (from September 5). Internet bookings can be made at www.urbtix.hk.
Ends/Thursday, September 4, 2008
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the New Vision Arts Festival will run from October 23 to November 23.
Legendary modern dance troupe Nederlands Dans Theater I will start off the festival with three sensational dances: "Tar and Feathers", "Shoot the Moon", and a new work "Renature".
Directed by Tsui Hark for the Contemporary Legend Theatre of Taiwan and adapted from Shakespeare's work, "The Tempest" is visually dazzling and emotionally enthralling.