Multimedia artists from Hong Kong and Japan will stage three cutting-edge programmes in the "Boundless Multimedia Series", to be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, from mid-September to early November.
SIRO-A from Japan will offer an interactive multimedia physical theatre programme entitled "SIRO-A Spectacle Projection Mapping Show". Six members will interact with technology through dance, comedy, mime and shadow-puppetry. The show will take the audience to a dreamlike virtual world. Spectacular projection mapping produced by SIRO-A as well as lighting animation, stunning laser effects and pulsating electro beats will feature in several scenes with breathtaking optical illusions, sound and light, creating a feast for the senses.
Local multimedia artist Nerve will serve as director and collaborate with veteran artists from various fields of the arts for "1984 - A Cinematic Opera". The production will present the idea of "Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4". In the performance, the theatre can become a cinema, a cinema can become the backdrop of an opera. A telescreen can meanwhile be viewed as both a medium of transmission and the mirror of surveillance. Time and space are bounded by the stage and a telescreen in this performance, and the roles will shuttle between live presence and images, leaping between 1984 and 2014 and mourning a disappearing language with a renewed singing voice.
Local performing group the box is formed by Kung Chi-shing and Peter Suart. Major productions have been called "sides" and have investigated the relationship between music, strong visual effects and dramatic elements. The productions are always closely related to classical literature. The music theatre work "the world was made on a sunday" (side 15) by the box talks about Vladimir Nabokov, Dmitri Shostakovich and Josef Stalin. By looking at these three men and in connection with Nabokov's autobiography, the performance will explore the relationship of childhood memories, butterflies, chess and power with art through music, speech and theatrical gesture.
Details of the performances are as follows:
"SIRO-A Spectacle Projection Mapping Show"
September 12 and 13 (Friday and Saturday), 8pm
September 13 and 14 (Saturday and Sunday), 3pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Tickets: $260 and $200
"1984 - A Cinematic Opera" by Nerve
October 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday), 8pm
October 12 (Sunday), 5pm
Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
the box, side 15 - "the world was made on a sunday"
October 31 and November 1 (Friday and Saturday), 8pm
November 2 (Sunday), 3pm
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Tickets: $230 and $180
Tickets are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the "Boundless Multimedia Series" and the group booking package; please refer to the series brochure and individual programme leaflets for details.
For details of the programmes, please call 2268 7323, or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/multi_arts/group_54.html . For ticketing enquiries, please call 3761 6661. For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk .
A post-performance talk will be conducted after the first performance of each programme.
Ends/Friday, July 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:33
SIRO-A from Japan will offer a programme entitled "SIRO-A Spectacle Projection Mapping Show" in the "Boundless Multimedia Series".
Local multimedia artist Nerve will serve as the director for "1984 - A Cinematic Opera".
The musictheatre work "the world was made on a sunday" (side 15) by the box will also be staged in the series.