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Freespace at Taikoo Place To Bring Immersive and Interactive Performing Arts Programmes to Hong Kong

September 28, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Swire Properties and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced today the impending launch of Freespace at Taikoo Place, a collaboration that will immerse Hong Kong residents and performing arts aficionados in a host of hand-picked programmes ranging from shadow puppetry, music concerts or contemporary dance performances, to theatre productions.

Running from Thursday, 26 October to Sunday, 5 November 2017Freespace at Taikoo Place will bring together local, regional and international artists to showcase contemporary and cross-disciplinary art forms; and aims to drive the discovery of place, community and new art forms, as well as encourage creativity in everyday life.

And to make this event even more unforgettable, the performances will take place in multiple spaces including ArtisTree, Taikoo Park, Mr and Mrs Fox and the office lobbies within the Taikoo Place community, at different times of the day.

Don Taylor, Director, Office at Swire Properties, said “Freespace at Taikoo Place is a celebration of the arts and is a great example of Swire Properties’ commitment to engaging local communities. These performances will immerse tenants, nearby residents and the larger Hong Kong community in unique experiences, helping to make Taikoo Place as an ideal place to work, live and play. We are committed to bringing added value to the Quarry Bay area, and will continue to foster arts and culture in Hong Kong.”

“Art can make a difference in terms of signifying a place and we are excited to collaborate with Swire Properties to bring a cultural feast to the newly relocated ArtisTree and the wider Taikoo Place.  The two-week event gives us the opportunity to reach out to new audiences and establish partnerships with the commercial entity. Such programme will also deepen our collaboration with artists from Hong Kong and beyond,” said Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

Programmes at a glance

At the New ArtisTree

Freespace at Taikoo Place will host four, must-see, ultra-creative and colourful productions.

The first will be the Hong Kong debut performance of the internationally-acclaimed production – Luna del Ray by Manual Cinema. Described by New York Times critic Ben Brantley as an, “…enchanting…spectral parade of fantastical images…’ Luna del Ray features shadow puppets, actors in silhouettes and live music, and tells the story of a young girl’s rebellion against loneliness.

Experience Shakespeare like never before with Tim Crouch’s production – I, Malvolio. A hilarious re-imagination of Twelfth Night from the point of view of Shakespeare’s pent up steward Malvolio, the play is a one-man act that draws audiences deep into the madness of this classic comedy, and opens up the narrative for new audiences.

Multi-award-winning Australian choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist Sue Healey will present ON VIEW: HONG KONG. Commissioned and produced by West Kowloon, Healey is partnering with Hong Kong Dance Award cinematographer Maurice Lai and ten acclaimed Hong Kong dance artists to explore the notions of portraiture, identity and the moving body through online videos, an installation exhibition and live performances. Responding to Healey’s ON VIEW, five Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan filmmakers – Tsang Tsui Shan, Hugh Cho, Elysa Wendi, Chiu Chih-hua and Remu Iwai commissioned by West Kowloon will present Look Two Ways in the foyer, which will explore the ideas of time and space through dance video installations and feature another twelve Hong Kong dance artists.

And wrapping up the programmes at ArtisTree will be the immersive show MEETING. Pairing Antony Hamilton’s compulsive choreography withAlisdair Macindoe’s obsessive machine-making, the performance will mesmerise audiences through the ‘articulation of the body and mind in motion’; with the two performers sharing the space with 64 robotic percussion instruments.  This work has been toured to 12 countries across Europe and North America. This is the premiere in Asia.

At Mr and Mrs Fox

Exploring the endless possibilities of the performing arts, songwriter, psychologist and chef David Chong will perform ACROBAT at an unexpected venue – the popular Mr and Mrs Fox. The performance aims to foster interaction between the actor and audience through a meal that weaves a cultural mosaic of language, music, heritage and differences.

At Taikoo Place Office Lobbies & Outdoor Areas

Human Body Parts by Snuff Puppets will fill the office lobbies and outdoor spaces at Taikoo Place with roaming, giant interactive human body parts with minds of their own, who will demand people’s undivided attention. Audiences can whisper secrets to a giant ear, chew the fat with a disembodied mouth or tickle the toes of an enormous foot.

And in the PCCW Tower office lobby, small metal objects by Back to Back Theatre will explore the joys and difficulties of human interaction in a chaotic, status-driven world. Audiences should prepare to be both spectator and performer.

At Taikoo Park

Two lunchtime concerts and three weekend concerts will also be held at Taikoo Park, the green, landscaped open area at the entrance of One Island East, Swire Properties’ headquarters. The programme will showcase international and local talent including Jim Kroft, a British musician and film maker, and AMA, a multi-disciplinary artist who combines a range of expressive art forms into interactive art pieces and performances. Young artists will include 10-year-old Haley Wong, the first-ever Hong Kong youth to win an international music competition using the harp; as well as the

Fantastic Saxophone Ensemble, a youth group that is set to take saxophone music in Hong Kong to the next level.

Local indie, math-folk and all-girl band GDJYB (Gai Dan Jane Yuk Bang) will take to the stage, as will Swiss singer-songwriter Anna Aaron, who is known for her dramatic folk, pop and jazz music. Music lovers can also move to the tunes of the 10-piece international funk band Grove Lee –which is inspired by local hero Bruce Lee; or admire Chinese contemporary Kazak music by Mamer, founder of legendary band IZ.

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