British art collective Forest Fringe presents the ArtSnap programme at the New Vision Arts Festival 2014
This Autumn, British Council and the New Vision Arts Festival 2014 join hands again to launch the ‘ArtSnap - Cross-disciplinary Art Happenings’ project, an interesting and exciting series of arts programmes, on 31 October to 2 November 2014. British art collective Forest Fringe will collaborate with local artists to transform the Kwai Tsing Theatre into an energising open arts arena filled with an array of creative possibilities. Non-stop performances at the Black Box Theatre will be joined by a range of exhilarating happenings taking place simultaneously in the Foyer, Plaza and surrounding environs, manifesting the spirit of ‘art without borders’.
Ticketed programmes at Black Box Theatre
(1) ROMCOM by Ant Hampton and Glen Neath (UK)
Unrehearsed and unaware of what they will need to do, two local performers are asked to act out the story of a relationship. Their only guide is a set of instructions delivered by headphones once they are on stage. Different artists will appear in every show. And every pair will deliver their own interpretation of the prompts, making each show unique within the same production setting. A dramatic encounter between the perpetual and the improvised, and the best proof there are no ‘second takes’ in life.
Programme schedule and cast:
Date & Time
31 October 2014
1 November 2014
2 November 2014
2 November 2014
(2) Watch Me Fall by Action Hero (UK)
British duo Action Hero, formed in 2005, offer their own ‘low-tech’ take on our obsession with the extreme, using a bicycle and a DIY runway to examine risk and audiences’ constant need for greater thrills and spills.
6.30 p.m. on 31 October 2014
2.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
2.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
In English with Chinese subtitles
(3) Kafka Fragments by Alice Theatre Laboratory and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
The Kafka Fragments song cycle by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag comprises 40 shirt pieces that draw inspiration from the letters, diaries and notebooks of Czech author Franz Kafka. Here, Alice Theatre Laboratory and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble take Kurtag’s pioneering minimalist work on to the stage in a beautifully lit and surreal show.
7.15 p.m. on 1 November 2014
4.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
Performed in German with Chinese and English subtitles.
(4) She Who Encountered Kafka X The New Rendezvous with Nalan by Alice Theatre Laboratory
She Who Encountered Kafka – A sequel created by director Andrew Chan to his award-winning Seven Boxes Possessed of Kafka, utilising improvisation, physical movement, spoken word, chanting and unconventional performance spaces in Kwai Tsing Threatre.
The New Rendezvous with Nalan – Nalan Xingde (1655 – 1685) was a renowned Qing poet best known for his moving, romantic verse. In this physical theatre production, Alice Theatre Laboratory follows up on a previous visit to Nalan’s literary world, delivering another powerful synthesis of dramatic and poetic arts. In Cantonese with English subtitles.
9.45 p.m. on 31 October 2014
5.30 p.m. & 9.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
9.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
(1) Walking: Holding by Rosana Cade (UK)
With Walking Holding, it’s time to put conventional thinking aside and connect with fellow urbanities. Those taking part in this participatory performance go on a designated walk where a variety of people hold their hand and engage in conversation along the way.
2.00 – 6.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
2.00 – 6.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
Registration is required at Kwai Tsing Theatre Plaza on the day of the event. Limited quota available on a first-come, first-served basis. Programme will be conducted in Cantonese.
(2) Hold My Hand, and We’re Halfway There by Brian Lobel (UK)
Explore alienation in the city with the help of four televisions, 12 headsets, a bed and a collection of classic musicals in this off-beat, interactive performance installation. Watch as artist Brian Lobel immerses himself in music and dance in his tiny ‘room’, while reflecting on the question ‘Where are you alone and when are you lonely?’ Brian usually keeps stepping for four hours non-stop, and in vibrant New York managed eight hours a day for five days in a row!
6.30 – 9.45 p.m. on 31 October 2014
2.00 – 5.30 p.m. & 7.15 – 9.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
2.00 – 4.15 p.m. & 5.45 – 9.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
Location: Kwai Tsing Theatre foyer
(3) Video Soundspace I – Kwai Tsing by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Hong Kong composer Lam Lai uses filed recordings in Kwai Tsing district to produce a site-specific multi-media work combining an installation and live performance. The installation presents video art as traditional oil painting, developing a new artistic format and a fresh way to look at the medium, while music is used to simulate different types of ambient noise, strikingly reflecting the nieghbourhood in sound.
6.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
4.30 p.m. on 2 November 2014
Remote Collaboration by Tim Etchells (UK) – Tim Etchells uses posters to create a new work for his on-going ‘remote collaboration’ with Forest Fringe, a project that has already included booklets, video installations and a series of imaginary film titles on a cinema marquee in Bangkok.
A Soundmap in Two Parts by Andy Field (UK) – Andy Field has spent the past six months making 10-second recordings of ambient noise surrounding people lost in sleeping or fancing. The result is a map of quietude and excitement, sadnesses and joy that takes listeners on a wordless journey through the world.
6.30 – 10.45 p.m. on 31 October 2014
2.00 – 10.00 p.m. on 1 November 2014
2.00 – 10.00 p.m. on 2 November 2014
A limited number of 1-day passes are available for ticketed shows at HK$350 at the Black Box Theatre. For details, please visit http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/programmes/arts/newvisionfestival2014.