Preview: Hong Kong Arts Festival 2018
The Hong Kong Arts Festival has returned this year with yet another fantastic lineup of the very best arts productions from all around the world. From mindboggling theatre to soul stirring music, you’ll find an eclectic mix of events that will appeal to any and every person visiting the festival.
Having started on 23rd February, the festival is already well under way and is set to run all the way until 24th March. If you’re in Hong Kong anytime till then, then we’d definitely recommend checking out our picks of the festival over the following weeks:
Before it comes to the Esplanade in Singapore later this month, National Theatre’s Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time is already playing to critical acclaim in Hong Kong on its virgin Asian tour. Adapted from Mark Haddon’s award-winning, bestselling 2003 novel of the same name, Curious Incident has gone on to win multiple Tony and Olivier Awards when it premiered in America and London respectively, and is a marvel of theatrical design, powerful acting and a universal story that will appeal to audiences all around the world. Expect the unexpected as the initial mystery gives way to a story far more personal, as we follow protagonist Christopher Boone on an epic journey of self discovery and the power of family.
The Welsh National Opera has risen over the years, winning awards with each production, including Best Opera Production in 2016 at the Wales Theatre Awards for this production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. A powerful opera that follows a tragic love triangle within the royal family, expect eye popping visuals and a score that will haunt you long after leaving the theatre, as directed by WNO artistic director David Poutney as he brings Debussy’s only opera to life.
The American Ballet Theatre is one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. They’re bringing their acclaimed production of Swan Lake to Singapore this week, and in Hong Kong, they’ll be presenting this surreal, saccharine sweet production entitled Whipped Cream. Dressed in sugary costumes and with whimsical moves choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden, watch this gloriously decadent dance about a young boy who enters a whipped dream when he overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop. Get introduced to characters like Princess Praline, Prince Coffee and marching Marzipan in this celebratory work of all desserts set to a score by Richard Strauss.
Aeschylus’ ancient Greek play is given a modern twist by the Actors Touring Company and Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. Having last played at the Young Vic in London, The Suppliant Women is adapted by David Greig and directed by Ramin Gray, and in this new version, follows a chorus of fifty refugee women as they leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. From escaping forced marriage to seeking asylum in Greece, Aeschylus’ classic play takes on new significance as its themes continues to ring true in our current troubled times.
A HKAF commission, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series is now in its seventh year, and places a particular focus this time on cross-border inspiration, international collaboration and long-term strategic artistic goals, with the featured artists’ experimentation. In the coming week, the series will feature Dance Off, as seven new works have been choreographed and will be presented at the Kwai Tsing Theatre’s black box. From Tracy Wong’s reflection on the pressures of the outside world to Felix Ke’s themes of thanatosian fear inspired by Don DeLillo’s White Noise, to Rex Cheng’s adaptation and revamping of Chinese opera in a contemporary dance duet, this year’s showcase is sure to blaze new trails and firmly cement Hong Kong’s place as a key player in the international dance scene.
The 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival runs till 24th March 2018. Tickets available from their website here