Preview: Hong Kong International Black Box Festival 2018 – Becoming Real

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Taking on the theme of Becoming Real, the inaugural Hong Kong International Black Box Festival has been launched. Co-presented by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the festival runs from 11th October to 2nd November 2018, and feature a total of four unconventional theatre productions from around the world, utilising the Black Box space to represent a realm of possibility, bringing together new thoughts that challenge the boundaries by directors from China, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Hong Kong.

“Oedipus Schmoedipus” by post / HKRep (Australia/ Hong Kong)
Oedipus Schmoedipus. Photo: Jorge Sanchez

While two productions have already ended their run (One Fine Day by Beijing’s new Youth Group and MDLSX by Italy’s Motus), audiences can still catch Australian/Hong Kong collaboration Oedipus Schmoedipus by post and HKRep this week, as well as Milo Rau’s Five Easy Pieces next week, presented by International Institute of Political Murder and CAMPO (Germany/Belgium). Five Easy Pieces was also a seminal piece that was seen in Singapore during the 2016 Singapore International Festival of the Arts.

Five Easy Pieces ©Phile Deprez_mid
Five Easy Pieces. Photo: Phile Deprez

Each of these four piece have or will offer audiences the very pinnacle of contemporary theatre, as it disrupts our usual flow of thought and forces us to rethink the world we live in today, one that is of war and hatred, ruled by fear and misinformation. With the theme Becoming Real, the inaugural Hong Kong International Black Box Festival then allows us the space to consider our definitions of fiction and reality, as these shows blur the lines and offer new perspectives to challenge our very perspective of the everyday. Do we truly have power in a world that seems hell bent on keeping us in check? One is no longer simply a spectator, witness or consumer, as we engage deeply with these exciting productions and theatre itself in new and energising ways.

The 2018 Hong Kong International Black Box Festival runs from 11th October to 2nd November 2018. For full lineup and tickets, visit their website here

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