Arts Festival gets its acts together

Arts festival gets its acts together

The Hong Kong Arts festival has been getting its acts together to present some socially distanced online events and even, for those who are in Hong Kong, some in venue presentations. Some of the latter are still screened events since Hong Kong’s 21-day quarantine is a logistical non-starter for international live performers but local artists will be live.

Some of the online events can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world. Others, presumably for copyright reasons, can only be watched from within Hong Kong.

Some online highlights include; Illusionist Scott Silven presenting The Journey, an interactive, immersive, live production, March March 2-14; Wiener Symphoniker with an Inaugural Concert of 2020/21 Season, March 4-7 and The Beautiful Melodies of Franz Lehár, March 18-21; The Plague, a play directed by avant-garde Chinese director Wang Chong, March 19-21 and 24 – 28 March and Russia’s Igor Moiseyev Ballet March performing nine of its best-loved dances March 26-28 (see pic).

For those in Hong Hong there is in venue screenings of The Red Shoes, a new recording of Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier Award-winning stage production based on the 1948 movie classic, February 27-28.

Of course, Hong Kong’s own performers don’t need to quarantine so they will perform in person. These include; The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra presenting Music About China on February 27. (Thanks to the virus and venue availability, this will now be an online event. See link below for details)

There are also several performances in the Contemporary Dance Series sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club including the intriguing Finding Meaning in an Uncertain World, an interactive dance experience puts audiences in the driver’s seat, March 19-20.

Equally curious is the Anita Rochon play Pathetic Fallacy, a live touring piece that puts no performer on tour. Instead local actors are used in a presentation that tackles the problem of climate change, March 11-13.

A complete programme and how to register or buy tickets can be found here. The online productions that are Hong Kong only are clearly marked.

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