Curators Face to Face
Curated around the theme Becoming Real, this year’s Hong Kong International Black Box Festival presents four world-renowned productions that challenge our perceptions of reality in different ways and encourage audiences to question their reading of the everyday. In a world where the boundaries between what is real and unreal have become blurred, where social media is flooded with factual and fake information, where anything goes in the competition for hit rates and profit, and where AR and VR technologies develop so quickly that we question the reliability of what we feel and perceive, it can be hard not to feel drained and isolated. But if the real world community around us breaks down, where can we create a new sense of belonging? Could theatre, one of the oldest art forms, be a place for us to come together and face the challenges ahead? In this session, festival co-curators Fung Wai Hang and Low Kee Hong talk face to face with Lai Sim Fong about this year’s festival, about the world we live in, and about their observations of contemporary theatre and how artists respond to the circumstances around them.
|Speakers||Fung Wai Hang & Low Kee Hong|
|Moderator||Lai Sim Fong|
|Venue||HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1
(6/F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre)
|Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis.|
|Fung Wai Hang
A fine talent in stage art, Fung Wai Hang is not only an actor but also a director, playwright and programme coordinator. Fung obtained an MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Drama. Fung has taken on various positions of the HKRep, including Principal Actor, assistant to the Artistic Director, the Project Coordinator and Resident Director. Now she is Assistant Artistic Director of HKRep, coordinating and planning the company’s Black Box productions.
|Low Kee Hong
As Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District, Low Kee Hong is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for drama and theatre arts. In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of a number of projects and programmes that engage in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation. These include Hong Kong’s first International Workshop Festival of Theatre; a three-year programme on new directions in scenography (“What is Stage”); a three-year programme on dramaturgy (“Dramaturgy and Beyond”); international residency programmes with partners in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia; new commissions with international festivals, such as Samson Young’s One of Two Stories, or Both with the Manchester International Festival, Teatro de los Sentidos and Tang Shu Wing’s Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody with GREC Festival Barcelona; and West Kowloon’s first original Cantonese musical The Great Statesman featuring Cantonese opera elements.
|Lai Sim Fong
Lai Sim Fong graduated with an MFA in Theatre Practice from the University of Exeter, UK, where she studied under psychophysical actor training master Phillip Zarrilli. Recent directing work includes the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre production Etiquette and the Artelier production Spoken Light. Lai was also the dramaturg of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Red and Attempts on Her Life. Between 2014 and 2016, Lai was the dramaturg at Pants Theatre Production, where she was responsible for house programme design, audience development and outreach. In 2017, she worked as independent dramaturg at the Documentary Theatre Festival Hong Kong. She has also presented her work in the UK and Poland.