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Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and the West Kowloon Cultural District co-present the "Hong Kong International Black Box Festival"

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Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and the West Kowloon Cultural District co-present
The Hong Kong International Black Box Festival
Offering a glimpse of the diverse possibilities
of the contemporary theatre from around the world


【Hong Kong Repertory Theatre】Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRep) and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) co-present the Hong Kong International Black Box Festival (Festival) from 11 October to 2 November 2018. With the theme ‘Becoming Real’, the festival present four unmatched contemporary theatre scenes which come from Beijing, Italy, Australia/ Hong Kong and Switzerland/ Germany/ Belgium, showcasing refreshing theatrical experiences for Hong Kong audiences. Alongside the Festival, the HKRep and WKCDA bring a series of complementary programmes, including talks, workshops, and sharing sessions with directors. These sessions are designed for the artists to share their creative process with the audience, and to enable an engaging and multi-layered experience that introduces the depth of contemporary theatre to the audience.


Fung Wai Hang, Assistant Artistic Director of HKRep, said: “Since 2014, the biannual International Black Box Festival has provided an in-depth introduction to different theatre cultures from all over the world. The festival will now be renamed as the Hong Kong International Black Box Festival and it marks the first of many collaborations between the HKRep and WKCDA. Together, we believe in curating the best and brightest of the contemporary theatre scene from around the world for Hong Kong audiences. The festival will not only encourage exchange and communication between artists; it will also provide audiences with an opportunity to take part in the creative process. We look forward to seeing the “Becoming Real” theatre series on the stage to stimulate thinking and allow Hong Kong audiences to experience the magical and varied possibilities of the theatre.


Low Kee Hong, Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at WKCDA, highlights the importance of this collaboration: “WKCDA has always been committed to promoting international exchanges. We are pleased to co-present the Festival with the HKRep, and to introduce quality international productions that are not often shown in Hong Kong. Through this, we expect to generate infinite possibilities for the local theatre scene, as well as among the actors and audiences. This partnership is a crucial step in the ongoing preparation for the opening of Freespace at the West Kowloon Cultural District in 2019, which aims to inspire a multitude of new experiences and establish a nursing ground for artistic creation.”


About the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is the longest standing and largest professional theatre company in the city, established in 1977 and incorporated in 2001. Financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre operates under the guidance of its Governing Council, and employs a team of over 70 full-time professionals including the artistic director, assistant artistic director, actors, technical and stage management staff as well as administrators. Since its establishment 41 years ago, it has presented more than 300 productions, many of which have become classics of the local theatre canon. The mission of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is to produce and develop a high quality, innovative and diverse repertoire, encompassing Chinese, international, classic, and contemporary theatre, as well as original new works by local artists. At the same time, the Repertory Theatre aims to develop the audiences’ interest and appreciation of theatre and to enrich the city’s cultural life, through its leadership position as the city’s flagship theatre company.


About West Kowloon Cultural District

Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.




Hong Kong International Black Box Festival

Date: 11 October to 2 November 2018

Venue: HKRep Black Box and Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre

Tickets: www.urbtix.hk


Programme Date Time Venue
One Fine Day
New Youth Group (Beijing)
11* – 13 October 2018 8:00pm HKRep Black Box
13 October 2018 3:00pm
14 October 2018 5:00pm
Motus (Italy)
17* – 20 October 2018 8:00pm HKRep Black Box
21 October 2018 5:00pm
Oedipus Schmoedipus
post/ HKRep(Australia/ Hong Kong)
26* – 27, 29 October 2018 8:00pm HKRep Black Box
27 October 2018 4:00pm
28 October 2018 5:00pm
Five Easy Pieces
Milo Rau/ International Institute of Political Murder/ CAMPO (Switzerland/ Germany/ Belgium)
31 October – 2 November 2018 8:00pm  Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre

*With post-performance talk


Talks, workshops and screening

活動 日期 時間 講者 地點
Personal Pastiche with post (Workshop) 1 October 2018 2:00pm-5:00pm Zoë Coombs Marr & Mish Grigor HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1(6/F Sheung Wan Civic Cenre)
Curators Face to Face  (Talk) 6 October 2018 11:00am-1:00pm Fung Wai Hang & Low Kee Hong, Co-curators, Hong Kong International Black Box Festival HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1
Public Seminar by Stefan Bläske: Dramaturgy and Political Theatre Today (Talk) 6 October 2018 3:30pm-6:30pm Stefan Bläske Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Between the Real and the Represented (Workshop) 7 October 2018 2:00pm-5:00pm Ching Chin Wai Luke HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1
The Remains of Our Memories (Workshop) 13 October 2018 10:00am-1:00pm Li Jianjun HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1
Moving Entities (Workshop) 20 October 2018 3:00pm-6:00pm Enrico Casagrande, Daniela Nicolò & Silvia Calderoni HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1
The Congo Tribunal by Milo Rau (Screening) 30 October 2018 7:30pm N/A Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema



New Youth Group One Fine Day (Beijing)

What in your mind constitutes a fine day? Do you want to know how other people envisage it? Beijing-based director Li Jianjun has a unique flair in creating different theatrical experiences. For this performance, he invites you to put on headphones, tuning in on the stories of “one fine day” as narrated by 19 normal Hongkongers. No longer is the stage populated by professionally trained, well-rehearsed actors. Normal urban dwellers share their experiences with the audience, who can choose to listen to a single story or switch to different channels at any time to hear another tale. Everyone holds a key to open the secret chambers residing in each of their hearts, finding empathy in the process.


One Fine Day touched the hearts of audiences in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Those who took part were inspired to ponder such issues as personal relationships and how people relate to society. An open call for participants will be organized for the Hong Kong premiere of One Fine Day. We welcome you to take part in this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. We look forward to discovering interesting people and events that are quintessentially Hong Kong.


Motus MDLSX (Italy)

Premio Ubu-winner Silvia Calderoni employs music, video and her physicality, daring to challenge the audience to explore the human body at its most natural state and imagine beyond the boundary of gender. Through expressive movement and poetic text, with music played by a live DJ, Calderoni portrays the violence, bewilderment and emotional unravelling that she experienced. This 80-minute monologue takes our breath away. When definitions are all stripped away, who are you? MDLSXhas toured around the world. Tickets for its 2016 Taipei Arts Festival presentation sold out at record speed. This Hong Kong premiere is not to be missed.


post / HKRep Oedipus Schmoedipus (Australia/ Hong Kong)

Two Australian artists—Zoë Coombs Marr and Mish Grigor—resurrect classic drama in Oedipus Schmoedipus, spinning lines, plots and symbolism drawn from masterworks dealing with the subject of death into a brand-new, fun-filled performance. Death isn’t merely the prerogative of dramatic heroes, it’s intimately connected to each of us. What makes this production even more glorious is that apart from the playing host, 25 members of the public are enlisted to take part in each performance. With only a few hours’ rehearsal on the day of performance, their appearance adds much excitement, making the Oedipus Schmoedipus experience totally unique.


Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder / CAMPO Five Easy Pieces (Switzerland/ Germany/ Belgium)

Is it possible to use a theatrical work to probe the limits of what children know, feel and do, making it serve an educational purpose? Sociologist and director Milo Rau sets up an ambitious project involving seven children under 13, casting them through simple exercises in roles associated with the serial killer Marc Dutroux: his father, policemen, his victims and politicians. Five Easy Piecesalso alludes to the mass demonstration of 300,000 against Belgium’s corrupt judiciary. On the other hand, the work examines how children, through their actions, grapple with serious questions about morality. When adults witness children being assigned various roles in this notorious case, how do they respond? How do they react to their own fears, hopes and taboos? In that grey area between reality and role-play, how can we re-examine our own conduct and that of the next generation in preventing another tragedy?The powerful impact of Five Easy Pieces, which has toured to Singapore and more than a dozen countries in Europe, catapulted this work to popular acclaim. This work makes its premieres in Hong Kong and Beijing in 2018.


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Media Enquiries:

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

Anita Wong, Head of Marketing and Development Karen Chan, Assistant Manager (Corporate Communication)
Phone: 852-3103 5933 Phone: 852-3103 5977
Email: anitawong@hkrep.com Email: karenchan@hkrep.com

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Mo Hoi Yi, Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Phone:852- 2200 0714