Hong Kong Arts Festival
Five decades since their appearance on American TV’s The Muppet Show brought them fame, Mummenschanz are still unrivalled masters of their art. Using surreal, life-size puppets, masks, light, shadow and awe inspiring optical illusions their colourful world of transformation enthralls audiences of all ages around the world. Timeless, ingenious and stunning visual theatre that makes dreamers of us all. Theatre magic from Switzerland for the whole family.
Location: Lyric Theatre, HKAPA and Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Christian Frei: Tectonics of Humanity
Oscar-nominated and Sundance winning Swiss director-producer Christian Frei plays both truth and dare, and is known for his attempts at weaving documentaries about different walks of life. His topics cover lovesickness in New York, extinct mammoth hunting in Siberia, the Taliban’s destruction of the largest Buddha statue, war photographer James Nachtwey, space tourism and more. Through investigating humanity’s ways of life in the extremes, Frei uncovers profound faces and forces of human nature. Frei was president of the Documentary Film Commission for the film section of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and is now president of the Swiss Film Academy.
Lecture; Exhibition ; Movie
Panel Discussion and Film screening
The distinguished panelists will explain the Swiss political system, its mechanism of direct democracy, and talk about the progress (or lack of) on gender equality. Furthermore, they will explore the link between direct democracy and gender equality and discuss if the model of direct democracy can accelerate social justice.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road
Roman Aebersold presents the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and gives an introduction into the Votes & Voices exhibiton on display at Goethe Institute Hong Kong. Votes & Voices presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No. 2 Harbour Road
The Votes & Voices exhibition presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented musicians, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multicultural and intellectually and aesthetically pleasing.
Location: Lee Hysan Concert Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sponsored by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, three energetic and active Swiss projects will be touring seven Chinese cities in November in China. Join them if you wish to get away and enjoy freedom through music. 2m2 is the result of teamwork between China’s noise experimenter Mei Zhiyong, and the eclectic Swiss drummer Maxime Hänsenberger. An explosive collaboration is to be expected! Also joining the league are PURPURA and NuR, Andrea Nucamendi’s and Claudia Cerri’s solo projects of abstract and experimental electronic music, promising to give the audience a feast of sound.
Location: SAAL, Suite D, 3/F, 54 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Black Box Festival
Five Easy Pieces, concept, text and direction by Milo Rau, a Swiss theatre and film director, journalist, essayist and lecturer, is a profound, funny and confrontational experience that blends realism and brutality, probing the limits of what children know, feel, and do and initiating them in the emotional and political absurdities of the adult world. Using performers aged under 13, and the biography of the country’s most notorious criminal, child killer Marc Dutroux, the performance sketches a brief history of Belgium and reflects on the (re)presentation of human feelings on stage.
Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Black Box Festival
Filmed on-location in eastern Congo and in Berlin, the harrowing theatre and film project The Congo Tribunal offers a profound analytic tableau of the causes and background of one of the biggest and bloodiest economic wars in the history of mankind – the war affecting the Great Lakes region of Central Africa for the past 20 years.
Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Just before the summer vacation 15-year-old Mia and her parents move to the suburbs of Zürich. She has long felt estranged from her parents, and when she asks whether she might be adopted her mother becomes offended – but doesn’t reply. While Mia plunges into a wild teenager existence in an attempt to cope with it all, her body begins to change oddly. First hardly noticeably, but then with a force that threatens to drive her out of her mind. In her despair she attempts to numb herself with sex and drugs, hoping to halt the tidal wave that is overwhelming her. But nature is more powerful. Mia’s transformation progresses inexorably, and she turns into the being which has slumbered within her for years… and is now gaining the upper hand.
Location: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Center and Cinematheque Passion, Macau