22 Aug 2021 By AWAY IN STYLE

A season of performing Arts in Autumn

Seven multi-disciplinary local programmes give a timely response to the present

Tai Kwun is pleased to announce an all-new performing arts season of SPOTLIGHT, which will showcase seven programmes uniquely created for Tai Kwun from September until October 2021; offering performances and a cultural feast of Hong Kong talent for Tai Kwun audiences.

Carrying on the mission to explore the uncharted areas of performing arts, SPOTLIGHT will present six newly commissioned works. The site-specific theatre production The Inner Études takes us on an intimate journey beginning from a granite found near Prison Wall. Meanwhile, two new music productions – LauZone, a Hong Kong-style cabaret created by the team of the sold-out Tri Ka Tsai – will give a humorous account of the city’s unique cultural values; while The Happy Family presents a concert featuring an original novel and score, as it tells the story of a middle-class Hong Kong family.

Three distinctly different dance works will demonstrate the breadth of movement. These include the innovative Minute Moonshinethat takes you from the virtual online world to Tai Kwun; Diary VII • The Story Of…… by the celebrated choreographer Mui Cheuk Yin; and No. 60: Back to Basic, a lecture performance by Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun on contemporary and Thai Khon dance. Our partner Unlock Dancing Plaza will present free public workshops and performances to explore the relationship between body and methodology of choreography. SPOTLIGHT will be staged from 16 September to 17 October 2021, site-wide in Tai Kwun; tickets available at art-mate.net and URBTIX now. Please visit the Tai Kwun website for programme details

DanceDiary VII • The Story Of…… 1619.09.2021

One of Hong Kong’s most iconic dancers and choreographers, Mui Cheuk Yin began the Diary project in 1986. Over time, it has developed into a series of intimate and autobiographical dance works that see Mui navigate her illustrious career and, more importantly, making a connection with the world through dance. In her latest work, Diary VII • The Story Of……, Mui chronicles her stories with stray cats through text, images, sounds, and her agile moves to find subtle parallels between feline traits and her philosophy in life. The shrewd and astute gazes of the cats seem to penetrate beyond the ephemeral nature of the city over the years. With their delicate steps and gentle moves, the cats appear to caress the wounds suffered by the fading city.

Date & Time: 16–19 September 2021, 8pm; 18–19 September 2021, 3pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

Hong Kong-style cabaretLauZone │2326.09.2021

Tackling the bittersweet relationship between Cantonese speakers and their ancestors is LauZone, co-created by Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau. As the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed and hit production Tri Ka Tsai also showcased at Tai Kwun in 2019, the multi-talented trio presents another poignant yet playful performance highlighting the rich variety of Chinese dialects. Prepare yourself for the euphony of dialects, music, and laughter as Rick Lau and Anna Lo shine in a cabaret show that sings a tribute to the lives and memories of the melting pot known as Hong Kong, as well as our roots and inherited legacy.

Date & Time: 23–25 September 2021, 8pm; 25–26 September 2021, 3pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

Dance Theatre x ARGMinute Moonshine │01.1003.10.2021

Five Hong Kong artists based both locally and in London will immerse Minute Moonshine audiences in the rich historicity of Tai Kwun, as they invite spectators to enter a surreal world traversing between a dance performance, visual images and installations. Through the form of contemporary experimental theatre and an alternate reality game (ARG), Minute Moonshine seamlessly blends ARG, performance and authentic Hong Kong elements in a number of simulated realms that deconstruct and reorganise familiar imageries of Hong Kong.

Date & Time: 1-2 October, 8pm; 2-3 October 2021, 3pm

Venue: F Hall Studio, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $280

Music X Literature X ProjectionThe Happy Family0103.10.2021

With Hong Kong ranked 77th in world happiness, is having a warm and perfect family a foregone conclusion? After the chamber opera Women Like Us, composer Daniel Lo and novelist Wong Yi have collaborated once again with The Happy Family. The contemporary music composition ponders the intimate topic of “family” through a typical middle-class Hong Kong household of five and their dog. The Happy Family features an all-new riveting score for a seven-player instrumental ensemble, narrator Yau Chung Wai, as well as video and animation by media artist Yu Wing Yan. This beautiful encounter of music and literature is a nuanced portrait of the intricate entanglements and inevitable sacrifices made by Hong Kong families.

Date & Time: 1–2 October 2021, 8:15pm; 2–3 October 2021, 3:30pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

DanceNo. 60: Back to Basic 0710.10.2021

One of Thailand’s crowning and scared artistic treasures, Khon is a form of dance theatre that combines elements including dance, drama, music, poetry, and shadow play into an art form traditionally performed in the royal courts. In No. 60: Back to Basic, Pichet Klunchun will lead four Hong Kong dancers from different disciplines and training to an exploration that transcends culture and countries. Through a lively combination of demonstration and lecture, Klunchun contemplates the meaning of maintaining the artistic legacy and its transformation. No. 60: Back to Basic breaks the conformity and translates the spirit of Khon into a contemporary context, allowing Hong Kong dancers to showcase their uniqueness by deconstructing the fundamental Khon techniques.

Date & Time: 7–9 October 2021, 8pm; 9 October 2021, 3pm; 10 October 2021, 5pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $280

Site-specific TheatreThe Inner Études 0717.10.2021

Presented by the creative team behind the highlight programme Property Guide at Lou Kau Mansion in the 2021 Macao Arts Festival, The Inner Études is a rock-themed immersive theatre inspired by Victoria Prison and the geological history of Hong Kong rocks. Wearing headsets, the audience ventures into the century-old prison built with granite and connects with the emotions and experiences of those imprisoned a century ago, by being immersed in a collage of projections, lighting, soundscape and performance.

Date & Time: 7-10, 12–17 October 2021, 7pm & 9pm

Venue: Site-wide, Tai Kwun

Ticket: $300

Partner Programme#DANCELESS complex│16.0916.10.2021

Our partner Unlock Dancing Plaza will present free public workshops and performances to explore the relationship between body and methodology of choreography.

Drink and Dance

Drink and Dance literally means to drink and to dance – imagine yourself at a party, immersed in the throbbing and excessively loud music – what is left on your mind? Perhaps it is simply a blank state, what is left is the pure joy of overindulgence.

Date & Time: 16–19 September 2021, 6:30pm

Venue: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun

Ticket: Free Admission 

FreeSteps Workshop by Su Wei Chia

The workshop employs some of the methodologies into education, leading the participants to explore their body movements, and dance freely to search for and to create endless possibilities of the body.

Date & Time:

15 October 2021, 7:30pm

16 October 2021, 10:30am & 3pm

Venue: JC Cube, Tai Kwun

Ticket: Free Registration Online

Visitor information

Tai Kwun adopts social distancing measures in compliance to the latest safety regulations. Visitors are required to wear surgical masks, undergo temperature screening, and either scan “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code or register personal particulars. Eating and drinking in public areas is temporarily not allowed. The frequency of cleansing is being stepped up for high contact surfaces throughout the day, and hand sanitiser stations are available throughout Tai Kwun. Visit the Tai Kwun website for more details: https://www.taikwun.hk/en/visit/visiting_tai_kwun.