Cats and the Coastal Forest (2021)
The immersive theatre at the whole heritage building Fringe Club in Hong Kong. The audiences should become cats on the street and join the journey of three cats in the story.
Inspired the TV game ‘Death Stranding’, the citizens could not be allowed to go outside from home instead of the police and the couriers. However, some people still went to the protest zone at all. After fours days of the war in the protest zone, three home cats of three protesters, WU, Whitty, and Milly, tried to come in the empty city and found their ‘human slaves’. Finally, they used their ‘super cat power’ (such as cat’s telegram by stepping the floor, understanding the languages and technology of humans, communicating with the ghost of dark shadows, and so on) to rescue humans in the darkest hour of the central of the city.
A Poem in Jail
In prison, time is at once transitory and eternal….resurfacing as memories for the future. In the 1980s, two women were imprisoned in Victoria Prison, where they experienced an unexpected romance in confinement. Their growing affections for each other were interrupted as one was released while the other wrote a love poem of longing on her bed board. When released from prison, she discovered that her lover had already married. She suppressed her mishmash of feelings and started a family as well. Approaching 1997, she did not want to live in a bigger prison. The decision to immigrate prompted a final rendezvous and conversation in which deep feelings were cast aside but never forgotten. Inspired by a bed board with a love poem found in a women’s prison, this groundbreaking immersive production features artists across disciplines, including Pat To Yan (theatre), Kingsley Ng (media installation), Adrian Yeung (video artist), Jass Leung (dramaturg) and Chow Yiu Fai (lyric artist). The immersive theatre will be remade in Tai Kwun, as lyrics, sounds, images and theatrical performances are interwoven, leading the audience to tread a path that explores Central then and now.
Milonga Online by the sea
The seaside. By the forest. Evening breeze. Music. Tango. Five men and women from different parts of the city, each with different personalities and perspectives, have come together this evening to enjoy the “Milonga”, the dance party culture of the Argentine Tango.
The Argentine Tango is a charismatic dance that attracts the eyes of the world. The milonga - a combination of Tango dancing, drinking and chit chat - is a social and cultural activity widely popular in South America. People dress up according to the ambience of the party, and on their feet are shoes suitable for tango. They socialise, drink, saunter around, toast each other, chat, and when in the mood, with just tacit eye contact, are ready to take to the dance floor. Here, no social rules are set, everything is impromptu. It is an everyday social activity among friends to enjoy beautiful moments of their leisure time together.
Audience members can choose from one of the dancers going to a milonga as the subject to follow throughout the entire journey. It is a narrative of an ordinary day and there are no gripping or dramatic turns. The fun is in the details of the happenings in the milonga and beyond. Throughout the video, there is no dialogue, only Tango music, and like Tango, the story only begins the moment the dancers encounter.
Future Project (4 episodes )
We look forward to the prospect of exploring the potential collaboration between technology and arts companies in Hong Kong, whereas those possibilities have been created in other places in the world. We would like to ask for the Potential possibilities in future collaborations, and the challenging issues in the present moment.
Episode 1 - Fabrics X Scenography (Available from 28 Jan) Artist: Yuen Hon Wai (Scenographer)
Episode 2 - Interactive Media Arts (Available from 10 Feb)
Artist: Adrian Yeung (Multimedia designer, Theatre director)
Episode 3 - Robot Era (Available from 5 Mar)
Artist: Yan Pat To (Theatre director, Playwright)
Episode 4 - Animation and Illusion (Available from 22 Mar)
Artists: Otto Li (Animation concept designer), Kong Kee (Comic artist, Animation director)