All-in-one: Hong Kong Theatre Phenomenology
Hong Kong is a city that is all-embracing. With the historical context of East meeting West, a diversity of elements within the city can coexist and accommodate each other. This is true with theatre, where over 9,000 performances of various genres have been produced annually in this small place.
In response to Hong Kong’s theatre phenomenon, we have invited the majority of local designers and artists to compose as an “all-in-one” installation to represent the full spectrum of Hong Kong's theatre stage design.
This installation will adopt the notions of “Shared Space”, “Movable Space”,“Flexible Space” and “Virtual Space” in order to juxtapose Hong Kong's style of daily use of space along with the application of theatre in this unique city. The interaction between audience and individual displays is an improvisational act that explores the body schema and sensory impulses of Hong Kong Theatre Complex.
In a city where the sky cannot be seen, sunrise is only glimpsed through the narrow spaces between concrete buildings. And we get used to living in between gaps to a point that we continue to build many huge infrastructures to further narrow down these gaps. How peculiar that these gaps ended up being our life goals. I look forward to a day that we can see the sky again.
Theatre is a mirror that reflects our society at all times.
It's not hard to find that art begins from heavens in art history. The tales of gods, the history of kinds, etc. that slowly developed into praising the officials, knights and businessmen. And then it became an expression channel for the laymen on a personal level. From top to bottom, the generic to the specifics, the metaphysical to the physical, the absoluteness to relativity to the unique personal experience that we treasure today.
Using the mirror as a metaphor, it's like we start with a huge mirror that allows everyone to see everything first. Then the mirror begins to shatter into many small pieces and then turn into a "black mirror" in each and everyone's hand. And perhaps even a micro lens in our eyeballs or a virtual reality installed in our brains......
So please don't ask what theatre is. Art and history is created by everyone. Make the theatre you wish it to be with persistence.
That is why what lays before you as Hong Kong Theatre is a mirror that reflects the city's phenomena, a brick wall that reflects a multi-perspective and multidimensional time and space for you to feel and respond. After you have painted your own graffiti, take a deep breath and gather all the energy from everyone and break the rules. We shall get over it together.
And thereafter will be the history of our future.
PQ19是我們所有人的重要國際文化交流平台。我很榮幸成為PQ19策展團隊的一員，並與所有香港劇場設計師和製作人一起參加香港展館。我很 高興並欣賞我擁有的和我現在與誰在一起。香港劇場製作充滿激情，並且在超有限的資源下努力 工作，以維持和支持香港戲劇表演藝術產業的專業實踐。
PQ19 is an important international cultural exchange platform for all of us. It’s my honour to be part of curatorial team of PQ19 and to participate in the HK Booth with all of the Hong Kong Theatre designers and makers. I am delighted for and appreciate what I have and who I am with at this moment. Hong Kong theatre makers are full of passion. They have been working very hard with very limited resources in order to maintain and support a professional practice in HK theatre performance art Industry.
It's an honour to be part of the curatorial team of this year's PQ. It's such a meaningful project to showcase different types and scales of performances in Hong Kong to the world. Hong Kong maybe small but have nurtured a lot of artists and designers who have a lot of imaginations towards the stage. Every design is a different story with its unique meaning, background, challenges and satisfaction. All these sprung from the love and passion towards the stage since the very beginning. And we wish you can feel that from our work without judgement.
What we lack most in Hong Kong is space. Thanks to our designers’ creativity, limitations
become their inspiration rather than barriers to a much wilder imagination. The work showcases not only Hongkongers’ creative potentials but our persistency in hard times.