Tai Kwun Performing Arts Season: SPOTLIGHT

A Poem in Jail

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A Poem in Jail

Date & Time

7 - 16 May, 2021 Preview 07.05.2021│ 9:15pm
08 – 16.05.2021│7pm
08 & 10 – 16.05.2021│ 9:15pm

Location

Site-wide

Price

$280/$200(Preview)

General

Curated by

Playwright and Director

Yan Pat To

Media Installation

Kingsley Ng

Lyric Artist

Chow Yiu Fai

Sponsor

I’m not waiting for you.

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.

*Concept of the show title by〈黑房〉, Chow Yiu Fai

Creative Team

Curated by Reframe Theatre and Felixism Creation

Playwright and Director: Yan Pat To^

Project Curator: Felix Chan

Dramaturg: Jass Leung

Media Installation: Kingsley Ng

Lyric Artist: Chow Yiu Fai

Scenographer: Yuen Hon Wai

Video Designer: Adrian Yeung

Lighting Designer: Vanessa Lee

Sound Designer: Kan Hei Chun

Performers: Ceci Chan, Ng Fung Ming, Leung Tin Chak, Leung Ho Pong, Sze Wei, Cheung Tik Ki

^ With the kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
 

<Remarks 

  • Recommended for ages 12 and above
  • No latecomers will be admitted
  • Performed in Cantonese with no surtitles
  • Audience is advised to arrive 15 mins before the show starts
  • Audience is required to walk around various locations.Please assess your physical condition if it is suitable for participation
  • Comfortable clothing is recommended
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice.Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
  • The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.


Spin-off

The video is extracted from On Stage Online "A Poem in Jail (in progress) – Happy Together Till the Next Century Comes", the locations shown were cleared during filming with no public access.


Ticketing

Tickets  |  $280/$200(Preview)

Tickets available at art-mate.net from 10 am on 11 March 2021

Discounts (Limited Quotas)

•  40% off for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders

•  15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code


About Reframe Theatre Company

Every creation of a theatrical work is a new and unique experience. Every work therefore experiences a new process of reframing. Reframe Theatre aims at exploring new writing, scenography, and the relationship between body and space, and is established by Pat To Yan who is a playwright, director and the part-time university lecturer. The renowned British playwright and critic, Dan Rebellato, describes Pat To Yan as a 'talented, engaged, enthusiastic, committed playwright whose work is extremely interesting, mixing the political and personal with power and effect'.


Biography

Yan Pat To
Kingsley Ng
Chow Yiu Fai

Playwright and Director
 

Yan Pat To is a playwright, director, writer, and educator active in both Hong Kong and Germany. He received his MA in Playwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London, and graduated with distinction. He is currently Artistic Director of Reframe Theatre, Visiting Lecturer in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Dramaturgy), the elected Council Member (in the Literary Arts art form) and Art Form Group (Literary Arts) Chairman at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His play A Concise History of Future China is selected by 2016 Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen Stueckemart as one of the five theatrical works presented. It is the first ethnic Chinese play ever selected, and the stage reading in German is performed in both 2020 and 2021. Yan was a resident artist at the Munich Residenztheater in 2018 with the commissioned work Happily Ever After Nuclear Explosion performed in Hong Kong and Korea in 2019. The play is nominated for Best Play at the 12th Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and is invited for performance at CINARS Biennale 2020 in Canada. His earlier work White Blaze of the Morning is awarded Best Play at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and he is nominated for Director of the Year at the IATC(HK) Critics Awards 2019 for Goldfish of Berlin.

Photo: Ted KIm

Media Installation
 

Kingsley Ng is an interdisciplinary designer and artist working primarily on site-specific, process-based and participatory projects. Ng crafts a relationship between the work and its context through media and formats including interactive installations, public workshops, sound, spatial design and experiential design. He graduated from Ryerson University, Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts, and the University of Edinburgh. His art and design projects have been exhibited at venues such as the IRCAM – Centre Pompidou (France), Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Italy), Milan Design Week, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan, Land Art Mongolia, Shanghai World Expo, and Guangzhou Triennial. He is recipient of a number of grants and awards including the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009, Award for Best Artist (Media Arts) at the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, and a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for overseas research. Ng is currently an assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Photograph courtesy of ArtAsiaPacific and the artist

Lyric Artist

Chow Yiu Fai is a renowned Hong Kong lyricist with more than 1,000 lyrical works produced in the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong since 1989. In addition to lyric writing which has earned him numerous accolades, Chow is also a writer of prose and stories.  His prose work A Long, Long Farewell won the Recommendation Prize of the 13th Hong Kong Biennale Awards for Chinese Literature (Essays) in 2015. One Body, Two Persons, a collection of short stories, was selected in the 27th Secondary Students' Best Ten Books Election. Chow has been increasingly involved in multi-media and visual art projects with recent works including Utopia, Momentarily in the New Vision Arts Festival and IFIFIFIFIFIFIFIFIFIFIFIFIF in the Animamix Biennale 2018. Chow Yiu Fai received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. Currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University, Chow’s research fields include gender and sexuality, creative practices and cultural studies at large. He has published numerous articles in top-tier journals and he co-authored the book Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image.

Photo: Franky Li


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