HKAF Laila's Public Talk Series — Sight and Sound: Performing Arts X Tech

HKAF Laila's Public Talk Series — Sight and Sound: Performing Arts X Tech

Date & Time

13 Aug 2022 4:30 - 5:30pm


JC Cube


Free of charge


Solely sponsored by

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Venue Partner

Tai Kwun

HKAF Laila's Public Talk Series Sight and Sound: Performing Arts X Tech

Arts Tech has become an ubiquitous word in Hong Kong's art development recently. More and more performance venues, art groups and artists are using artificial intelligence, spatial sound, virtual reality and other innovative technologies to explore other possibilities for stage performances, widening the spectrum for artistic creation. Over the past decade, the HKAF has also brought a number of performances using various stage technologies to Hong Kong audiences, like the Frogman (2019) and BLINDNESS (2021).

Though Arts Tech has increased in prominence, discussions of it from people in the field of performing arts have been rare. The first of Laila Public Talk Series focuses on theatre, inviting leading stage designers and director to tell us all more about “Performing Arts X Tech” on stage.


Ata Wong, Stage Director and Acting Coach

Allen Fung, Lighting Designer, and Lecturer (Media Technology), HKAPA

AK Kan, Sound Designer

In Cantonese

The 50th HKAF special project “Laila” is a co-production by the HKAF and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet ( FNOB ). Together with a series of outreach and education events, the special project is solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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Allen Fung
AK Kan
Ata Wong

Allen Fung  is  a  Lecturer  (Media  Technology)  at  The  Hong  Kong  Academy  for  Performing  Arts.  He  graduated  with  Master  of  Fine  Arts  from  School  of  Creative  Media  at  City  University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Hong  Kong  Academy  for  Performing  Arts,  majoring  in  Theatre  Lighting.  Recently  he  worked  on  a  number  of  cross-disciplinary    projects,    exploring    the    boundaries    between media and performing arts. Having  worked  with  major  theatre  groups,  dance  troupes  and touring companies in Hong Kong and overseas, Fung specialises in stage lighting design, lighting system design, lighting  programming  and  video  system  and  show  control  system  design.  He  also  does  audio-visual  system  design  and  programming  for  theme  parks,  corporate  projects  and  entertainment events.

AK Kan Hei-chun is a freelance sound designer, artist and field recordist. Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts, majoring in Sound System Design.

He has started his curatorial project - AK IN KK - Nature Field Recording HK (, a sound recording project featuring a sound map and sound library of Hong Kong’s nature, in bringing mountains and streams to the urban ears; The project is funded by HKADC Project Grant in 2020.

His recent participated productions include: West Kowloon Cultural District - A Thousand Plateaus and Only when you sleep, it works (working title) , Tai Kwun Spotlight - A Poem in Jail, Jockey Club ifva Everywhere New Work Series Birds Sing Louder in the City, dance performance - Yin Yu Chun Fai; immersive theatre projects at the Fringe Club - Lingering in Time and Stream of Consciousness;  and Ocean Park Halloween Fest (2014-2017). In 2019, he designed the sound for Dialogue in the Dark Dialogue Experience.

A director, choreographer, actor, film movement director, and physical acting instructor, currently also an artist-in-residence (Creative Acting) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Ata graduated from the School of Dance in Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 2005. He studied at École Internationale de Theâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 2008, completed the two-year programme and the courses in Le Laboratoire d'Etude du Mouvement. He returned to Paris in 2018 and  awarded a professional license for teaching at Jacques Lecoq for the third year of the teaching course.

Ata formed the Theâtre de la Feuille in 2010 and led as director and artistic director. The company blends East-and-West, where the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq interweaves with the oriental traditional arts. Various works have been touring 200 performances over 80 locations, including the United States, France, Italy, Croatia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and across most cities in China. Other directorial and movement works cover multi-genres including filming, pop concerts, musical theatre, ballet etc.

He was awarded the Best Young Artist (Drama) in Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2017, Best Director for L'Orphelin at The Hong Kong Theatre Libre and IATC (HK) Critics Awards.