Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times. The people’s republic of china placed wuxia under heavy censorship for fear of arousing anti-government sentiment. However practitioners advanced the form in Hong Kong making it one of the most popular genres of Chinese fiction. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 28-metre scroll-like video installation that references life during the song dynasty (960–1279 CE), but undermines its idealized portraiture of social cohesion by setting the narrative in Kowloon’s notorious walled city—an ungoverned tenement of disenfranchised refugees in Hong Kong which was demolished in 1994.
New project with Theatre Conspiracy and a brand new partner company. To be announced soon! Residency and development at the Gateway Theatre, August 14th - 28th 2016. Further development between Toronto & Vancouver, 2016 - 2017. Premiere new work at the Cultch, November 2017.
“I’ve always dreamed of seeing Earth…”
VISITORS FROM FAR AWAY TO THE STATE MACHINE is a multi-media theatre space opera with variable beginnings, middles, and endings. Two aliens travel millions of light years to Earth for their honeymoon. On their journey, they tease one another with sexy and profane stories from the past, present, and future. They arrive on planet Earth and their fantasy begins/continues/completes.
Performed by Felicia Lau and Conor Wylie
Original Scenario by Hong Kong Exile (w/ Felicia Lau and Conor Wylie)
More Information to come...
Friday, April 15, 2016
8pm to 12am
Art | Music | Performance
Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs and unexpected surprises make FUSEVancouver's favourite art party—a place to see some of the best in local performance art, theatre, contemporary dance and music, plus take in the FUSE lounge.
FUSE Admission: $22.85 (+tax)
Tickets at the door.
HKX has been invited to present excerpts from Nine Doesn't Follow Eight at PuShOFF.
PuShOFF is a curated platform of tour-ready works and projects in development, timed with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
It is a two-day showcase event timed with the busy Assembly weekend of the PuSh Festival. Over two afternoons, presenters and artists have the opportunity to see and show work and mingle in a relaxed and social atmosphere. PushOff includes theatre, performance and dance work and is curated by James Long and Maiko Yamamoto of Theatre Replacement and Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley of 605 Collective.
More details to be released soon!
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can All Stars, New Music Detroit) makes her debut solo performance in Chicago, bringing a program of new works with electronics by Canadian composers Remy Siu and Adam Basanta, a preview from her forthcoming album on New Amsterdam Records by Andy Akiho, and a performance of the mesmerizing piece "Piano Counterpoint" by Steve Reich.
"Brilliant" - NY Times
"New star of new music" - LA Times
Written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (Huffington Post columnist, star of Spike/MTV’s The Deadliest Warrior, and former host of CBC’s The Roundup), Empire of the Son is Tetsuro’s personal story of his relationship with his father. Separated by a generation but connected by blood, Tetsuro and his father speak different languages and possess different values, but what ultimately keeps them apart is their similarities.
The draw: Ricepaper Magazine calls Shigematsu “the voice of our Azn generation”
Venue: Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables Street
Show dates and times:
Oct 6, 8 PM: Preview
Oct 7, 8 PM: Opening
Oct 8 – 10, 13 – 24: 8 PM
Oct 11: 2 PM
Post-show talkbacks: Oct 8, 11 & 13
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission
Written and Performed by: Tetsuro Shigematsu
Produced by: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Artistic Producer: Donna Yamamoto
Director/Original Concept Dramaturgy: *Richard Wolfe
Dramaturge: Heidi Taylor
Set Design: Pam Johnson
Lighting Design: Gerald King
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design: Steve Charles
Audio Dramaturge: Yvonne Gall
Stage Manager: *Susan Miyagishima
Technical Director/Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Props Master: Carole Macdonald
Video Design Consultant: Remy Siu
June 19, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Raisbeck Performance Hall
2015 Boren Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
COST: $17 - $80
The second weekend in the festival’s Inter/National series, set at Raisbeck Performance Hall, features artists from near and far with local favorite badmarmar Dance (Marlo Martin), and Hong Kong Exile, treating the embroiled politics of that region in Asia.
badmarmarDANCE, a bold, succinct, and emotionally driven local modern dance company performs this feels like a rut or a groove…depends on how you look at it. Director Marlo Martin has put together a dream team of dancers, each a subtle, intentional, and thoughtful performer and after taking a break from creating to question her artistic process, has unearthed this resulting work. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this Seattle favorite.
Hong Kong Exile (Hong Kong, Vancouver, Canada) presents NINEEIGHT a sensory-driven, multimedia dance theater work inspired by Mo Lei Tau, a phenomenon of absurdist, comedic film, that emerged in Hong Kong in the 1990’s. Through mainland China in 1997, reflecting on personal fractures, disorientation, and the significance of a ‘motherland’ in times of political, social, and geographical transition.
PHOTO DETAIL: Hong Kong Exile, photo by artist.
Canadian trumpet virtuoso, Philippe Brunet, brings an ambitious program for solo trumpet that explores the sonic and technical limits of his instrument. Masterpieces by Stockhausen and Berio are paired with pieces commissioned by Brunet (Chrysakis and Siu). Ending the program is Erickson’s technical showcase, Kryl. Kate Campbell, a local piano star, will assist him on piano resonance on Berio’s Sequenza X.
Check out the C4NM here, http://centerfornewmusic.com/
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Harmonien (2008)
Thanos Chrysakis: Arch of Basalt and Ivy Pulse I (2014)
Remy Siu: Switch for Solo Trumpet and Electronics (2014)
Luciano Berio: Sequenza X for Trumpet and Piano Resonance (1984)
Assisted by Kate Campbell, piano
Robert Erickson: Kryl (1977)
55 Taylor St, San Francisco, California 94102
April 30 – May 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Four exquisite artists. One unforgettable evening.
Intriguing. Inventive. Inspired. This year’s CanAsian International Dance Festival is all these things and more.
Captivating performances by:
• Renowned Tokyo-based Butoh master Natsu Nakajima
• Spellbinding soloist Lee Su-Feh of Vancouver’s battery opera performance
• Vancouver’s spirited upstarts, Hong Kong Exile
• Sampradaya Dance Creations, one of Canada's outstanding South Asian dance companies
Tickets: 416.973.4000 or www.canasiandance.com
A play about what happens when domestic and war-related violence intersect. Are you ready to be Blasted?
Sarah Kane’s first full-length play Blasted, opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1995. It became the cause célèbre of the theatrical year, making front-page headlines, selling out houses and outraging critics.
Pi will be marking the 20th anniversary of Blasted’s first production by bringing Kane’s seminal play to life in Vancouver in April 2015. This will be the second professional production of Blasted seen in this country. Twenty years after it first hit the London stage with incendiary force, Blasted now seems more at home in the present than it ever has in the past. Scenes that were thought of as exaggerated to the point of absurdly have taken on an uncomfortable familiarity in the face of contemporary events.
In her iconic play, Sarah Kane has created an unforgettable theatrical experience that illustrates how war is no more than the natural extension of the personal violence that can be found behind the locked doors of homes everywhere. History has shown humans to be capable of acting without mercy, while we have, at the same time, an innate need to love and be loved. Kane explores this paradox in an uncompromising play.
What begins as the sordid story of a dysfunctional relationship soon takes on a classical almost operatic dimension as the all-too-common realities of domestic brutality become inverted and Kane pushes her characters across the threshold of the familiar into the surreal nightmare of a world shattered by war.
My piece for 4-channel speakers, "Qanimts" (co-composed by Russell Wallace) will be performed in Sonic Boom 2015. The piece is built from Coast Salish consonants and originally commissioned by Russell Wallace for the anniversary of Neo-Nativism.
Exact date/time TBA.