Vanishing Point’s Interiors
Beijing 707N Theatre
Vanishing Point is Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its distinctive, ground-breaking and visionary work. This autumn, the company will tour its award-winning, internationally acclaimed production Interiors to two Chinese cities – Shanghai and Jiashan. It is a deeply mysterious and powerfully intense piece of work, inspired by Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck’s astonishing play of the same name.
Nanjing Grand Theatre, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Beijing Poly Theatre
October will see a return of the Philharmonia Orchestra to China and South Korea for the first time with Esa Pekka Salonen, and soloist Krystian Zimerman. Zimerman performs Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety as part of the Bernstein 100 anniversary celebrations
Britain’s Greatest Living Pianist: Stephen Hough
Piano genius Stephen Hough returns to Hong Kong with a specially-devised solo recital that explores every side of his artistic personality: thinker, communicator and supreme virtuoso. As one of the supporters, British Council fans could enjoy a ticket discount from 18 August 2018. More details will be revealed via British Council Hong Kong Facebook.
Another Way of Telling
British Council, Shanghai Center of Photography
“Another Way of Telling” showcases almost 100 works from the rich, dynamic careers of Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, two leading documentary photographers in the UK. Here, acerbic wit is brought to sharp social commentary on subjects that are seen through two highly individual perspectives that wrap in a warm dose of humor from the photographers’ penetrating insight into the issues of our times.
Curious Directive’s Frogman
Beijing Inside-out Theatre
Since 2008 Curious Directive has evolved into a small family of theatre-makers led by Artistic Director Jack Lowe. Operating from Norwich, the collective forges relationships with science communities, theatre-audiences and technology partners in pursuit of emotionally charged science-led theatre. The Collective will present its technically innovative, new devised piece 'Frogman' in Beijing at the Inside-out Theatre for 10 performances as part of the Art and Technology Festival, and in Nanjing (venue and dates TBC).
Manchester Camerata China tour
Famous for innovation, the orchestra pops up in all sorts of places, from concert halls to care homes, and collaborates with a spectrum of artists, from classical superstars like Martha Argerich to the Hacienda DJs. The orchestra’s Music Director and conductor, Gábor Takács-Nagy, is one of the finest musicians and a magnet for international artists. Camerata is at the forefront of music-led dementia research.
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – Romeo and Juliet
Broadway Circuit in collaboration with British Council
Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences. This Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The British Council and Broadway Circuit are bringing this contemporary interpretation to Hong Kong from 25 August onwards.
The Great Theatre of China
Western Society is a portrait of civilization in the 21st century, like a frame through which we can peep into the living room of an unknown family, and recognize ourselves. By exploring the internet’s remote darkness, Gob Squad have brought back a tiny satellite, a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
SAIC Shanghai Culture Square
Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of this classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. Whilst the original story has been reimagined for modern audiences, the core themes of this classic tale remain at the core of the New Adventures version. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella has won many awards inculding the Oliver Awards twice (1998 and 2011) and Theatre Awards UK 2011. Currently it is doing a major UK and International tour until March 2019 and will come to Shanghai in August 2018.
Wolf Alice China tour
Wolf Alice (formed in 2010) is a British four-piece alternative rock, indie-rock and pop band. Deriving their name from a short story by Angela Carter, Wolf Alice subsequently released the single “Leaving You” as a free download on their Soundcloud page which resulted in BBC Radio 1 airplay and a feature in NME’s ‘Radar’ section, significantly increasing the exposure of the group.
National Youth Theatre of Great Britain X HKYAF X ArtisTree: FLOOD Workshops
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation in collaboration with ArtisTree
The groundbreaking National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) makes its Hong Kong debut with the brand new dystopian work FLOOD, a collaborative production with Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and ArtisTree in September 2018. Pre-performance workshops featuring set and costume design, movement and creativity led by NYT will be available in August 2018 to allow the public to engage and explore the amazing theatrical production and performance.
CHAT GO! Let’s Build a Textile Village
Centre for Heritage Arts & Textile
‘CHAT GO! Let’s Build a Textile Village’ featuring a series of workshops, screenings and talks exploring spinning, weaving and dyeing to celebrate the textile industry’s role in Hong Kong in a participatory way. Participants will get a glimpse of Turner Prize-winning architect collective Assemble’s creative work in progress and their ideas for the design of The D.H. Chen Foundation Gallery that will be opened in 2019.