Curators Face to Face

Curated around the theme Becoming Real, this year’s Hong Kong International Black Box Festival presents four world-renowned productions that challenge our perceptions of reality in different ways and encourage audiences to question their reading of the everyday. In a world where the boundaries between what is real and unreal have become blurred, where social media is flooded with factual and fake information, where anything goes in the competition for hit rates and profit, and where AR and VR technologies develop so quickly that we question the reliability of what we feel and perceive, it can be hard not to feel drained and isolated. But if the real world community around us breaks down, where can we create a new sense of belonging? Could theatre, one of the oldest art forms, be a place for us to come together and face the challenges ahead? In this session, festival co-curators Fung Wai Hang and Low Kee Hong talk face to face with Lai Sim Fong about this year’s festival, about the world we live in, and about their observations of contemporary theatre and how artists respond to the circumstances around them.

6 October 2018 (Saturday)


HKRep Rehearsal Hall No. 1 (6/F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong)

Fung Wai Hang & Low Kee Hong, Co-curators, Hong Kong International Black Box Festival

Lai Sim Fong


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.



Adverse weather arrangements
Changes will be announced here if typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force.

About Fung Wai Hang

A fine talent in stage art, Fung Wai Hang is not only an actor but also a director, playwright and programme coordinator. Fung obtained an MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Drama. Fung has taken on various positions of the HKRep, including Principal Actor, assistant to the Artistic Director, the Project Coordinator and Resident Director. Now she is Assistant Artistic Director of HKRep, coordinating and planning the company’s Black Box productions.


About Low Kee Hong

As Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District, Low Kee Hong is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for drama and theatre arts. In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of a number of projects and programmes that engage in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation. These include Hong Kong’s first International Workshop Festival of Theatre; a three-year programme on new directions in scenography (“What is Stage”); a three-year programme on dramaturgy (“Dramaturgy and Beyond”); international residency programmes with partners in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia; new commissions with international festivals, such as Samson Young’s One or Two Stories, or Both with the Manchester International Festival, Teatro de los Sentidos and Tang Shu Wing’s Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody with GREC Festival Barcelona; and West Kowloon’s first original Cantonese musical The Great Statesman featuring Cantonese opera elements.

About Lai Sim Fong
Lai Sim Fong graduated with an MFA in Theatre Practice from the University of Exeter, UK, where she studied under psychophysical actor training master Phillip Zarrilli. Recent directing work includes the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre production Etiquette and the Artelier production Spoken Light. Lai was also the dramaturg of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Red and Attempts on Her Life. Between 2014 and 2016, Lai was the dramaturg at Pants Theatre Production, where she was responsible for house programme design, audience development and outreach. In 2017, she worked as independent dramaturg at the Documentary Theatre Festival Hong Kong. She has also presented her work in the UK and Poland.



Public Seminar by Stefan Bläske: Dramaturgy and Political Theatre Today

As part of the “Dramaturgy and Beyond” programme co-organised by West Kowloon and the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Stefan Bläske presents a public seminar on his practice as a dramaturg, in particular his work at the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). IIPM, a theatre and film production company founded by Milo Rau in 2007 for the creation and international utilisation of his theatre productions, actions and films, dramaturgy and research, is a critical department in the investigation and treatment of historical and sociopolitical conflict. In this seminar, Stefan Bläske, the production dramaturg of IIPM’s Five Easy Pieces, shares the creative processes employed by the company and explores the dramaturgy of political theatre today.

6 October 2018 (Saturday)


Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai)

Stefan Bläske

Low Kee Hong & Janice Poon

English with simultaneous Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation

This event is co-organised by West Kowloon and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and is an extension of the talk "Curators Face to Face". Priority will be given to participants attending both events on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited, please register online in advance.


Adverse weather arrangement
Changes will be announced here if typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force.

About Stefan Bläske

Photo: Marc Stephan

Dr Stefan Bläske is a dramaturg and lecturer. After studying Theatre and Media Studies, Philosophy, Public Management and Governance, he worked as a research associate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and as a graduate assistant at the University of Vienna, and completed a PhD study on “Self-reflection and media reflection in contemporary theatre”. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked as a dramaturg at the Residenztheater in Munich, and in 2014 he was mentor for direction and dramaturgy at the Otto Falckenberg School of Performing Arts. Bläske has worked with the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) since 2015, when he joined director Milo Rau for the production The Dark Ages (Residenztheater, Munich).

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