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Review-Before Brabant-Hong Kong Arts Festival20-3-14

In Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, his heroine is asked how she would address the difficulties of staging Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’. Her one sentence response is succinct: ‘do it on the radio!’

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Review-Nordic Waves-Hong Kong Arts Festival19-3-14

It’s been 12 hours since I left the Cultural Center and I still have no idea what I watched last night. Nordic Waves was billed as two modern dance pieces from Scandinavian choreographers. It was described in the program as “two highly provocative yet markedly contrasted productions by female choreographers Elina Pirinen and Gunilla Heilborn. While both choreographers’ works exhibit the sleek, minimalist characteristics of Nordic arts and designs, each projects an entirely different tone and temperature onto the stage.”

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Review-FILTH- Hong Kong Arts Festival18-3-14

There are good stories about bad people, but in order to make it so, the bad people need to be real. Instead, FILTH presents four predictable clichés of Hong Kong expats, each of them one-dimensional, unengaging characters.

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Review-Asia Pacific Dance Platform-Hong Kong Arts Festival15-3-14

The ‘Asia Pacific Dance Platform IV,’ showcased the talents of five young dancers from China, India and Korea. Although the contemporary dance pieces weren't based around one theme, the show was able to display a variety of different kinds of performances.

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Review-Iphigenia in Tauris-Hong Kong Arts Festival13-3-14

Pina Bausch’s Iphigenia in Tauris is a dance/opera. What is a dance/opera? It is a blending of the two styles together that uses the storytelling and musical elements of classical opera and blends them with the movement and physicality of modern dance.

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Review-Girl Talk-Hong Kong Arts Festival9-3-14

Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and directed by Lee Chun-chow, Girl Talk is a double line-up of two new works: Big Girl, written and performed by Rosa Maria Velasco, and Paper Duck on the Run, written and performed by Santayana Li.

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Review-iTMOi-Hong Kong Arts Festival8-3-14

A commissioned work for the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, iTMOi (which stands for In the Mind of Igor) premiered in Grenoble, France in May 2013. Instead of retaining Stravinsky's music or Vaslav Nijinsky's choreographic language from the iconoclastic ballet, choreographer and dancer Akram Khan explored the psyche of how the work came about.

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Review-Bullet Catch-Hong Kong Arts Festival7-3-14

It may not be a truth universally acknowledged but it’s one which I myself advocate: that a core function of drama is to allow each onlooker, cocooned in the security of the theatre, to suspend not only their disbelief but also the current cares of their day-to-day lives so they can instead share the more intensely in the jeopardy of those on stage, imagining how they themselves might cope if presented in real life with those same dilemmas.

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Review-Amid the Clouds-Hong Kong Arts Festival2-3-14

This show is billed as a ‘powerful drama that turns asylum seekers from cold statistics into human beings, recording their trials and hardships with honesty and great feeling’. I disagree.

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Review-Last Touch First-Hong Kong Arts Festival27-2-14

Only one word is really needed – mesmerizing.

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