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Review-LEO-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-13

Tonight I went to see Circle of Eleven's LEO. I did not have the best of times. Not because of the show but because of my seat and the girl sitting to my left. I was sitting in the cheap seats of the Studio Theatre at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. I didn't see a problem with these seats at first. Those of you who have been to this theatre before know that this theatre is a relatively small black box. Our seats ended up being on the house left balcony. I have never sat here before. Little did I know when booking that these seats were partial view for the performance. Bummer. Anytime the girl to my left would lean forward I couldn't see the film screen at all. Which made reviewing this show particularly difficult. If you are going to purchase tickets to this production DO NOT buy the 200HKD tickets. They are not worth the money you are saving. Go ahead and pay the extra 50 bucks and get to see the whole stage.

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Review-The Animals and Children Took to the Streets-Hong Kong Arts Fest22-2-13

That was one of the best shows I have EVER seen in my life. It was brilliantly conceived, designed beautifully and acted to perfection. If you have not purchased tickets to 1927's production then RUN to the boxoffice and see if you can get a spare seat. (We have just been notified that this show has sold out... Perhaps you'll find one on asia expat?)

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Review- One Man, Two Guvnors- Hong Kong Arts Fest16-2-13

Question: you review a show and end up on stage in it. Do you (a) give yourself a rave write-up and admit that without you the show would have been hopeless? (b) declare a hopeless conflict of interest and write nothing more? (c) make no mention of it and feel hopelessly compromised? or (d) stop wittering and get on with the review – and remember next time not to sit at the end of the second row of the stalls (left side) – unless, that is, you like being hauled up on stage as part of a show you’re reviewing because it gives you so much more to write about.

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Review-Excerpt Performance-West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre13-2-13

Tuesday was another day of free performances by the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre Festival. Once again the queue for the free showcase was pretty ridiculous. I was very happy I lined up a half hour early. If you plan on going to free performances on Saturday I highly recommend you come early as the seating is first come/first served and some people this afternoon were not able to see the performance.

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What Are You Seeing?2-2-13

Hong Kong Arts Festival is coming soon! We wanted to get a grasp of what shows our readers are most excited to see in the upcoming months.

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Coming Soon... Our House Festival19-1-13

Our House Festival is a new multi-art platform festival that is coming to Hong Kong this week. Sponsored by HK Magazine and Fill in the Blank, its tag line is "Don't let your creativity be homeless."

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Do Trailers Work?10-1-13

I was in the cinema the other day, when we were flooded with trailers for various programs happening at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. I watched them and was very intrigued by them but I had to wonder: do they work?

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Review-The Dancer of Ultimate Bliss-4D Dynamics Dance Theatre30-12-12

Another free show being done in Hong Kong at the JCCAC. Hooray for free showcases! The Dancer of Ultimate Bliss felt more like performance art than an actual dance performance. I think a lot of this had to do with the casual feeling of the venue. The show was a blending of human statues, music, provocative posing and the transformation of the environment in order to have an effect on the audience member. I'm not the biggest fan of performance art, in general. It always feels forced, but that's just a personal opinion.

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Review-Time Moves & My Robot Dream Lover-Deaf Drama Festival22-11-12

This was a first for me. I’ve watched mime artists perform sketches but never til now a full length narrative told without words on stage. And I loved it.

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