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Review-Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets-New Vision Arts Festival15-11-14

There is probably no better time for Hong Kong audiences to watch this Japanese production about suppression and rebellion, about order and violence and about generational struggles. The 30 seniors-turned-artists from Yukio Ninagawa’s Saitama Gold Theatre and the 24 young cast members from his Saitama Next Theatre were seamlessly complemented by the impressive set design (by Tsukasa Nakagoshi), sound design (by Shuichi Tomobe) and lighting (by Takahiro Fujita). They wove together a magical, memorable night at the theatre.

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Review-Rice-New Vision Arts Festival8-11-14

Cloud Gate is known as one of the most prolific modern dance companies in Asia. I had the pleasure of seeing them a few years ago at the Hong Kong Arts Festival when they performed Legend of White Snake. They’re known for three particular things: a fusion of modern dance with martial arts, a blending of slow, extended movement with frenetic energy and a unique voice that tells Chinese stories in a new way.

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Review-Hedda Gabler-New Vision Arts Festival7-11-14

“I feel like we’ve gone back in time.” So whispered the gentleman next to me to his friend last night during the New Vision Arts Festival’s premiere of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler directed by the acclaimed Adrian Noble. Indeed as the cast, dressed in wonderful fin de siècle European costumes (by Mandy Tam), performed on a four-sided stage furnished with red velvet chaise lounge, high-backed armchairs, candle lamps and a wooden writing desk, one felt temporarily transported to another time.

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Adrian Noble Comes to HK28-10-14

Last night Adrian Noble gave a free talk at the Cultural Center about his career as a director, his stance on Shakespeare and his upcoming production of Hedda Gabler with New Vision Arts Festival. Adrian Noble is an award-winning director and administrator from the UK, known for his unique style of taking classical pieces and reinventing them with grand scale designs. He was the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1991 to 2003 and worked with prolific actors during his tenure like Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Daniel Day Lewis and many others.

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