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New Vision Arts Festival to showcase creativity in new artistic frontiers (with photos)
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     The biennial New Vision Arts Festival, celebrating its seventh edition this year, will present an array of innovative performances from top local and overseas arts groups and showcase the boundless creativity of cross-boundary collaboration.

     Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the New Vision Arts Festival will run from October 16 to November 16.

     Opening the festival will be "Political Mother: New Vision Arts Festival Uncut" by Hofesh Shechter Company from the UK. Israeli-born and London-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter has rocketed to stardom on the international dance stage with the fiery cool of his works. "Political Mother" is a pulsating fusion of classical and rock music that provides an unforgettable experience that is relentless, intense and explosive. He will create a new section for the Hong Kong performances, featuring talented local musicians alongside Hofesh Shechter Company's dancers and band members, to deliver a thrilling work. The programme will be held from October 16 to 18 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre.

     Taiwanese star choreographer Lin Hwai-min will offer his latest production "RICE", a tribute to land and nature to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and a depiction of the life cycle of rice and man through dance. The programme will be held from November 6 to 9 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre.

     Japanese master director Yukio Ninagawa will lead a group of elderly performers from the Saitama Gold Theater to present a breathtaking acting revolution in "Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets". It will be held from November 14 to 16 at the Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium.

     This is also a groundbreaking year as the festival itself is making its debut as a theatrical producer to deliver a compelling interpretation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama "Hedda Gabler" directed by the eminent British director Adrian Noble and featuring leading Hong Kong theatrical talents. The programme will be held from November 6 to 9 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre.

     New Vision breakthroughs will continue with "ArtSnap", a mini-festival within the festival, co-curated with British art collective Forest Fringe. From October 31 to November 2, performances will be staged at the Kwai Tsing Theatre's Black Box Theatre, Foyer, Plaza and surrounding environs, transforming the performing venue into a dynamic creative space.

     The festival will also feature:

* "The Kitchen" by Can & Abel Theatres (India)
* "4" and "5" by TAO Dance Theater
* "Black Monday" by O Theatre Workshop
* "Our Immortal Cantata" by Yat Po Singers
* "The Common Cold" by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
* "0x2" by Zuni Icosahedron

     Apart from presenting performances, the festival will also offer extension activities including exhibitions, talks, masterclasses, a backstage tour, meet-the-artist sessions, sharing sessions, a Young Critic-in-Residence Scheme and an outdoor programme "Music Beyond Borders".

     Tickets for the New Vision Arts Festival will be available at URBTIX from tomorrow (September 5). Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and their minders, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Other booking discounts of up to 20 per cent are available. Furthermore, for each purchase of full-price tickets for "Political Mother: New Vision Arts Festival Uncut" and "RICE" together, there will be 20 per cent discount.

     Programme brochures are available at URBTIX outlets or at the website, www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk.

     For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at www.urbtix.hk.

Ends/Thursday, September 4, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:36

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