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"Bear-Men" by Theatre Ronin shows how life evolves from unexpected predicaments
     Theatre Ronin will stage its latest production, "Bear-Men", (in Cantonese) in January 2017. The play is based on "Notes on Sewing Bears" by well-known writer Xi Xi, which examines how life evolves from unexpected predicaments.

     While recovering from an illness, Xi Xi's right hand was still not working very well, so she started using her left hand to write instead. She also took up bear-sewing to retrain the motor skills of her right hand. After this experience, she wrote "Notes on Sewing Bears". Acclaimed as much more than a book, it was written to challenge the author's physical limits and to transform her knowledge of the world into "cuddly cute" behavioural art.

     The stage performance is inspired by "Notes on Sewing Bears". Five performers roar with music and dance with apparently senseless boredom. Lost among myriad images, these young people reflect on how they have evolved from unexpected predicaments. They hear echos of a life that has never stopped sounding, even in our solitude.

     Director Alex Tam is responsible for concept creation and stage design, while the playwright is Jonathan Chan and the performers comprise Moa Ship-wing, Chan Kong-hung, Chiu Lo-yin, Donald Chan and Leung Po-wing. Live music during the performance is provided by Donald Chan and Leung Po-wing.

     Theatre Ronin was founded by artistic director Alex Tam in 2006 and is currently the recipient of a Hong Kong Arts Development Council grant. Focusing on the ingenious concept of a "theatre of imagery", Theatre Ronin’s theatrical works are marked by highly stylised, scenic elements and the sensitive portrayal of daily-life details that seem negligible but which are in fact substantial. In recent years the group has focused on creating productions that belong to the Hong Kong people and adapting local literary works for the stage.

     "Bear-Men" by Theatre Ronin, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be staged at 8pm on January 6 and 7, 2017 (Friday and Saturday); and 3pm on January 7 and 8, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre. Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999.

     For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7325 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/theatre/programs_129.html.
Ends/Friday, November 18, 2016
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