New Vision Arts Festival to present top-notch dance programme "Jungle Book reimagined" in November (with photos)
"Jungle Book reimagined" is one of the co-commissioned programmes by the New Vision Arts Festival (NVAF) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and is one of the many initiatives supported by the HKJC's approved donation of $630 million to the Government of the HKSAR to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, demonstrating that the HKJC is resolute in pursuing its purpose of acting continuously for the betterment of society, all in support of creating stronger communities together.
Khan is a world-renowned choreographer. At the age of 10, he played the character Mowgli in "The Jungle Book", adapted as an Indian dance production directed by the late theatre giant Peter Brook. Now that he is a father, Khan feels that it is time to adapt the universal classic that has touched countless hearts around the world. "Jungle Book reimagined" unleashes animal instincts internalised by the dancers amidst thunderous original music, and envelopes the senses with animated projections, portraying a world where humans betray nature.
In this production, the NVAF contributed to the collaboration between the Akram Khan Company and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)'s School of Dance. Eight HKAPA students travelled to the UK to receive training and rehearse with the company; among them, Jan Mikaela Villanueva was selected to perform as a guest artist in the world premiere and as a company member in the Hong Kong premiere of "Jungle Book reimagined". The role of Mowgli is alternatively played by Villanueva and Akram Khan Company member Shum Pui-yung, who is from Hong Kong.
"Jungle Book reimagined" received high acclaim when it was staged earlier in the UK. It will be held in Hong Kong at 8pm on November 11 and 12, and also at 3pm on November 12 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, and will be performed in English. A meet-the-artist session will be held after the evening performance on November 11.
Tickets priced at $200, $280, $360, $460 and $580 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999, or use the mobile ticketing app "My URBTIX".
This year's NVAF will be held from October 28 to November 20, showcasing a range of creative, pioneering and interdisciplinary programmes. A 30 per cent discount for tickets of selected programmes can be redeemed by completing simple steps on the NVAF Facebook or Instagram page. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2370 1044 or visit www.nvaf.gov.hk.
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Ends/Thursday, October 13, 2022
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