International puppet theatres to perform "From Puppets to Humans" Series


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Acclaimed international puppet theatres will stage the "From Puppets to Humans" Series from September to November. Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the series consists of three plays offering different takes on life. There will also be a series of talks.

     Details are as follows:
 
"André and Dorine" by Kulunka Theatre Company (Spain)
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September 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday) 8pm
September 24 (Sunday) 3pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Tickets: $140, $180, $240
 
     "André and Dorine" is a poetic piece of mask and mime theatre, exploring important themes with warmth and humour.

On stage, three actors present more than 15 characters without speaking, relying only on gestures and the use of masks. André and Dorine live just like many old couples do, slowly deteriorating from routine and neglect. However, the coming of Alzheimer’s breaks the monotony, and so begins a fresh start in their relationship, a journey through memory.

They need to remember who they were, so as not to forget who they are. They remember how they used to love, so that they can keep loving one another.

"Clowns' Houses" by Merlin Puppet Theatre (Germany)
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October 6 and 7 (Friday and Saturday) 8pm
October 8 ( Sunday) 3pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $200, $260

     Merlin Puppet Theatre uses a combination of different puppetry techniques in this puppet theatre for adults. Six residents live in five apartments in the same building.

They live with their fears, obsessions and loneliness in their prison-like dark houses. They are trapped in their routines. They are distanced from their dreams.

“Clowns’ Houses” takes an uncomfortably close look at our style of modern living.

"CELL" - co-produced by Smoking Apples and Dogfish (UK)
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November 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday) 8pm
November 12 (Sunday) 3pm
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
Tickets: $160, $220

     Nominated for the Peter Brook Festival Award, "CELL" is a collaboration between two of the United Kingdom (UK)’s most exciting young companies. After being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, Ted goes on the trip of a lifetime - and so does his pet fish. He rushes off to experience the world, from the markets of Lille to the romance of Venice.

This heartwarming and inventive puppetry tells the story of one man’s final adventure to create enough memories to last a lifetime.

"Appreciation of Puppetry" Talks Series
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September 4 - Topic: The World of Children’s Puppet Theatre
September 11 - Topic: Finite and Infinite: The Eclectic Expression of Puppets in Real Life
September 18 - Topic: The Development of Traditional Chinese Puppet Theatre in Contemporary Theatre Performance
(Mondays) 7.30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $50 (per session/free seating)

     Tickets are now available at URBTIX (http://www.urbtix.hk" target="_blank">www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7323 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/multi_arts/groups_288.html" target="_blank">www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/multi_arts/groups_288.html.



Published on: 2017-07-14

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