In the Show – 20th May 2008

Last week, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was home to Art HK 08, the largest international art fair ever to take place here. The artworks on display were worth, in total, more than HK$500 million. Work by around 850 artists, many known around the world, was exhibited. Over 19,000 people attended. But while this first Hong Kong Art Fair was a success, many felt that more work needs to be done if it wants to position itself as one of the best in Asia.

Music’s always been big in the movies of Martin Scorsese, and some of his work has been specifically about music. He was an assistant director on “Woodstock”, he filmed The Band doing their final concert in “The Last Waltz”, he’s produced documentaries on Eric Clapton and on the Blues. Three years ago he looked back over Bob Dylan’s career in “No Direction Home”. Scorsese’s long been using the Rolling Stones music in his movies too. “Mean Streets” had “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, and “Gimme Shelter” turned up in “Goodfellas”, “Casino” and “The Departed”. Now he’s made “Shine A Light” a whole movie about the Stones themselves. Reviewer Gary Pollard loved every minute.

Over the weekend, one of the world’s pre-eminent flautists was performing Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto at the Cultural Centre with the Hong Kong Philarmonic. He’s Emmanuel Pahud. He spoke to The Works before the show.

Finally this week we’re joined in the studio by Aurelien Franckel, Ibrahima Sissoko and Modi Niakate of the French dance group Etha Dam. They are doing performances in Hong Kong over the next two nights. As Aurelien explains, the group mixes hip hop with capoeira, African dance, and theatrical dance in their show “Aduna, Land of Adventure”. Dancers Ibrahima and Modi perform an excerpt.

Want to take a look at the show? Click here to go straight to a streaming video.

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