In the Show – October 28th 2008

Opening this year’s New Vision Arts Festival, the Holland-based Nederlands Dans Theater came to Hong Kong with a triple bill by four contemporary choreographers. Established in 1959 by 18 former members of the Dutch National Ballet, it’s known for its cutting-edge repertoire. The show included a co-commissioned work from choreographer Wayne McGregor, as well as “Tar and Feathers” and “Shoot the Moon” by NDT resident choreographers Jiri Kylian and Lightfoot Leon.

It’s seven years since Ben Stiller directed his satire of the fashion and modelling industries “Zoolander”. Now he’s back with a movie in which the “blue steel” male model pose has been replaced by cold steel and explosions, although it still does feature a bunch of posers. The movie is “Tropic Thunder”. The new posers are a group of spoiled Hollywood actors who find themselves in the middle of a real battle zone while shooting a war movie, and Gary Pollard’s been to see it.

“The Tempest” was William Shakespeare’s final bow. It’s a story of betrayal and revenge, as well as a master craftsman’s farewell to the magic of creation. The Contemporary Legend Theatre’s new adaptation, directed by Hong Kong film-maker Tsui Hark, and with costumes by Oscar-winning designer Tim Yip, features Peking opera virtuoso Wu Hsing-kuo, 20 other actors, and 17 musicians. In the hope of keeping Peking Opera vigorous and alive, this Taiwanese theatre company has turned many foreign and Chinese tales into operas over the past 22 years, including four Shakespeare plays.


For almost 20 years The Smith Quartet (seen above in our studio) has been at the forefront of the world’s contemporary music scene. They have developed a repertoire by some of the most exciting living composers and established an international reputation for their dynamic style and original approach to contemporary music. Tonight they perform an excerpt from Philip Glass’s Third String Quartet.

Please click here to see a streaming video of the show


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