In the Show – 27th April 2010

Wu Guanzhong is considered one of the most important 20th century Chinese painters. Last year he donated 33 paintings to Hong Kong, following earlier donations in 1995 and 2002. The new group consists of 12 oil paintings and 21 ink paintings completed between 2005 and 2009. From now until August, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is running “The Lofty Integrity: Donations of Work by Wu Guanzhong”, a collection of 51 of the artist’s works.

Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer”, based on a Robert Harris novel, is about an author who is given the job of ghosting the autobiography of a former British prime minister, not too loosely based on Tony Blair. But there could be problems. He got the job because the man who was doing it before him has died in suspicious circumstances, the prime minister is under investigation for handing terrorist suspects over to the United States for CIA torture, and he soon finds himself drawn more deeply into the world of his subject than he would like. Gary Pollard’s here to tell us more.

In his new work: “Opening Doors With A New Set of Keys” choreographer Allen Lam combines dance, music, video imagery, and Chinese poetry. He says he wants to erase the boundaries between different realms of art. The Chinese title of the dance is inspired by a ci poem from the Song Dynasty by Xin Qiji, “Rendezvous on the Night of the Lantern Festival”. Seven dancers represent the stars in the sky.They come from different backgrounds: Chinese dance, ballet, and Latin ballroom dance. Allen combines them to choreograph a “new set of keys”.

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