In the Show – 28th February 2012

“The Geisha of Gion”

PictureThe geisha are a well-recognised symbol of Japan: traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing Japanese music and dance.This year, the Hong Kong Arts Festival gave local audiences a rare chance to meet “The Geisha of Gion”.

PictureMen and a Robot Arm in “Sans Object”

It’s harder to find a bigger contrast to the femininity of geisha than the physical theatre of Aurelien Bory and Compagnie 111.“Sans Objet” is about two men interacting with a giant robotic machine. There’s a science fiction feel about the show, which is full of humour and acrobatics, but which gradually takes on a more and more disturbing atmosphere.

PictureMovie Review – “Hugo”

Martin Scorsese’s 3D movie “Hugo” based on the children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is all about a boy and machines. There are the station clocks in the Gare Montparnasse he has to keep winding, there’s the automaton left behind by his dead father he wants to repair, and there’s that most wondrous machine of all. The cinema. Gary Pollard reviews it.

PictureKarl Jenkins in Hong Kong

Welsh composer Karl Jenkins is said to be the most performed living “classical music” composer in the world. He’s best known today for his work with the choral group “Adiemus”, but not everyone knows he began as a jazz musician. Recently he was in Hong Kong to conduct his “Requiem” with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. The Works filmed the concert and spoke to Karl Jenkins about his life and career.

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