The Viewpoints: Expressive Movement, Improvisation and  Creative Collaboration for Opera Singers

The Viewpoints: Expressive Movement, Improvisation and Creative Collaboration for Opera Singers

Hong Kong Cultural Centre (map)

The Viewpoints: Expressive Movement, Improvisation and Creative Collaboration for Opera Singers

Western opera requires singers to act while singing. Their expressiveness and stage presence can be greatly enhanced by increasing their body awareness.

This is a movement-based workshop for opera singers of all levels based on The Viewpoints, developed by Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York. Participants will explore aspects of time, space and movement to expand their physical imaginations and enhance their stage presence.

13 Oct 2019 (Sun)  |  19:30–21:00  |  GR2, 8/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Instructor: Opera Director Jennifer Williams

Participation fee for this workshop: $250 (Standard)  |  $125 (Full-Time Students)

 

 

About Jennifer Williams

  • An innovator in multimedia, immersive and site-specific approaches to opera, acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle as an ‘imaginative’ director of ‘particular ingenuity’

  • Recently directed acclaimed new productions of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song and Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 for Pittsburgh Opera, as well as ‘consistently imaginative’ and ‘extraordinarily beautiful’ new productions with video projections of Les contes d’Hoffmann, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La bohème for Miami Music Festival

Note to Participants

  • Workshops are conducted in English, suitable for ages 18 or above.

  • With limited quota and first-come-first-served.

  • Limited offer at half price to full-time students with valid Student IDs.

  • Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

  • In case of postponement or cancellation due to inclement weather,
    participants will be notified of the arrangements individually.

  • The organiser reserves the right of the final decision in case of any disputes.

Movement for Singers: Understanding and Improving Body Awareness and Movement Style for the Contemporary, Collaborative Singer

Movement for Singers: Understanding and Improving Body Awareness and Movement Style for the Contemporary, Collaborative Singer

Ko Shan Theatre (map)

Movement for Singers: Understanding and Improving Body Awareness and Movement Style for the Contemporary, Collaborative Singer

Western opera requires singers to act while singing. Their expressiveness and stage presence can be greatly enhanced by increasing their body awareness.

This class is structured with a body fundamentals warm-up emphasising breath and alignment, before moving in to improvisation with choreography. We will play with movement and dance from Carmen | Hong Kong to develop individual style and integrate character. Discussion on kinesthetics, observing movement, and adapting choreography. No dance experience required.

26 Oct 2019 (Sat)  |  19:30–21:00  |  Rehearsal Room 1, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing

Instructor: Choreographer Melinda Sullivan

Participation fee for this workshop: $250 (Standard)  |  $125 (Full-Time Students)

 

 

About Melinda Sullivan

  • Boston-based choreographer, movement coach and teacher

  • Has choreographed extensively for opera productions at the Boston Early Music Festival, where she was recently appointed the Lucy Graham Director of Dance

  • Developed a unique movement and dance programme for opera singers at New England Conservatory, where she taught and choreographed for 25 years

Note to Participants

  • Workshops are conducted in English, suitable for ages 18 or above.

  • With limited quota and first-come-first-served.

  • Limited offer at half price to full-time students with valid Student IDs.

  • Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

  • In case of postponement or cancellation due to inclement weather, participants will be notified of the arrangements individually.

  • The organiser reserves the right of the final decision in case of any disputes.

Carmen | Hong Kong

Carmen | Hong Kong

West Kowloon (map)

This November, More Than Musical will launch the world premiere of their new multimedia theatrical production, Carmen | Hong Kong, in Freespace, becoming the first ever Western opera production at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Featuring a score rearranged by renowned Italian musical director Elio Orciuolo, this 90-minute adaptation of Bizet’s classic opera is created by award-winning American director Jennifer Williams, and performed by a cast of international and local singers, including Korean mezzo soprano Moon Jin Kim, Korean tenor Jung Soo Yun and Chinese bass Shi Zong.

Carmen | Hong Kong is a multimedia theatrical production that fuses classical opera, music theatre, video design, and modern dance into an immersive experience. The adaptation reimagines Bizet’s iconic opera as a story about a Hong Kong woman and her unwavering pursuit of self-actualisation and her place in the world as a modern woman.

Rather than being fixed in a specific historical moment, the story is set in an imagined future, a few years ahead of our present. The theatre will be turned into a contemporary and immersive environment which integrates space, light and video. Projections of videos and moving images and a kinetic sculpture, which the vocalists and the dancer will interact with, replace conventional theatrical set and props. These projections include video and photo references to buildings and scenery of Hong Kong as a homage to iconic aspects of the city’s cultural past.

Ticketing Information

1 November 2019 (Friday) 8pm | 2 November 2019 (Saturday) 4:30pm

The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

(For more information about parking, please refer to this page)

Standard Tickets : HK$ 850, 550, 350, 250

Concession Tickets : HK$ 275, 175, 125 (concession tickets are not applicable to $850)

Performed in French with Chinese & and English surtitles

The programme will last approximately 90 minutes without an intermission

Latecomers are will not be admitted – audience members are strongly advised to please arrive punctually

Check out the latest cast and artist team here

More about the show

More Than Musical is proud to announce a collaboration with the Grange Festival in 2020. A highlight of the British summer, the Grange Festival, dedicated to world-class opera and dance, is based in a stunning estate with a neo-classical mansion and an elegant 600-seat theatre near Winchester in Hampshire. The collaboration will introduce an internship programme for performing arts personnel and singers in Hong Kong, led by the Grange Festival’s Artistic Director, Michael Chance, and supported by the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave. Michael Chance will also host master classes and audition singers in Hong Kong for enrolment in the Grange Festival’s international singing competition in 2021.

This event is proudly supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Equal Opportunities Foundation, Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, Sino Art, DBS Private Bank and DBS Treasures Private Client

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